Unlocking Opportunities: Navigating Germany’s Fachkräfteeinwanderungsgesetz for the Freight Forwarding Industry

The introduction of the so-called „Fachkräfteeinwanderungsgesetz“ (Skilled Workers Immigration Act) represents a pivotal change in Germany’s approach to skilled immigration, emphasizing the nation’s open stance on qualified immigration. For carriers and freight forwarders within the industry, understanding and leveraging this legislation can significantly enhance business operations and competitive edge.

The Significance of the Skilled Workers Immigration Act

Germany’s newest immigration law, passed in the Bundesrat on July 7, 2023, and effective since November 18, 2023, marked a progressive shift towards modernizing the country’s immigration policies. Chancellor Olaf Scholz highlighted this act as a crucial step towards economic growth and overcoming years of stagnation, reflecting the nation’s need to attract skilled workers globally. Scholz emphasized: “We need the most modern Skilled Workers Immigration Act in the European Union, one that can stand up to global competition and positions us at the forefront“.

This law is not only essential for the freight forwarding and logistics sectors but also crucial for healthcare and IT. These fields are facing significant skill shortages, and the new immigration framework aims to fill these gaps, ensuring that Germany remains competitive and can sustain economic growth.

Recent Developments and Immediate Impact

The law has been implemented in stages to allow for smoother transitions and adequate preparation by the relevant authorities. As of June 1, 2024, several new provisions have come into effect, including the introduction of the “Chancenkarte” (Opportunity Card), which is based on a points system. This card simplifies the process for skilled workers to find employment in Germany by considering their qualifications, language skills, and professional experience.

Additionally, the “Westbalkanregelung” has been expanded, doubling the annual quota from 25,000 to 50,000 people, facilitating easier access to the German labor market for workers from the Western Balkans. These updates are crucial for industries like logistics and healthcare, which are in dire need of skilled professionals.

Leveraging Talent: Recruiting Skilled Workers Abroad

Under the Skilled Workers Immigration Act, freight forwarding companies can recruit a wider range of skilled workers more efficiently due to simplified bureaucratic processes. The law now allows individuals with a minimum of two years of work experience and a recognized professional qualification from their home country to migrate without the need for their qualification to be recognized in Germany. This opens a broader talent pool for industries facing labor shortages, such as freight forwarding.

Compliance is Key: Ensuring Adherence to Immigration Regulations

Carriers must ensure compliance with these new regulations to optimize their workforce legally and effectively. As mentioned before the act introduces the Chancenkarte (Opportunity Card), based on a points system that considers qualifications, language skills, and professional experience. Understanding these criteria in detail will enable carriers to streamline their recruitment processes and ensure adherence to legal standards.

Enhancing Operational Efficiency: Streamlining Workforce Management

The Skilled Workers Immigration Act allows greater flexibility in employment scopes for skilled workers, meaning that individuals are no longer restricted to jobs directly related to their qualifications. This flexibility aids freight forwarders in deploying skilled workers more strategically, enhancing operational efficiency across various functions within the industry.

Empowering Continuity: Sustaining Business Operations through Skilled Workers

With this new law, freight forwarding businesses are better positioned to sustain their operations by tapping into a global pool of skilled workers. This is crucial for maintaining efficiency and ensuring essential services, like grocery deliveries, remain uninterrupted.


In conclusion, the Skilled Workers Immigration Act not only welcomes skilled immigration but actively supports it, reflecting Germany’s commitment to modernizing its workforce and enhancing economic growth. For the freight forwarding industry, this law offers numerous opportunities to bolster operations, comply with global standards, and expand business horizons. Additionally, with the latest provisions effective as of June 1, 2024, the law continues to evolve, ensuring that Germany remains an attractive destination for skilled workers globally.


Janine Wolff
Get insights from Janine Wolff, a creative business economist and digital enthusiast. Combining economic expertise with a passion for logistics, Janine delivers top-notch content on a regular basis for Saloodo!.

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