The Chinese state-owned companies Sinochem and Chemchina have been planning an amalgamation for some time. They have now been cleared by the Chinese Commission for the Control and Management of State Assets to carry out the necessary restructuring. The merger would generate a total turnover of around $150 billion, making the company even more competitive. Chinese analysts consider the different growth models of the companies to be a challenge. The companies have started to bundle their business with agricultural products by taking over the Syngenta group. This holding now includes the previous agribusiness of Chemchina and Sinochem. The stock exchange also welcomes the development positively, which has already led to an increase in the value of Sinochem at this point.
The new China REACH came into force on 1 January 2021. The regulation, also known as China New Chemical Substance Notification, got remarkable key updates regarding notification scope, notification type, notification procedure, notification material requirements, and post-notification requirements. There are 12 new definitions for chemicals and corresponding obligations e.g. annual reports for selected chemicals. Also, the regulation selects three types of substances for registration and notification. The CBI protection for substances will be abolished by 31 December 2025. New-post registration obligations were expanded and the timeline for the new registration types has been increased from 30 to 60 days after the first time importing or manufacturing. Data required for record notifications have been revised. A new guidance document for this process is expected soon. We are pleased about the new regulations, which help us to provide our high standards.
The Covid-19-situation can be challenging for each individual. That is why we are even more committed to offering our employees an excellent work-life balance. We are convinced that our employees are the key to success and want to offer them an optimal and modern working environment. Our fair working hours offer employees enough time for self-fulfillment after work. Only then can our workers remain mental health in the long term. In addition, we have evaluated a Homeoffice-concept to protect their physical health. We believe that family and career only work hand in hand, and proudly call us a family-friendly workplace.
Today is China Arbor Day in which people are encouraged to plant trees. Beware of the environment is also fundamental to Petrex. We have taken this occasion to plant 440 trees, with the Grow-my-tree-organization. This act neutralizes the CO2 emissions that a German causes on average throughout his life. But planting trees is not the only solution. Our economic footprint plays a huge role in our business philosophy. This is why we decided to establish a sustainability brand, which can be seen in the photo. Also, we got a silver rating at the sustainability-platform EcoVadis. If you are interested in our measures for people and environment, contact us please for more information.
The management of Petrex attaches great importance to gender equity in business and society. We have a modern image of women and recently hired our new female employee. However, the equality of men and women is still not implemented in all areas of life, which is why we would like to draw attention to today’s International Women’s Day 2021. Marked annually on March 8th is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s accomplishments or rally for women’s equality. This day is also a critical reminder of the equality of women and men. We would like to take this day as an opportunity to support organizations in the equality of women by donating to a local organization. Karunai e.V. substituted a home for female Indian orphans. This is our contribution to make the world a better place for women.
Dear Business Partner,
because of our ethical principles, it is our goal to protect every human being involved in our supply chain. Human rights must be defended at all costs.
The legal opinion ‘Initiative Lieferkettengesetz’ immediately appealed to us, particularly because not all business-related human rights abuses are covered by German Law.
The paper proposes improvements for the judgment of liability and requires aligning a supply chain law with the introduction and definition of offenses. The law asks for the principle of due diligence. Human rights abuses due to a lack of care of a business should be punished.
We support the demands of the letter and see the opinion as a significant milestone against human misuse. Human dignity is inviolable. Please contact us directly in case you have questions about our policies to protect human rights.
The current developments in Great Britain lead to a challenging situation.
Traffic at the borders and a decelerated custom process are only the ‘tip of the iceberg’.
Since January, deliveries into the UK have to be customs cleared of course. Every day, many trucks just unload cargo at destination and leave. Then the receiver realizes that customs clearance has to be done and apply for it after. Currently, customs offices are quite forgiving. In the future, it can be expected that faults will not be tolerated anymore.
The management of empties is elaborated. Empty trucks crossing borders have to carry original documents (no scans) for their empty load. Recently trucks got refused in Dover and had to go back to the UK, get original documents, and then go to the border again.
Since first January, every truck (above 7.5mt) that leaves the UK via euro tunnel or ferry has to provide a “kent access permit” (KAP) at the French border to be able to enter the EU.
Some companies like German GmbH entities have branch offices in England. Now they would need to be registered as limited companies to do business as usual. Many companies just realized that issue in January.
Many custom agents in the UK are badly trained and don’t know how to deal with new customs regulations, also there’s a lack of customs agents in general.
Moreover, the UK customs system (CHIEF) is overloaded and crashes every once in a while.
Many trucking companies are badly prepared and don’t know the new regulations. The incalculable risks lead to higher prices and delays. Apart from this Companies are challenged with a higher risk of withdrawal of orders due to an unknown future of the development in GB.
Experts of the German trade chamber rate the current situation as a continuous problem that might get worse. We take the situation seriously and are happy to answer all your questions.
Dear business partner,
2021 is the year of the Ox according to the lunar calendar.
The Ox is a valued animal in China, as it stands for hard work and reliability while being honest and intelligent.
Below we would like to share the dates of public holidays in China this year:
International New Year: Jan 1st – 3rd
Chinese New Year: Feb 11th – 17th
Qing Ming Festival: Apr 3rd – 5th
Labor Day: May 1st – 5th
Dragon Boat Festival: Jun 12th – 14th
Mid Autumn Festival: Sep 19th – 21st
National Day: Oct 1st – 7th
The Petrex Wave has been our recognition feature since our company was founded back in 1999. You may find it in our brochures, powerpoint presentations or wall calendars. During the last two years we enlarged and rejuvenated our team to bring in new ideas and building the foundation for the company’s future. In this context, we decided to get a fresh Petrex Wave, representing the balance between old and new – our original motivation to run this company with passion and believing in the service we provide… as well as changing our processes to go with the time.
By the way, we will launch our new ERP system on the first of January. You will notice it on all our documents.
Christmas season, Brexit fears and uncertainties due to Covid have a huge impact on international logistics services.
The non-availability of empty container equipment in origin countries leads to a strong capacity bottleneck now and in the near future. Carriers are announcing various surcharges like PSS, Equipment Imbalance Fee, Contingency Surcharge and others. Vessels from Asia to Europe are heavily overbooked. There is a first come first serve mentality in the market. Same additional fees as mentioned above must be accepted to ensure cargo being loaded on board.
Petrex already started in October to amend shipping schedules and increase buffer stock for key customers, especially in the UK. If you have further questions regarding the current shipping situation, please contact us directly.