Bulk Chemical Tariffs

When purchasing anything from a chemical distributor, it is expected that the more you order will lower the price per unit.

For example, if you buy 1 apple, you might pay 50c. If you buy 2, you would pay $1. If you buy 2000 from an orchard, you would hope to negotiate a price of less than $1000, as due to economies of scale you would expect a better deal.

This is exactly how it should work in the chemical industry, but unfortunately another factor comes into play – tariffs and tariffs are an important factor when working with a chemical distributor.

Tariffs are all around

An import tariff is the most common type of tariff, and is used by a governing body to protect the interests of local businesses. For example, an import tariff may be applied to goods from China when they are imported into the US, in order to help minimize the use of these imports and maximize the use of a local chemical distributor.

Tariffs can also work within countries (even between states).

In earlier times, tariffs became a necessity to ensure that the country was able to continue to run in a financially effective manner. While this is still partially the case, the opening up of the global economy has pushed the matter of tariffs further into the spotlight, and has had a strong knock-on effect on consumers.

Any product that is now produced including components from a foreign country may cost more to the consumer, due to the effects of import tariffs on the manufacturer.

Unfortunately, the more of a product that is imported, the higher the cost of the tariff.

The Effect on Bulk Chemical Prices

In some cases, chemical distributor products are imported. While the tariffs involved may not have a major effect on the pricing of the compounds that are sold on, when it comes to bulk orders, these tariffs will have a great effect on the price.

It won’t make the product more expensive to buy in bulk than in smaller amounts, but the level of reduction possible is limited due to the cost of manufacture. Where a 25% discount may have been possible previously, if the company is faced with a 20% import tariff, a 25% discount may sell the product being sold at a loss.

Tariffs come into place and are modified and changed all the time, depending on a vast array of factors. Wherever discounts are available, you can be sure that import tariffs have already been taken into account, and you are being offered the best price possible at that time.  We at RightPath Industries do our best to stay ahead of the tariff dilemma and work with our suppliers to offer you not only best in class pricing, but pricing that that rarely fluctuates.

Learn more about us or feel free to review our product offerings. If we dont have your product on our website just contact us as we do not list all items we carry.

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Difference between NF and USP Grade?

In order to successfully manage any industry, standards must be in place for products to be compared against. In the case of the chemical industry, there are two primary standards commonly known as USP Grade and NF Grade.

The two organizations, National Formulary (NF) and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) provide the standards for drugs, dosages, chemicals, preparations, and so on. This information is updated every year and published in a joint compendium, known as USP-NF.

Both organizations include standards for chemical grades, but there are differences between the two – not everything that the USP recognizes is recognized by the NF, and vice versa.

In order for a product to have an NF Grade, the product must meet all of the requirements as per the NF monograph (single study) for that particular product. If no study has been made for that product by the NF, the product cannot be labeled as NF Grade.

In order for a product to have a USP Grade, the product must meet the requirements as per the USP monograph. Again, if no study has been made for that product by the USP, the product cannot be labeled as USP Grade.

In either case, the products are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and can be used in pharmaceutical processing, prescription compounding, and for use in food processing operations.

Exclusion from the USP-NF does not necessarily indicate that a product is unsuitable for any purpose, only that enough research has not yet been conducted to confirm its suitability and safety. However, for assurance of safety and suitability, it is recommended to use products that do have USP-NF grades.
A Brief History
Originally, NF and USP were entirely separate entities, but merged together in the 1970s. Since then an effort has been made to combine all the research made under one name – hence USP-NF Reference Standards.

The idea is to gradually phase out the use of NF completely. In due course, all NF Reference Standards will become USP Reference Standards.

For all intents and purposes, if a product is labelled as complying with NF, USP, or USP-NF standards, you can be assured of its suitability for purpose, and of its quality.

To further add to its importance and comprehensiveness, the USP acquired the Food Chemicals Codex (FCC) in 2006, a compendium of internationally recognized standards for the purity and identity of food ingredients. The data from this compendium is now included within the USP-NF publication.


RightPath Industries carries full lines of NF and USP Grade chemicals.  Please contact us for all of your chemical needs as we are a full line bulk chemical distributor.

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What is PEG 400, Polyethylene Glycol 400

PEG 400 is an abbreviation of polyethylene glycol 400, and is a colorless viscous liquid. It has many applications due to its low toxicity, and it is soluble in water, alcohols, glycerin, among other liquids.

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The FDA classes it as “Generally Regarded as Safe” meaning that it is safe to use as a food additive or base. It is toxic in very high doses, but the amounts used in the food industry are minimal and safe for human consumption.


PEG 400 can be used as a sweetener, and as a carrier for flavor, including in vaping products as a carrier for flavor, with or without tobacco. The boiling point of PEG 400 is higher than many MCT oils, making it a relatively safe chemical to be used in the vaping industry.


Within the pharmaceutical industry, PEG 400 is used as a solvent, plasticizer, and a surfactant to lower the surface tension of water. It is also used as an ointment and suppository base, along with being a lubricant for tablets and capsules making them easier for patients to swallow.


PEG 400 is also used in toothpaste, and as an ink solvent in certain desktop printers.


With so many uses, it is easy to confuse PEG 400 with a regular food product – it’s not, it is used with foodstuffs to change their properties. Consuming food with PEG 400 contained within it is not the same as consuming printer ink, in the same way that consuming a cake is not the same as eating an egg. While one of the ingredients is the same, the end product is vastly different.

What does “400” mean?

The number 400 is a reference to the average molecular weight of the PEG. In the case of PEG 400, the molecular weight is 400 unified atomic mass units (or “daltons”), allowing the composure of the compound to be known. A weight of 400 daltons is equivalent to a chain of around 9 ether repetitions within the molecule.


Longer chains weigh more, shorter chains weigh less, and the number given after the PEG designation reflects this.


Differences in molecular weight affect the viscosity of PEG, leading to different weights being used in different products and circumstances. However, no matter the weight, the general properties of PEG remain the same.

Is it used in antifreeze?

No, polyethylene glycol is not used in antifreeze – ethylene glycol is, and has different properties to PEG 400. Ethylene glycol is not suitable for consumption.


We offer Polyethylene glycol 400, PEG 400 in many different grades and packaging sizes.  For pricing and to see how you can save money on your PEG 400 please do not hesitate to request pricing today.

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What is HPLC Grade Acetonitrile?

It is perhaps one of the most common solvents used in the laboratory today, HPLC Grade Acetonitrile.  The term HPLC stands for high performance liquid chromatography.  HPLC is an analytical chemistry technique that forces a sample with pressure and pumps through a column filled with absorbent material. As the material passes through the common different flow rates occur when different materials are absorbed into the column at different rates leading to separation.  This separation is then measured and compared with known results to identify your sample.

Now that we know what HPLC stands for why do we use HPLC grade?  The term grade stands for the purity and cleanliness of a solvent.  When performing HPLC testing you want to know exactly what’s in the solvent to avoid contamination and incorrect identification of samples.  This is why only high purity HPLC grade acetonitrile can be used.  If another grade such as ACS grade acetonitrile was used your sample would contaminants and peaks and valleys all over the place giving you a false identification.  It is imperative that your solvents are not only clean but also reliable.  That is why RightPath Industries created highpuritysolvents.com, an online web store allowing you to purchase HPLC grade acetonitrile at a fair price quickly and easily.

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This is why we offer HPLC grade acetonitrile to our analytical and laboratory customers to ensure that each and every time you get consistent and reliable results.  Not to mention our acetonitrile is priced significantly less than our competitors.  If you have any questions or would like to place an order for Acetonitrile or any high purity solvents simply visit our online store

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Less expensive high purity solvents, same quality

Are you tired of overpaying for solvents for use in your laboratory?  Are you worried that because a solvent doesnt have a brand name or is less expensive it isnt of the same or higher quality?

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As many of you may know RightPath Industries not only distributes bulk chemicals but we also distribute a significant amount high purity solvents used in the laboratory for everything from regular bench top work all the way to pesticide residue analysis.  All of the solvents we carry and distribute are lot tested and include COA’s to ensure the utmost quality for your analytical needs.  We have built a vast network of direct manufacturing relationships with some of the premier chemical manufacturing companies in the Country.  This is how and why we are able to offer you not only the same exact high purity solvents you are using now, but also those same solvents at a significantly reduced price.  We pass along our savings to you, the customer!  We will never charge you some outlandish shipping fee, nor will we increase the prices significantly throughout the year.  We believe that by working together in a transparent environment and truly knowing your needs and wants we can not only help your lab run more efficient but also save you money in the long run.


So feel free to reach out look at some of our products, order online or request a quote to your liking.  We are willing to do what it takes to make you a repeat customer for years to come

Best Pricing on High Purity Solvents

RightPath Industries offers the best pricing on high purity solvents and we are going to do our best to prove it.  For the rest of 2017 we have high purity  Dichloromethane Distilled in Glass Grade, Methanol HPLC Grade, Acetone HPLC Grade, and ACS Grade Nitric Acid all at significantly reduced pricing.  If you are looking to save your analytical lab money feel free to purchase online or contact us today to see how you can save by working with RightPath Industries.  We currently carry over 500 different chemicals in our online store feel free to visit, order or even get a quote and see the difference.

Visit highpuritysolvent.com today!

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RightPath Industries signs Distribution Agreement with Lanxess Solutions US

Pittsburgh, PA 8/16/2017

RightPath Industries a chemical distributor focusing on high purity chemicals and solvents has signed a Distribution agreement with Lanxess Solutions USA.  With this agreement RightPath Industries will have access to certain Lanxess Solutions products and will be able to distribute those products to its US based customers.  This new agreement will allow RightPath greater access to current and future customers in all markets with a world renowned chemical manufacturing company.

About RightPath Industries

RightPath Industries combines years of experience, superior customer service and the best pricing. We supply a wide variety of businesses with chemical products such as solvents, high purity acids, industrial grade acids, high purity alcohols, production grade acids, acs grade solvents, glycols and other general chemicals.


About Lanxess

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.7 billion in 2016 and about 19,200 employees in 25 countries. The company is currently represented at 75 production sites worldwide.

The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. Through ARLANXEO, the joint venture with Saudi Aramco, LANXESS is also a leading supplier of synthetic rubber. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World) and FTSE4Good.



High Purity Solvents Order Online

We here at RightPath Industries would like to think of us as synonymous with high purity solvents. We have recently updated our website and even created a separate secure online store for ordering all of your high purity solvents.  You can now order all of your high purity solvents through highpuritysolvent.com which is part of RightPath Industries.  You can also request custom pricing by simply contacting us.  We often have sales on our website so it is advisable to check often or contact us if we do not offer something that you might be looking for.  All of our chemicals can be drop ins and direct replacements for other brand name products that you are simply paying too much money for.  We believe in building long standing business relationships with our customers and pricing products too high is not one of our goals however saving you time and money is.  By working with RightPath industries for you high purity solvent needs you can not only save just time by ordering many of your items in one place with RightPath Analytical and our high purity solvents but you can also save money.  Our pricing is far below in the industry averages and we specifically cater to smaller to medium size laboratories.  Please feel free to give us a call and see how we can save you money not only today but far into the future as well.

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Tetrahydrofuran (THF) Drums on Sale

For the entire rest of 2017 we will be selling Tetrahydrofuran (THF) drums from $1.90/lb DLVD. Your pricing may vary slightly due to freight rates so please feel free to contact us today or simply order online.


Tetrahydrofuran is a commonly used solvent not only in the lab but also in production. The principal end uses of THF include PTMEG, pharmaceutical solvent, adhesives, PVC cement and magnetic tape.  Due to its’ tendency to form peroxides during storage, all of our THF is inhibited with BHT.

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Caution with Chemicals in the Workplace

When working in any industry where a serious accident could occur on the job, safety is absolutely paramount. This is especially true if your line of work finds you in a laboratory working with dangerous and/or sensitive materials such as chemicals. However, not all laboratories or lab managers are as thorough with safety training as is needed, and some researchers may not be as attentive as they should be during training. Nevertheless, safety remains a top concern for those working in these particular fields, so we’ve gathered some data on the industries that see the most injuries and have put together some tips to always keep in mind when working with hazardous chemicals in the workplace.

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