The used wooden pallet industry is reporting a large surge in inquiries as the prices of raw materials and transport increase. According to the National Association of Pallet Distributors, demand has gone up to “unparalleled levels” – 70% higher and from further afield than usual – as businesses seek to reduce costs of manufacturing, packaging, and delivery.
“The used wooden pallet business is experiencing heavy growth in demand from existing and new customers. This is being driven by a shortage of pallets and pallet timber in Western Europe, particularly in the Benelux region, diverting reused pallets and pushing prices up in the UK.
“This has been further compounded by severe inflation in energy, transport, and other input costs, Saleh Hijazi, the association’s spokesman, says.