Registration at IHK
The IHK, aka Chamber of Commerce, is public entity and tradepersons are mandatory members with this organization. The main functions of a Chamber of Commerce are:
Overall representation of interests: The IHKs represent all members in their region equally - and not only the individual interests of some large companies or industries. They are committed to a better infrastructure and transport connections, to low taxes and levies, to the reduction of bureaucracy and to the recruitment of skilled workers through training and further education. This can only work if all tradesmen are equally involved.
Sovereign tasks: The IHKs perform more than 60 public tasks, such as vocational training or export promotion. Without the IHKs, the state would have to assume these tasks. This additional administrative effort would lead to higher taxes and levies. At the same time, business would lose its say and participation opportunities.
Independence: Legal membership ensures the political neutrality of IHKs and guarantees their independence.
Self-responsibility instead of state: According to the Federal Constitutional Court, compulsory membership "has a liberty-securing and legitimatory function, because it avoids direct state administration and relies instead on the participation of those affected, even where the general interest demands a statutory obligation.
A formal registration is not actually necessary because the commercial register internally sends a notification to the IHK that there is a new customer for this institution. The membership of any corporation is mandatory and cannot be prevented. We can speed up the registration and the receipt of a membership number by registering your company with the responsible IHK. Early registration is always worthwhile if your company
- a certification,
- to train apprentices,
- should immediately participate in the representation of the interests of traders in your region,
- should be registered everywhere as soon as possible.
The cost of membership is not high. They amount to approx. € 60 basic fee and 2% of the annual profit. The fees are fixed by the respective IHK in autonomy. There are various reductions for business founders or sole proprietors. More detailed information is available after registration.