Germany recognised the Cook Islands as a self-governing country in March 2001. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on 11 September 2001. The German Embassy responsible for the Cook Islands is based in Wellington, New Zealand. In the country itself, Germany is represented by an honorary consul (based in Avarua). The Embassy of New Zealand represents the Cook Islands in Germany.
Germany supports development in the Cook Islands through the EU’s European Development Fund (EDF) (from 2021: the EU Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI)). Germany is also involved in micro projects implemented through development cooperation. The scale of bilateral economic relations with Germany is low. According to Federal Statistical Office figures, Germany exported goods worth 310,000 euro to the Cook Islands in 2020 and imported goods worth 40,000 euro from the country. The Cook Islands’ main trading partners are New Zealand, Fiji, the United States, Australia and Japan.