CDH is a strong association for commercial agents

CDH stands for „Centralvereinigung Deutscher Wirtschaftsverbände für Handelsvermittlung und Vertrieb“ which means Federal Association of German Associations for Commercial Agencies and Distribution.


As a leading association the CDH represents almost 34,000 commercial agencies of all sectors. Our members are especially commercial agencies, i.e. independent companies, that intermediate goods between industrial firms, between industry and trade sector, or between wholesalers and retailers. However, the CDH is also open for other self-employed entrepreneurs that work in the sales business. Members of the regional associations are also industry representatives, distributors, sales engineers, merchandisers, etc.


The CDH was established in 1902 and is the umbrella organization of 10 national associations and „DIE FRANCHISENEHMER“  in Germany. Furthermore, the CDH consists of 7 professional associations that can optimally represent the specific interests of the professions. Thereby, we can provide industry-specific expertise.


The CDH can be understood as a service center for distribution with two objectives:

  • Influencing and shaping the conditions for distribution companies.
  • Providing comprehensive consultancy services, information and other services for our members.

Political Position

The CDH takes a stand for:

  • politics, which safeguard the principles of fair competition, guarantee equal opportunities, reward performance and  encourage self-employment.
  • the reduction of bureaucracy.
  • the consolidation of the national budget.
  • the reduction of corporate taxes, in order to improve the international competitiveness of companies located within Germany.
  • the reduction of additional employee costs.
  • effective measures to improve traffic conditions and strictly opposes further financial strains on car drivers for the benefit of public funding.
  • free and fair trading. We are in favour of the Eastern enlargement of the European Union. However, it has to be guaranteed that the joining countries fully comply with the agreed conditions of accession.