The trade volume between Germany and India has more than tripled in the past 10 years. In 2017, it amounted to around 19 billion euros. India is the fourth largest trade partner of Germany in the Asia-Pacific region and Germany is India’s most important trade partner in the EU. The trade relations between both parties are characterized by diversity. The goods they trade range from automotive components to medical devices. German companies play an important role in the development of transport networks, energy systems, charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, machinery safety and data protection in India. In innovative sectors, such as industry 4.0, German and Indian experts regularly coordinate relevant technical and regulatory frameworks.


The political partners of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in India are the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (MoCAF & PD), the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI), the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), the Ministry of Power (MoP) and the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises (MoHI & PE).


The first Indo-German Standardisation Forum took place in New Delhi on 12 July 2019. More than 60 representatives from government and industry as well as standardisation experts came together at this interactive event to discuss India’s and Germany’s approaches and priorities in standardisation.

More than 30 Indian and German standardisation experts and industry representatives discussed standards for electric vehicle charging infrastructure in New Delhi on 11 July 2019. The event took place during a delegation visit to India by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and the German standardisation bodies DIN and DKE.


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ORF Issue Brief No. 245 "Quality rules in India: Trade, technical regulations and consumer protection" by Philip Grinsted, Alok Kesari and Khushwant Singh, team members of the Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) India.

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Voice-over presentation on the regulatory approach and the role of market surveillance in the European Union by Hans-Georg Niedermeyer, Director of the Central Authority of the German Federal States for Safety (ZLS).

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Quality Infrastructure (QI) describes the system that ensures that user quality expectations and regulatory requirements are met. Well-functioning and internationally coherent national quality infrastructures are important in a world of global value chains. They reduce time, costs, and business uncertainty for firms.

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Studies - Indien

Automotive and Component Trade with India: Insights on standards, homologation and imports

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Making Safe Machines a Standard in India: Insights and Recommendations from Comparing Regulations in India and Germany

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