Chemical distributors play an essential role in the chemical supply chains of both bulk and specialty chemicals.
They are a crucial link in the industrial value chain.

Activities of chemical distributors

Chemical distributors offer the following services:

  • Chemicals                                                                                                                                                                           First and foremost chemical distributors connect supply and demand for chemical substances needed to produce all types of products. Chemical distributors function as linking pin between for instance large chemical producers and small customers or between far away producers and local customers.

  • Handling services                                                                                                                                                                 Chemical distributors offer a wide variety of handling service, from storage and transport to blending, formulating, repackaging and relabelling.

  • Quality assurance                                                                                                                                                          Chemical distributors supervise high quality of the chemicals they deliver.

  • Safety measures                                                                                                                                                      Chemical distributors ensure safe storage, safe transport and safe delivery of their products.

  • Regulatory compliance                                                                                                                                                    Chemical distributors make sure their products comply with local legislation requirements, for instance regarding registration, labelling or packaging. They also help with customs clearance and complying with import regulations.

  • Financing assistance                                                                                                                                              Chemical distributors may help customers with financing, for instance by offering the possibility of payment schedules.

  • Advice                                                                                                                                                                                 Over 60.000 chemical substances are listed in the product portfolios of chemical distributors around the world. Given the knowledge of their product portfolios, chemical distributors are well-positioned to help their customers to work more safely and efficiently by:

    • Giving advice about the right substances for customers. Chemical distributors help their customers with improving their products, optimizing their production process or substituting dangerous substances with less dangerous ones. encourage the use of chemical substitutions that are less risky for health and the environment.

    • Giving advice about working safely with the chemicals they provide.

    • Provide legal support to their customers to ensure compliance throughout the supply chain.

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