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Legal framework

Germany has a civil law system based on a comprehensive compendium of statutes. The jurisdiction separates between private and public law. While particular state law is often applicable in public law, private law is based on a uniform legal framework.


Both German consumer protection law and German data protection laws are generally considered to be quite strict and complex. With the consumer rights directive the differences to other member states of the EU have decreased.

Key legislation

We have compiled a series of tables within the full passport containing some of the key legislation to consider before you begin trading in the Germany. Topic areas covered include:

  • Privacy and data protection
  • Consumer protection
  • Advertising
  • Digital signatures and authentication
  • Intellectual property

Further information

If you'd like to see an extended version of this information, please see the 'Legal' section of our passport.

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Territory Overview

Territory Overview This section forms a general overview of Germany as a trading location, and contains information related to population, component parts, gross domestic product and population distribution.
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eCommerce Environment

eCommerce Environment This section concisely documents statistics and facts related to the use of online and mobile in Germany and specifically examines these channels as they relate to online retail.
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Marketing and Branding

Marketing and Branding This section explores the most popular and effective marketing mechanisms in Germany.
Finance and Payments

Finance and Payments

Finance and Payments This section documents the key financial information you should take into account before trading in Germany.


Logistics This section examines significant trends, advances and practices in German logistics and delivery.
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Customer Experience

Customer Experience This final section offers information and advice on inspiring consumer confidence and promoting customer retention.

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