AHG Wachsmuth & Krogmann mbH

Hanseatic trading tradition and Innovation


Welcome to Wachsmuth & Krogmann.
We are an international wholesale and foreign trade company with headquarters in Hamburg. What started in 1797 as a small import business in Hamburg, over the past 225+ years we became 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 international companies, which place the highest demands on the quality of their products and on us. Customersatisfaction is our daily goal.  To reach this goal our highly qualified staff is making the impossible possible 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.

Company History

More than 226 Years


Company Founding

22-year-old Johann Christian Wachsmuth (1775-1820) founded the company J. C. Wachsmuth on September 15, 1797 and
set up 
shop on Steinstrasse. He dealed, among other things with olive oil, almonds, figs, succade, caraway, allspice, pepper, corks and onions. Within a very short time, Wachsmuth‘s shop became one of the largest grocery stores in Hamburg.

The Zippelhaus has been the headquarters for many years by Wachsmuth & Krogmann.


Hermann Christian Tobias Krogmann

Hermann Christian Tobias Krogmann (1797-1866) settled in Hamburg in 1815 as a grocer. He and Carl L. O. Wachsmuth, the younger brother of the
company founder become authorized signatorys at Wachsmuth (1786-1885). In 1823 Krogmann married Catharina Dorette Elisabeth Wachsmuth,
the sister of the company founder. In 1824 Carl Wachsmuth and Tobias Krogmann became the
company owners and moved the business to a new location, Gro.e Reichenstrasse 45.


Mary  Ann

In 1831 Tobias Krogmann purchased the sailing ship Mary Ann and founded the shipping company Wachsmuth & Krogmann.

More ships would follow soon. The company‘s own fleet always delivered new goods from the Mediterranean, South America, Southeast Asia, India and the South Seas, and as time passed they opened up more ports in the Baltics and Russia.

Until it ceased its shipping business in 1942, Wachsmuth & Krogmann operated ships under its own name for 111 years.
This made us one of the oldest shipping companies in Hamburg at one time.


Company Transformation

On January 1, 1841, the owners decided to convert the company from J. C. Wachsmuth to Wachsmuth & Krogmann. The company was entered in

Hamburg‘s first commercial register under this name. Business is booming. Wachsmuth & Krogmann developed into an important food wholesaler.
After Carl Wachsmuth left, Tobias Krogmann became the sole owner of Wachsmuth & Krogmann in 1846.


Company headquarters in the Großen Reichenstraße

Wachsmuth & Krogmann continued to expand, taking over the liner service between Hamburg and Calcutta in 1861, investing in two shipyards and founding trading companies in Fiji, Tonga and Samoa in 1870. The trade in copra, cotton, tortoiseshell and coconut oil was flourishing. 1873 expanding towards the Baltics and Russia, founded a commercial bank and even a small branch in St. Petersburg. In 1875 the company specialized in importing paddy rice from Burma and Siam. In 1893 Wachsmuth & Krogmann built two paddle steamers for the Hamburg-Harburger Dampfschifffahrtsgesellschaft.

From 1913 to 1938, Wachsmuth & Krogmann outsources the import goods business to the specially founded company Honigwaren-Import Ewerwahn & Co. and during this period concentrated on the shipping company, which had grown rapidly.


Restart business for Wachsmuth & Krogmann

In 1945 Wachsmuth & Krogmann restarted Businesses with few employees in a know location, the Zippelhaus opens again.
In 1962 the company was turned into an oHG and opened an import agency for Nuts and dried fruits.
A little bit later, 1968, imported canned goods arrive, Deli specialties and frozen products are also added.

In 1980 the first non-food products were imported. Wachsmuth & Krogmann expands the non-food business and establishes a branch in Hong Kong. The company keeps growing. Followed by Company-Branches in Shanghai and the USA.


175th anniversary

In 1972 Wachsmuth & Krogmann celebrated her 175th anniversary with a steamboat trip along the traditional route of the former,
in-house Hamburg-Harburger Steamer Society.

In addition, the foreign trade company Wachsmuth & Krogmann mbH was founded to keep up with the Import business.
Starting with a carpet trade business for an Iranian house.


Company-Founding Far East

In 1988 Wachsmuth & Krogmann founded its own branch in Hong Kong, Wachsmuth & Krogmann (Far East) Ltd.,
which has since been lead  by our managing director, Bernd Schoefer.

Since we mainly imported from the East Asian region, we founded another office over there. More than 20 Employees travel East Asia every day  to, among other things,  be informed about the latest products. They also provide us with more efficient quality monitoring on site.
In addition, we are lucky to have Cooperation offices in China, Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia.


200th anniversary

Wachsmuth & Krogmann begins Import of colonial goods and spices.
The import of nuts, Dried fruits and canned goods still takes a part of the business volume. This is called Continuity!

Heart felt Congratulations on the 200th anniversary. Even in a tradition-conscious Hanseatic city 200 year company anniversaries are extraordinary Events – therefore particularly worth celebrating. If a company that has existed for over two centuries Market claims, then that speaks for efficient employees and for far-sighted and clever corporate policy.

Bei Wachsmuth & Krogmann verbinden sich Tradition und Innovation auf ideale Weise. W&K ist ein leistungsfähiges Außenhandelsunternehmen mit stark differenzierter Produktpalette. Und bei allen Veränderungen, die es im Importgewerbe gegeben hat, versteht sich W&K auch heute als verantwortungsbewusster Mittler zwischen Produzent und Verbraucher.

W&K engagiert sich stark im dynamischen wachsenden Ostasiengeschäft; eine eigene Niederlassung in Hongkong sowie Kooperationsbüros in China, Taiwan, Thailand und Indonesien sichern Präsenz. Auch in Hamburg hat sich W&K in den vergangenen Jahren deutlich vergrößert. Tradition als Fundament, Innovation als Stärke – das sind gute Voraussetzungen, um sich auch in Zukunft behaupten zu können. Ich wünsche Wachsmuth & Krogmann für die nächsten 200 Jahre weiterhin guten Erfolg.

Dr. Henning Voscherau / Erster Bürgermeister der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg


Neue Bürofläche

2020 erweitere W&K den Standort im Herzen Hamburgs (Lange Mühren 1).
Dazu wurde ein leerstehender Bürobereich komplett ausgebaut, renoviert und für die Mitarbeiter bezugsfertig gemacht.
Durch diese Erweiterung konnten die Arbeitsplätze entzerrt und strukturiert werden.
Die neue Bürofläche brachte mit ca. 1.200m 2 viel neuen Platz für derzeitig ca. 75 beschäftigte Mitarbeiter.


225jähriges 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.


The Sprinkenhof

After many wonderful years on the upper floors above the former Galleria Kaufhof, we moved.
The Sprinkenhof has a lot to offer and is part of Hamburg’s cultural history.
We are happy to have arrived in this historic building.

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 appreciate your understanding.

With kind Regards,

AHG Wachsmuth & Krogmann mbH

Where are your products manufactured?

This varies from product to product and is available on the Manual-page within the Respective owner‘s manual.

There are currently open positions

Please check out our career-page or take the initiative and send your complete job application @  karriere@wachsmuth-krogmann.com. 

How to find us:

Our office is located in the beautiful Sprinkenhof in Hamburg’s historical part of town. We are close to the center, perfect infrastructure and flair: The Sprinkenhof is located in the heart of Hamburgs citycenter between HafenCity and Shopping streets in the traditional Kontorhaus district.

Several similar office buildings were built in this part of town at the beginning of the 20th century. They are listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO and include Speicherstadt and Kontorhausviertel with Chilehaus.

If you drive a car, follow the signs to Hamburg Centrum and park in the nearby parking lot.

By train: Take a train to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof.

We are situated within a brief distance of the Main-trainstation.


Burchardstraße 14

20095 Hamburg, Germany

Email: info@wachsmuth-krogmann.com


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