AHG Wachsmuth & Krogmann mbH

– we stand for the Hanseatic trade, tradition and Innovation


Welcome to Wachsmuth & Krogmann. We are an international Wholesale and foreign trade company with headquarters in Hamburg.

What began in 1797 as a small Hamburger import business, developed over the past 200+ years to one of the largest trading houses in the industry, with Liaison Offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong and the USA. Our Product range includes lighting equipment, household appliances, toys, Camping and garden products, decorative items, and canned food.

Our customers include renowned companies in the world, which place the highest demands on the quality of their products and to us. The satisfaction of our customers is our daily goal. To reach this goal our highly qualified staff is doing their best every day 

We Wachsmuth & Krogmann celebrate our Hanseatic heritage.

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About us

Wachsmuth & Krogmann – originating in Hamburg, reaching for the world

We at Wachsmuth & Krogmann have remained true to our roots to this day: wholesale and foreign trade. We have been importing a wide range of products and services for more than 200 years are always looking for new challenges.

In 1797 Johann Christian Wachsmuth for opened his import business
Colonial goods and Spezereyen in Hamburg. 1815 Hermann Christian Tobias Krogmann a rose in the company.

The steadily growing company continuously opened up new markets
and from 1831 was active as a shipping company worldwide for a long time.
The company logo still reminds of this traditional past.

Today, Wachsmuth & Krogmann is a modern,
global trading company based in Hamburg's venerable Kontorhaus district.
We combine Hanseatic trading tradition with progress and
are a powerful partner in all areas of import and export trade.


225 jähriges Jubiläum
225 jähriges Jubiläum

Vor 225 Jahren am 15. September 1797 gründete Johann Christian Wachsmuth (1773-1820) die Firma J.C. Wachsmuth und ließ sich in der Steinstraße nieder. Er begann seinen Handel mit Ölivenöl, Mandeln, Feigen, Sukkade, Piment, Korken, Zwiebeln und vielen Spezialitäten mehr. Nach kurzer Zeit ist Wachsmuths Geschäft eine der größten Kolonialwarenhandlungen in Hamburg. Das „Zippelhaus“ wird für viele Jahre Sitz von Wachsmuth und Krogmann (ab 1841) und nun wird es zum kommenden Jahr der Sprinkenhof.

New Office Space
Neue Bürofläche

In 2020, W&K expanded its location in the heart of Hamburg (Lange Mühren 1). For this purpose, an empty office area was completely expanded, renovated and decorated for the employees to move in. This expansion made it possible to straighten and structure the workplaces. The new office space with approx. 1,200m2 brought a lot of new space for currently approx. 75 employees.

Its 200th anniversary
200jähriges Jubiläum

1797: Wachsmuth & Krogmann starts importing colonial goods and spices. And in 1997 the import of nuts, dried fruits and canned food still made up part of the business volume. That's called continuity! I warmly congratulate you on the 200th anniversary. Even in a traditional Hanseatic city, 200-year company anniversaries are extraordinary events - so they are particularly worth celebrating. If a company has maintained its position on the market for over two centuries, then that speaks for capable employees as well as for far-sighted and clever company policy. At Wachsmuth & Krogmann, tradition and innovation are ideally combined. W&K is an efficient foreign trade company with a highly differentiated product range. And despite all the changes that have taken place in the import trade, W&K sees itself today as a responsible mediator between producer and consumer. W&K is heavily involved in the dynamic, growing East Asia business; our own branch in Hong Kong and cooperation offices in China, Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia secure our presence. In Hamburg, too, W&K has grown significantly in recent years. Tradition as a foundation, innovation as a strength - these are good prerequisites for asserting yourself in the future. I wish Wachsmuth & Krogmann continued success for the next 200 years. Dr. Henning Voscherau First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Founding The Far East
Gründung Far East

1988 Wachsmuth & Krogmann founded an own office in Hong Kong, Wachsmuth & Krogmann (Far East) Ltd., which was headed since then, our managing Director Bernd Schoefer. Since mainly from the East Asian region is imported, we founded this branch. There are over 20 staff in East Asia are on the road daily to be on the latest products and to ensure a more efficient on-site quality control. In addition, existing co-operation offices in China, Taiwan, Thailand, and Indonesia.

175jähriges anniversary
175jähriges Jubiläum

In 1972, Wachsmuth & Krogmann celebrated its 175th anniversary with a steam boat on the traditional track of the previous, in-house Hamburg-Harburg steam society. In addition, the foreign trade company Wachsmuth & Krogmann mbH was established in the import business. The beginning of a carpet trade, made for an Iranian house.

Wachsmuth & Krogmann takes the shops again
Wachsmuth & Krogmann nimmt die Geschäfte wieder auf

In 1945, Wachsmuth & Krogmann takes up the business with a few employees at the site zippel house. The company in 1962 to oHG and opened an import Agency for nuts and dried fruits. A little later, in 1968, with the addition of import of canned, delicatessen specialties, and frozen products. In 1980, the first Non-Food are imported products. Wachsmuth & Krogmann extended to the Non-Food business and founded a branch in Hong Kong. The company is growing. It has offices in Shanghai and the United States. 1997 Wachsmuth & Krogmann celebrates its 200-year anniversary. Today, the business areas of Wachsmuth & Krogmann at the site Long Mühren 1 in the historic Hamburg Kontorhaus district.

The company's headquarters in the Great Imperial road
Firmensitz in der Großen Reichenstraße

Wachsmuth & Krogmann expanded further and further, assumes, among other things, in 1861, the regular service between Hamburg and Calcutta, as part of two shipyards and founded in 1870, trading houses, Fiji, Tonga, and Samoa. The trade with copra, cotton, tortoise-shell, and coconut oil is thriving. In 1873, is expanding in the direction of the Baltic States and Russia, founded in is a commercial Bank and a branch in St. Petersburg. In 1875, the company specializes in the Import of rice from Burma and Siam. 1893 Wachsmuth & Krogmann builds two paddle steamer for Hamburg‐Harburg steam navigation company. Wachsmuth & Krogmann stores the imported goods business from 1913 to 1938 in the specially established company colonial goods-Import Ewerwahn & co., and is concentrated in this period, the strong growth of the company.

Conversion of the company
Umwandlung der Firma

1. In January 1841, the owner decided to convert the company from J. C. Wachsmuth in Wachsmuth & Krogmann. Under this name the company is registered in the first commercial register of Hamburg. The business is thriving. Wachsmuth & Krogmann developed into a major food wholesale. After the departure of Carl Wachsmuth Tobias Krogmann in 1846, is the sole owner of Wachsmuth & Krogmann.

The Undine
Die Undine

1831 erwirbt Tobias Krogmann das Segelschiff Mary Ann und gründet die Reederei Wachsmuth & Krogmann. Schon bald folgen weitere Schiffe. Die firmeneigene Flotte bringt immer neue Waren aus dem Mittelmeerraum, Südamerika, Südostasien, Indien und der Südsee, später auch aus dem Baltikum und aus Russland nach Hamburg. Bis zur Einstellung ihres Reedereigeschäfts 1942 hat Wachsmuth & Krogmann 111 Jahre ununterbrochen Schiffe unter eigenem Namen in Fahrt. Damit ist sie damals eine der ältesten Reedereien Hamburgs.31

Hermann Christian Tobias Krogmann
Hermann Christian Tobias Krogmann

Hermann Christian Tobias Krogmann (1797-1866) settled in 1815, as krämer estate agents in Hamburg, Germany. He is General Manager at Wachsmuth, together with the younger brother of the founder: Carl L. O. Wachsmuth (1786-1885).1823 marries Krogmann Catharina Dorette Elisabeth Wachsmuth, the sister of the founder. In 1824, Carl Wachsmuth and Tobias Krogmann be the owner of the company and move the business in the Great state road 45.


The 22-year-old Johann Christian Wachsmuth (1775-1820) is based on the 15. September 1797, the company J. C. Wachsmuth and settled in the stone road. He is, among other things, with olive oil, almonds, figs, candied peel, cumin, allspice, pepper, Cork, and onions. Already in the shortest possible time Wachsmuths business is one of the largest colonial actions in Hamburg. The zippel house for many years the seat of Wachsmuth & Krogmann.

Frequently asked questions

You can contact us at any time
Where can I order your products?

We appreciate your interest in our products. Of course, in individual cases it is disappointing when the desired item is out of stock at our trade partners.

Unfortunately, we can not offer Products/articles ourselves, as we have no stock for retailing.

We ask for your understanding that we can take, therefore, unfortunately, no orders.


With kind Regards,

AHG Wachsmuth & Krogmann mbH

Where are your products manufactured?

This varies from product to product and is available under the menu-point BDA in the Respective owner's manual.

There are currently open positions

Please directly under the menu-point in a career full of Initiative, see, or alternatively, application of karriere@wachsmuth-krogmann.com send.

How to find us:

Our office is located in the beautiful Sprinkenhof in Hamburg’s old town. Close to the center, perfect infrastructure and historical flair: The Sprinkenhof is located in the heart of Hamburg city center between HafenCity and shopping streets in the traditional Kontorhaus district.

Like other, similar office buildings erected in this urban quarter at the beginning of the 20th century, it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Speicherstadt and Kontorhausviertel with Chilehaus’.

 By car: Follow the signs to ‘Hamburg Centrum’ until you reach the adjacent car park.

By train: Take a train to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof. We are five to seven minutes walk away from the train station.


Burchardstraße 14

20095 Hamburg, Germany

Email: info@wachsmuth-krogmann.com


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