Introducing Guilin

Introducing Guilin

Guilin is a city in the Guangxi autonomous region in China. It used to be the provincial capital of Guangxi during the Ming and Qing dynasty. That is why the abbreviation of the Guangxi region is still called 桂 (Guì). By the way, those abbreviations are printed on the license plate of any registered vehicle in China. If you want to check where a car is from, that’s how to find out.

Nowadays, Guilin area is very popular for its history and beautiful landscape including the famous Longji rice terraces and the Li river, a scene which is printed on the back of ¥20 bank notes. Talking about money, now is the right time to travel to Guilin. As a result of the step-up in the US-China trade war, Beijing uses its currency to threat America. A weaker Yuan makes Chinese exports more competitive, or cheaper to buy with foreign currencies. As a result, foreigners now can travel China cheaper than in the recent years.

EU and US: Mutual recognition of inspections of API manufacturers

EU and US: Mutual recognition of inspections of API manufacturers

With the recognition by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of Slovakia, the European Union and the United States have now fully implemented the mutual recognition agreement (MRA) for inspections of manufacturing sites for medicines in their respective territories. This is a milestone as it avoids duplicative work. In the past, EU national authorities had to carry out quality controls for products manufactured in and imported from the US although these controls have already been carried out by the FDA in the US. As both authorities work based on comparable procedures (GMP) it was already decided in year 1998 to sign the MRA. However, the agreement was never fully implemented until today.

China’s economic growth at lowest level since 3 decades

China’s economic growth at lowest level since 3 decades

In the second quarter this year China’s gross domestic product grew at 6.2%, which is the lowest growth since 1992 and down from 6.4% in the previous quarter according to figures released by the government earlier this week. The Chinese National Bureau of Statistics of China expects this downward pressure to continue due to the slowing global growth and trade war with the US. While China´s exports fell 1.3% during the first half of this year, imports dropped even harder with 7.3%.

The Economist Intelligence Unit of China reported that the uncertainty caused by the US-China trade war was an important factor and will be in near future. Businesses could remain skeptical that the two countries will reach a broader trade agreement and trade tensions may escalate again.

CPhI China 2019 – Shanghai

CPhI China 2019 – Shanghai

This year, CPhI China took place in Shanghai on 18.-20. June. As it is the main event in the pharmaceutical industry throughout Asia, our Shanghai and German team participated the event. The CPhI fair combines all key suppliers and customers in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. Petrex took the chance to strengthen existing relationships with producers and clients and to create new business opportunities.

In fact, this year’s fair was very successful for Petrex as our team laid the foundation for new projects in our API business. We wish our business partners all the best and hope to see you again soon.

New team members …

New team members …

In recent weeks we got nice and warm weather with lots of sunshine in our headquarter in Kempen. The new guys in our team integrated quickly and business is running good. But not only the team in our office is growing. We got some new pets in our garden that perfectly match with our veterinary division.

Best wishes and a much sunshine to all our business partners from TEAM PETREX!

How the US-China trade war affects Europe

How the US-China trade war affects Europe

On May 10th, the United States increased tariffs on USD 200 billion worth of Chinese goods from 10 to 25 percent. China, in return, announced to increase tariffs on USD 60 billion worth of US goods from June 1, and additionally threatened to take qualitative measures that would affect US businesses operating in China.

Since the trade war started in 2018, the exports of both countries dropped massively. Less availability and higher prices not only affect companies but also private households. And this damage is not limited to China and US. According to a study published by the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China on May 20, one-third of European companies are hit hard by the US-China trade war. Contrary to expectations that EU-companies would benefit from the dispute, they are now suffering, as the global economic slowdown leads to declining exports of companies in Europe.

Intercultural Exchange

Intercultural Exchange

Petrex has its teams in Germany and China. But actually it is one international team rotating between Kempen and Shanghai. The ever changing regulations in international trade as well as the industries we operate in, require us to always rethink our processes. By sending our German and Dutch employees to China and inviting our Chinese colleagues to Germany we intend to exchange our knowledge, ideas and thoughts. We believe that this continuous exchange gives us a better understanding of the needs of our clients and suppliers as well as the general regulations in our business.

May 1st – Labour Day

May 1st – Labour Day

Labour day is a well known holiday in the West to celebrate the working class. It is usually held on May 1st every year. In China, though, this holiday lasts for three whole days instead of just one day, which turns it into yet another long weekend break for the Chinese.

Based on the Western Labour Day holiday, which originated in Europe during 1891, Labour Day or “五一” (Wǔ Yī) was designated as a public holiday in China in 1949. From year 1999 to 2008 it was even a 7-day public holiday known as the third Golden Week in China. However, it was reduced to 3 days in 2008 to make way for other traditional festivals like Qingming or Dragon Boat Festival.

Although Labour Day is no longer classified as a Golden Week in China, it remains a peak travel period for Chinese. According to China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism around 150 million Chinese are traveling during those days.

Reduction of VAT rates in China

Reduction of VAT rates in China

The Chinese economy has been slowing in recent years. As part of a 2 trillion RMB package the Chinese government seeks to reduce costs, especially for businesses affected by the tariff dispute with the US.

According to the announcement made by the government on March 5, China’s VAT rates change as follows:

– The 16 percent VAT rate, which applies to the manufacturing sector, will be lowered to 13 percent;
– The 10 percent rate, which applies to construction and transport, will be lowered to nine percent; and
– The six percent rate, which applies to services, will remain the same, but more deductions for the bracket will be introduced.

The new VAT rates came into force on April 1, 2019