Trade since 130 Years
Trade since 1881
Ropes, shackles, food - in 1881 Johannes Prätorius founds his trading company in Kappeln with this assortment. In subsequent years Prätorius develops into a typical ship's chandler of that time and is continued through the two World Wars by the second and third generation of the Prätorius family.
The business changes in the 1960s:
Johannes Prätorius Jr. takes over his father's company. Recognizing the trend he starts to supply shipping companies' fleets for shopping tourism with duty-free goods. At Prätorius the wholesale era begins.
Prätorius develops its expertise as a wholesaler. The business becomes more international.
Entrepreneurial vision since 1999
The owners' entrepreneurial vision ensures that even though shopping tourism between Germany and Denmark was ended by the EU in 1999 the trading company's success continues.
New sales markets are tapped into. Whether the German Navy, NATO or cruise ship companies, they are all Prätorius' customers.