The World Customs Organization decided to change the harmonized systems codes in the new year. A general review will be carried out. This change may also affect your daily business because currently existing HS codes might become invalid.
About the HS Code
The Harmonized System is a worldwide recognized classification method for the international trading of goods. It determines which rate of customs duty applies and how the goods are treated for statistical purposes. The World Customs Organization reviewed this method regularly. Within the change in 2022, the seventh edition of the HS will come into effect.
Changes in detail
Adaption is caused by the changes in the worldwide environment in regards to health and safety, innovations and social developments. It makes the further specification of classification necessary including information about electrical and electronic waste, new subheadings for specific chemicals controlled under the Chemical Weapon Convention, hazardous chemicals controlled under the Rotterdam Convention, own classification codes for unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) and new subheadings for smartphones. The new HS will also supplemental clarify texts for a more uniform application of the method.
We recommend having the classification of your goods checked!
The safety of our employees is paramount. Because of raising covid cases in Germany, we have decided to work more in home office.
Our quality standard remains unchanged!
Maximum reliability, care and efficiency make us stand out. In order to ensure this smoothly in home office, we have invested in the digitization of the company. Our employees are trained and can work anywhere. You can still reach us under the known contact details.
Our main office
Despite new Covid measures, we always have a limited number of employees in the office to manage offline tasks like postal documents.
Stay safe and keep smiling!
Dear Business Partner
2021 was a challenging year in view of pandemic circumstances, supply chain problems and fundamental changes in the world of chemicals and pharmaceuticals.
It has been a special year in our 35 years careers and a challenging period. Being involved in the Suez blockage, congestion in UK ports, shortage of shipping space, sky-high freight rates, increasing raw materials prices – a basket of challenges.
Therefore it’s really remarkable that our team of sales people, customer service, logistic partner has supplied our products on time and without major problems. It is a striking level of performance and we are proud of our teams in Kempen and Shanghai.
Petrex has reached the EcoVadis platinum status in October 2021, as sustainability is a matter of the heart of our company.
Finally, we would like to express special thanks to our customers believing in Petrex team.
Enjoy a happy Christmas time.
Have a safe and healthy year 2022.
Lars van Weel
We wish you a beautiful and contemplative Advent time with your loved ones. Instead of sending gifts, we decided to invest in environmental protection this year. That’s why we have supported Plastic Fischer GmbH financially.
About Plastic Fischer
Plastic Fischer collects plastic from rivers, primarily in India, Indonesia and Vietnam. With the help of the so-called TrashBooms, a kind of floating garbage collection station, a large amount of plastic can be removed efficiently before it lands in the oceans of the world. The plants are maintained by local residents, who receive a full-time job in return. They also help to sort the garbage. In addition, recyclable plastics are to be sold to recycling companies in the future and collection technologies may be leased or licensed.
Sustainability at Petrex GmbH
To develop long-term sustainable business processes is also our goal for 2022. It is our conviction to constantly keep this task in mind with well-thought-out actions. This year, we were already able to record initial successes when we achieved a platinum medal in the EcoVadis sustainability rating.
This year, global supply chains were once again confronted with serious delays. In addition to rising freight rates and longer transit times, this also led to the general congestion of ports. As consequence, there is still a shortage of containers.
Causes of container shortage
Due to disruptions in the shipping schedule, empty containers are not returned in time. There was also an increase in blank sailing leading to delayed container handling. As a result, containers are stacked at ports, which further slows down logistics processes.
Outlook in 2022
Improvements in the current situation are not expected to occur until early next year. The Chinese New Year will lead to a temporary reduction in Chinese logistics activities, which will have a positive impact on the global logistics situation. Around 60,000 to 70,000 new containers are also expected to go into operation globally in mid-2022. In the long term, some new ship orders can also be awaited to improve the shipping availability on the market.
Ethics, sustainability and self-commitment are not verbiages for us, but buzzwords we are convinced of and stand for. In our code of conduct, we have recorded our essential behaviors. Our business partners must meet high standards, along with high quality.
About the Code of conduct
The Code of Conduct provides a collection of binding behaviors in internal and external business environments. Contents of the rules cover various areas but there is no prescriptive form. The more comprehensive the rules are, the better and more effective they can be applied.
We stand for honesty, openness and transparency, which is why we do not tolerate bribery and corruption. Due to our social responsibility, we do not accept any discrimination in the internal and external business environment. But our efforts are not only limited to publishing documents, we also actively implemented sustainability aspects. Accordingly, we are proud to announce that we have received an EcoVadis certification this year again. Learn more about our Code of Conduct here.
The Yuan is a dynamic currency that has also shown impressive development in recent months. Also known as “Renminbi” (English: People’s Currency) the Yuan is issued and regulated by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC). However, fluctuations in quotations can be observed regularly.
Yuan comparison 2020/21
In the second half of last year, quotations fell from just under 7,20 yuan to around 6,50 yuan. The initial high values were associated with the Corona pandemic. Compared with other countries, China’s economy has recovered quickly. Also, China is ahead of the US and Europe in the business cycle.
This is followed by a striking interim low of around 6,35 yuan per dollar in early July 21 – the lowest level since May/June 2018. The yuan continues to fluctuate strongly, with a slight decline in November compared to the previous month.
Further losses of the Yuan cannot be ruled out. This also has an impact on the Australian and New Zealand currencies, which are heavily dependent on China’s development. It is also to be seen how the introduction of eYuan – the new state cryptocurrency – will affect development.
The Olympic Games are a world-famous competition, which is regularly held in various sports. Since 1896, the competition has been realized in different countries and amuses the spectators. This year, the Winter Olympics will take place in China. The capital Beijing is already preparing intensively to offer athletes and spectators an unforgettable competition. The Games will be officially opened on February 4 and will end on February 20.
The impact of the Olympic Games on the chemical industry
Already in the past, we have had the experience that major events affect the production of Chinese chemical companies. Official requirements also lead to a temporary reduction in production capacities during the upcoming Olympics. Production is stopped before and during the current competition. In addition to the national holiday week “Spring Festival” impacts to the chemical production can be expected mid-January to the end of February.
The Olympic Games and the Supply Chain
The reduction in production capacity leads to delays in the supply chain. Changes in the freight market have also been observed in this respect. Even if this situation lasts only for a short time, companies who buy their intermediates or finished goods from China should be as proactive as possible in adapting their flow of goods. It is also advisable to build up buffer stock, ideally already in the fourth quarter.
Team Petrex has organised all necessary steps to secure a steady supply to our customers. For any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Since we joined the EcoVadis Program in 2017, the role of sustainability is more important than ever. Companies have to raise awareness of issues related to the environment and question their ethical point of view. This forward-looking topic is an important concern for us and we are pleased to have found a rating service that can quantify our efforts. Being sustainable is a necessary measure to save the planet.
Petrex GmbH joins EcoVadis programm
EcoVadis is a certificated service for companies that analyses the sections environment, fair business practice, sustainable procurement, labor, and ethics of a participating company. As a result, an evaluated business gets a scorecard with an overview of its sustainable performance. The rated company can compare its score with the benchmark in their industry. Depending on your score results, you get possible bronze, silver, gold or platinum ratings.
The score shows the transparency and sustainability of Petrex GmbH
As an importer of chemicals and pharmaceuticals, a high understanding of ethics is imperative – not only for our employees but also for every business partner. We have evaluated comprehensive measures to act sustainably in the long term. We are pleased that our efforts and our improvements have been recognized with a platinum medal. In all the areas, we can achieve a rating well above the industry average. This makes us one of the one Top-1%-companies of all the companies rated by EcoVadis. Sustainability is a matter of the heart for Petrex GmbH. We also want to improve continuously in the future. Any questions? Feel free to contact us!
Temporary power cuts in China are regularly organized – especially in the wintertime. There are a variety of possible reasons for this e.g. electricity supply issues or regulations to protect the environment. Since a few weeks, a new power supply cut has been realized. To meet environmental goals, the country’s environmental officer arranged the measure.
Who is affected by the power supply cut?
The regions affected most particularly are Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shandong, Yunnan, Guizhou and Guangdong. But not everyone is affected by the restriction. Initially, the companies have been ordered to halt production to meet energy consumption targets. This arrangement primarily covers companies in the textile, dyeing, and chemical fiber industries. There may also be temporary power outranges in private households.
Consequences of power supply cut
According to the latest information, production will be impacted for several weeks at least. Every province’s government makes its individual regulations. This influences the availability and price of some raw materials like fibers or phosphor. Short-term product shortages may occur.