Who we are

The Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT) is the Washington, DC liaison office of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK). President is Dr. Thomas Zielke. RGIT’s mission is to foster free trade and a welcoming business environment on both sides of the Atlantic to achieve sustainable growth, jobs and innovation for companies involved in German-American economic relations.

Founded in 1988, RGIT is supported by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and serves as the voice of German Industry and Trade on behalf of RGIT’s principals BDI and DIHK. The BDI – Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie – speaks for 37 sector associations, 15 regional offices, and approx. 100.000 companies with a total workforce of about eight million people. The DIHK – Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag – represents the interests of the 80 German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CCIs) and their 3.6 million member companies from the industry, trade and service sectors.

RGIT maintains registrations under both the Foreign Agents Registration Act and the Lobby Disclosure Act.

Upcoming Events


Fact Finding Mission „Urban Development“


The Office of the Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT) will organize a Fact Finding Mission to the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the week of January 19-22, 2015, in Washington, DC. Companies from the field of urban development...[more]



RGIT hosts delegation from Schleswig-Holstein

A delegation from the German state of Schleswig-Holstein visited RGIT on November 10th. The group included representatives of the regional Departments of Commerce and Energy, the Chamber of Commerce Flensburg, as well as regional companies from the renewable energy...more


German consuls visit RGIT

On November 4, the Representative of German Industry and Trade hosted a reception for the German consuls general and honorary consuls in the US. The event was in occasion of the conference of consuls at the German Embassy in Washington D.C. The goal of the meeting...more


CSU delegation meets with representatives of U.S. industry

On October 28 RGIT greeted a delegation of members of the German Bundestag party CSU (Christian Social Union). The delegation included former federal minister Gerda Hasselfeldt, as well as members of the Bundestag Florian Hahn, Dr. Andreas Lenz and Hansjörg Durz....more


German Business Priorities for Standards and Regulatory Cooperation in TTIP

As part of the 7th round of negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), negotiators held another “Stakeholder Forum” on October 1st, 2014. The Representative of German Industry and Trade, together with our principals the Federation of...more


Fact-finding mission Education

21 representatives of German and Austrian companies joined a fact-finding mission in Washington, D.C., to learn more about the projects of the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank in the field of education. The project managers of both banks focused their...more


Workshop about German vocational education

On October 1st RGIT and American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AIGCS) organized the workshop „Learn & Earn: Promotion of the US Workforce and Skills Initiative“ with Dr. Achim Dercks, Chief Executive of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce...more

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