Judy Genshaft

University of South Florida

“The Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council is an integral part of our region’s international trade strategy"

President Ronald L. Vaughn

The University of Tampa

"The Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council has a lead role in helping to rebuild these relationships for our community.”

Bob Rohrlack

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce commends the Mayor and County on their vision to strengthen Protocol with an international trade component.


Germany is Europe's largest economy and second most populous nation (3). The Federal Republic of Germany is one of the world's leading economic powers and the world's second largest exporting country (4).

Germany’s natural resources include iron ore, coal, potash, timber, lignite, uranium, copper, natural gas, salt, nickel, arable land (3). Its economy is structured as followed (in % of GDP): services 69%, industry 30.1% and agriculture 0.8% (2013) (1).

Germany’s agriculture products include potatoes, wheat, barley, sugar beets, fruit, cabbages; cattle, pigs, poultry (2). Its industries include automobiles and other road vehicles, chemicals, machinery, cement, machine tools, food and beverages, shipbuilding, textiles, electrical goods, iron, steel, and coal (1;4).

Germany’s top exports commodities include vehicles, motor vehicles, machinery, chemicals products, computer and electronic products, electrical equipment, pharmaceuticals, metals, transport equipment, foodstuffs, textiles, rubber and plastic products (1). Its top imports commodities include machinery, data processing equipment, vehicles, chemicals, oil, natural gas, metals, electric equipment, pharmaceuticals, raw materials, foodstuffs, textiles, various manufactured goods and agricultural products (1;4).

Germany’s main ports and terminals are Bremen, Bremerhaven, Duisburg, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, Lubeck, Neuss-Dusseldorf, Rostock, and Wilhelmshaven (1).

Trade Statistics
Germany was the United-States 5th largest goods trading partner during 2013 (8). It was also the United States 5th largest supplier of goods imports and goods export market (8). And United-States was Germany’s 2nd main export partner (12). Germany invests $4.13 billion in Florida annually (5).
Florida’s top exports to Germany include Civilian Aircraft, Engines, Parts, Waste and Scrap of Precious Metals, Orthopedic Appliances, Artificial Body Parts, Hearing Aids, Medical, Surgical, Dental or Veterinary Instruments, Turbojets, Motor Cars & Vehicles for Transporting Persons (7).

Germany has the third-largest number of foreign-owned businesses (66) in Tampa Bay, about 16% of the Tampa Bay Foreign Owned Companies. German companies employ 22,000 people in Florida (5).

In 2012, the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States chose Tampa as the chapter’s headquarters. The chapter will promote and support bilateral trade between Germany and the State of Florida (6).

Trade Numbers
  • United States’ goods imports from Germany in 2013: $114.6 billion (9)
  • United States’ goods exports to Germany in 2013: $47.4 billion (9)
  • Florida’s merchandise exports to Germany in 2013: 953.0 Millions of US Dollars (7)
  • Florida’s merchandise imports from Germany in 2013: 1,582.7 Millions of US Dollars (7)
  • Total Merchandise Trade between Florida and Germany in 2013: 2,535.6 Millions of US Dollars (7)
  • Imports from Germany to Tampa Port Authority in 2010 were $6,783,431 (11)

Export Companies (10)

Company Parent Country County NAICS Titles # of Employees
Action Bolt & Tool Co. Germany Multiple Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 30 to 49
Airvac, Inc. Germany Pinellas Electrical & Electrical Appliance, Television & Radio Set Merchant <10
American Lokring Corporation Germany Polk Plastics Pipe & Pipe Fitting Manufacturing 10 to 29
American Vulkan Corporation Germany Polk Mechanical Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 30 to 49
Amtech Lighting Services Company Germany Hillsborough Janitorial Services 10 to 29
BASF Construction Chemicals, LLC Germany Multiple Office Administrative Services 10 to 29
Bauer Foundation Corp. Germany Hillsborough Poured Concrete Foundation & Structure Contractors 10 to 29
Bijou Brigitte, Inc. Germany Hillsborough Costume Jewelry & Novelty Manufacturing <10
Bio-Medical Applications of Florida, Inc. Germany Multiple Kidney Dialysis Centers 100 to 299
Bosch Rexroth Corporation Germany Pasco Industrial Machinery & Equipment Merchant Wholesalers <10
Brenntag Mid-South, Inc. Germany Multiple Other Chemical & Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 50 to 99
Carl Zeiss Vision, Inc. Germany Pinellas Ophthalmic Goods Manufacturing 50 to 99
Chemische Fabrik Kreussler & Co. Germany Hillsborough Service Establishment Equip. & Supplies Merchant Wholesalers <10
Coastal Caisson Corp. Germany Pasco Poured Concrete Foundation & Structure Contractors 50 to 99
Commercial Vehicles of South Florida, Inc. Germany Hillsborough Used Car Dealers 50 to 99
Daimler Trucks North America, LLC Germany Hillsborough General Freight Trucking, Local <10
DHL Express, Inc. Germany Hillsborough Couriers <10
Dorma-Carolina Door Controls, Inc. Germany Hillsborough Lumber, Plywood, Millwork, & Wood Panel Merchant Wholesalers <10
Florida Detroit Diesel - Allison, Inc. Germany Hillsborough Automotive Parts & Accessories Stores 50 to 99
Freightliner of Tampa, LLC Germany Hillsborough New Car Dealers 50 to 99
Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. Germany Multiple Offices of Physicians (except Mental Health Specialists) 50 to 99
GEA Westfalia Separator, Inc. Germany Polk All Other Miscellaneous General Purpose Machinery Mfg <10
GIW Industries, Inc. Germany Polk Metals Service Centers & Other metal MerchantWholesalers 30 to 49
Gottwald Port Technology Germany Hillsborough Industrial Machinery & Equipment Merchant Wholesalers <10
Hanson Aggregates East Inc. Germany Multiple Concrete Pipe Manufacturing 100 to 299
Helm Fertilizer Corporation Germany Hillsborough Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 10 to 29
Jafra Cosmetics International, Inc. Germany Hillsborough Cosmetics, Beauty Supplies, & Perfume Stores <10
KHS USA, Inc. Germany Multiple Packaging Machinery Manufacturing 10 to 29
Kolbus America, Inc. Germany Sarasota Industrial Machinery & Equipment Merchant Wholesalers <10
Kreussler, Inc. Germany Hillsborough Service Establishment Equip. & Supplies Merchant Wholesalers <10
Linde Gas North America, LLC Germany Manatee Industrial Gas Manufacturing <10
Mariner International Travel, Inc. Germany Pinellas Recreational Goods Rental 50 to 99
Melitta North America, Inc. Germany Pinellas Coffee & Tea Manufacturing 100 to 299
Misener Marine, Inc. Germany Hillsborough Other Heavy & Civil Engineering Construction <10
Moorings U.S. Yacht Services, Inc. Germany Pinellas Recreational Goods Rental <10
Namasco Corporation Germany Hillsborough Metals Service Centers & Other Metal Merchant Wholesalers 50 to 99
NNA of Florida, LLC Germany Sarasota Kidney Dialysis Centers 10 to 29
Orbeco-Hellige, Inc. Germany Manatee Institutional Furniture Manufacturing 10 to 29
Peter Wittwer North America, Inc. Germany Pinellas Freight Transportation Arrangement <10
Petnet Solutions, Inc. Germany Hillsborough Pharmaceutical Preparation Manufacturing <10
Rack Room Shoes, Inc. Germany Multiple Shoe Stores 100 to 299
Reebok International, Ltd. Germany Manatee Shoe Stores 10 to 29
Reimelt Corporation Germany Hillsborough Industrial Machinery & Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 50 to 99
Renal Care Group Tampa, LLC Germany Hillsborough Kidney Dialysis Centers <10
Sarasota Kidney Dialysis Center Germany Sarasota All Other Miscellaneous Ambulatory Health Care Services <10
Schauenburg Management, Inc. Germany Pinellas Instruments & Related Product Manufacturing for Measuring <10
Schlegel Durbal, Inc. Germany Pinellas General Warehousing & Storage <10
Sensidyne, LP Germany Pinellas Instruments & Related Product Manufacturing for Measuring 50 to 99
Siemens Industry, Inc. Germany Multiple Plumbing, Heating & Air-Conditioning Contractors 100 to 299
Sky Chefs, Inc. Germany Hillsborough Caterers 50 to 99
Sterling & Western Star Trucks of Tampa, LLC Germany Hillsborough New Car Dealers 50 to 99
Storopack, Inc. Germany Hillsborough Urethane & Other Foam Product (except Polystyrene) Mfg. 10 to 29
Sunsail, Inc. Germany Pinellas Recreational Goods Rental 10 to 29
Sybase, Inc. Germany Multiple Computer Systems Design Services <10
Sylvania Lighting Services Corp. Germany Multiple Janitorial Services 30 to 49
The Dial Corporation Germany Polk Soap & Other Detergent Manufacturing 50 to 99
Thyssenkrupp Elevator Corporation Germany Multiple Industrial Machinery & Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 50 to 99
T-Mobile USA, Inc. Germany Multiple Radio, Television, & Other Electronics Stores 100 to 299
Trench, Ltd. Germany Pinellas Electrical Apparatus & Equip., Wiring Supplies & Related Equip. <10
Turner Construction Company Germany Hillsborough Commercial & Institutional Building Construction 30 to 49
TUV SUD America, Inc. Germany Hillsborough Testing Laboratories <10
Villeroy & Boch USA, Inc. Germany Manatee All Other Home Furnishings Stores <10
Voicestream Wireless Corporation Germany Hillsborough Wired Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite) 10 to 29
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. Germany Multiple Automobile & Other Motor Vehicle Merchant Wholesalers <10
Zeller + Gmelin Corporation Germany Hillsborough All Other Miscellaneous Chemical Product & Preparation Mfg. <10
ZF Marine, LLC Germany Manatee Transportation Equip. & Supplies (except Motor Vehicles) Merchant <10

  1. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/gm.html
  2. http://www.infoplease.com/country/germany.html
  3. http://worldfacts.us/Germany.htm
  4. http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Germany.aspx#
  5. http://www.tampabay.com/news/german-american-chamber-of-commerce-to-open-florida-office-in-tampa/1241123
  6. http://www.gaccsouth.com/news/single-view/artikel/german-american-chamber-of-commerce-of-the-southern-united-states-inc-opens-florida-chapter/?cHash=346d21bde6727a8e51a70f7ceb0e66c5
  7. http://www.enterpriseflorida.com/wp-content/uploads/profile-fl-top-trade-partners-germany.pdf
  8. http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/highlights/top/top1312yr.html
  9. http://www.ustr.gov/countries-regions/europe-middle-east/europe/european-union
  10. http://www.tampabay.org/sites/default/files/NEW%202011%20FDI%20STUDY_0.pdf
  11. http://www.worldportsource.com/trade/byPort/DEU/USA_FL_Tampa_Port_Authority_96.php
  12. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2050.html