International

About us

The Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK Köln) is an institution financed by traders, merchants and private companies; statutory membership and fees enable it to represent the general interests of industry, trade and the service sectors.
The CCI Cologne provides advice on locational, tax and economic problems. It acts as an expert, for example, if trade customs need to be established or public loans granted. As a company under public law, the CCI executes the tasks entrusted to it on its own responsibility. It contacts government and public authorities, parliaments and courts. A dialogue that is beneficial for both sides; the state benefits from its economic competence and it reinforces the region's economic strength.
The CCI Cologne is actively involved in vocational qualification. It is responsible for training in approximately 175 job profiles and offers advice on all questions of continuation training. Extensive consultancy, information and mediation round off its range of services.
Founded in 1797, the CCI Cologne is one of the oldest chambers in Germany. Its region - the third largest industrial region in Germany in terms of economic power - includes the cities of Cologne and Leverkusen, plus the Erft, Rheinisch-Bergisch and Oberbergisch districts. About 140.000 companies are members of the chamber.

What we do

The Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK Köln) is an institution financed by traders, merchants and private companies; statutory membership and fees enable it to represent the general interests of industry, trade and the service sectors.
The CCI Cologne provides advice on locational, tax and economic problems. It acts as an expert, for example, if trade customs need to be established or public loans granted. As a company under public law, the CCI executes the tasks entrusted to it on its own responsibility. It contacts government and public authorities, parliaments and courts. A dialogue that is beneficial for both sides; the state benefits from its economic competence and it reinforces the region's economic strength.
The CCI Cologne is actively involved in vocational qualification. It is responsible for training in approximately 175 job profiles and offers advice on all questions of continuation training. Extensive consultancy, information and mediation round off its range of services.
Founded in 1797, the CCI Cologne is one of the oldest chambers in Germany. Its region - the third largest industrial region in Germany in terms of economic power - includes the cities of Cologne and Leverkusen, plus the Erft, Rheinisch-Bergisch and Oberbergisch districts. About 140.000 companies are members of the chamber.
For further information please contact our International Department:
Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Gudrun Grosse
Tel.  +49 221 1640-1561
Fax  +49 221 1640-1559
E-Mail: gudrun.grosse@koeln.ihk.de

How we are organized

The Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a public law corperation. Anyone who is commercially active in the Cologne region automatically becomes a member of it. Exceptions are firms in the skilled trades and agriculture, as they have their own chambers. The CCI is financed by membership fees from its member companies.
The supreme body of the CCI Cologne is the General Assembly, the 'parliament of business'; its members are elected every five years by the member companies.
The General Assembly elects from among its members the president and nine vice-presidents. In addition, committees are formed in which questions on specific themes such as foreign trade, taxes, law, environmental protection or new technologies are considered. The General Assembly, president and committees act on an honorary basis.
The permanent staff of the CCI Cologne are managed by an executive director, who is appointed by the General Assembly. Together with the president, the executive director represents the chamber externally. The permanent members of staff work in departments which are arranged according to fields of reference.

How to find us

Industrie- und Handelskammer zu Köln
Postal address: D-50606 Köln
Street address: Unter Sachsenhausen 10-26, D-50667 Köln
Tel.  +49 221 1640-0
E-Mail: service@koeln.ihk.de
http://www.ihk-koeln.de (German language version)