With Brexit, which has been a fact since 1 January this year, many new rules have been added for flower and plant exporters to the UK. One of the new challenges when exporting to the UK is the type of pallet that is used. When transporting to destinations outside the European Union, wooden pallets must comply with the ISPM-15 regulation. This means that wooden pallets must undergo a HT treatment to prevent the spread of organisms in the wood. For this reason, many companies had to reconsider the type of pallet they were using for the export of flowers. Partly due to the scarcity of wood, more companies have opted for plastic pallets.
Frank Bennemeer, Palletcentrale's commercial director, has also noticed this. "In 2021, we see many flower exporters looking for a party that can supply HT pallets. Because the availability of wooden pallets is under pressure and the prices are higher, the plastic pallet is becoming a realistic alternative within this sector. After all, plastic pallets do not have to be HT-treated. Many companies in this sector bought light stackable plastic pallets from us this year. We saw an 80% increase in plastic pallets sold, largely due to companies exporting to the UK. An additional advantage is that this type can be stacked together and takes up little space."
Palletcentrale emphasizes that plastic pallets can also be circular. Used plastic pallets can be returned and then put back into circulation.
For more information:
Palletcentrale Groep b.v.
4791 PC Klundert
Tel: +31 (0)168 357 000