Deregister trade

If you are considering discontinuing your business operations, it is imperative to follow the formal procedures for trade deregistration. According to § 14 of the Trade Code (GewO), all business owners are obligated to report any changes that impact their trade. This article outlines the key aspects of trade deregistration and the associated requirements.

To the online application to deregister trade

Circumstances Requiring Deregistration

A business must undergo deregistration under the following circumstances:

  • Relocating the business to another city
  • Discontinuing business operations
  • Exiting from a partnership, such as a GbR (civil law partnership) or OHG (general partnership)

Required Documentation

To initiate the deregistration process online, the following documents and information are essential:

  • Access to the Business Service Portal (WSP.NRW), including a service account, corporate account, or BUND ID
  • Identification documents when registering via a service account

For on-site deregistration, you will need the following:

  • The business deregistration form
  • Your valid ID card, or, if applicable, your residence permit
  • If available, the certificate of receipt of the trade registration ("Commercial Certificate")

It is important to note that the tax office, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Chamber of Crafts, along with the relevant professional association, will be automatically notified of your trade deregistration.

Cost of Deregistration

In the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), trade deregistration is typically exempt from any charges.

Looking for a Successor or Interested in Selling Your Business?
If you are seeking a successor or considering selling your business, you can explore opportunities on Germany's largest company succession exchange, "nexxt-change."

Access nexxt-change.org for further information on finding a suitable successor for your business.


Business deregistration form
(PDF, 772 Kb)

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