Wood or plastic pallets are typically used for exporting goods. However, wood pallets are subject to more regulations, so plastic pallets are often best for exporting.
Since 2003, global exporters have had to comply with the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) Number 15 to address contamination in wood pallets. If you use wood pallets, the pallets must be inspected and certified by an ISPM 15-approved agency, such as the Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (NELMA) or the Wooden Crates Organization (WCO).
ISPM 15 Export Pallet Requirements
ISPM 15 was put in place to prevent the transmission of disease, insects and other pests that can affect wood pallets. The spread of these contaminants from one country to another can negatively impact plants and ecosystems where the goods are delivered.
ISPM 15 applies to all wood packaging materials over 6 millimeters thick that are used for export. These materials must undergo heat treatment to destroy any harmful pests in the wood. After the treatment, the wood must be stamped with an internationally recognized International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) mark, which indicates the country of origin and treatment method used.
If you are exporting with plastic pallets, you can avoid going through the ISPM 15 inspection and certification process, saving you time and money on your exports.
Other Benefits of Exporting With Plastic Pallets
When it comes to exporting with plastic vs. wood pallets, plastic pallets offer many benefits. In addition to being pest-resistant, plastic pallets also resist mold and mildew, which typically affect wood.
One of the most crucial advantages of plastic pallets is that they are stronger and more durable than wood pallets. Plastic pallets better withstand the wear and tear of transport while keeping your goods protected.
Plastic pallets are also more lightweight than wood, so you can move and arrange them quickly and easily to save you more time. Their lightweight construction also makes them safer to handle, reducing the risk of employee injury.
Advantages of Our Plastic Pallets
At Polymer Solutions International Inc., we carry high-quality plastic pallets for export. They are compression-molded from 100 percent recyclable material and meet all international shipping protocols. Our plastic pallets are reusable and more durable then wood making them an economical and environmentally friendly shipping choice. Our plastic pallets are engineered with a variety of with features to help fit any needs within your supply chain.
We sell lightweight and heavy-duty options to meet all your material handling needs. Whether you are looking for a one-way export pallet or a reusable pallet with long-term use, we have exceptional solutions for your specific requirements.
Contact Polymer Solutions International Inc. Today
If you work in shipping for industries such as food and beverage, retail, pharmaceutical or pet food, you understand the importance of quality material handling solutions. Polymer Solutions International Inc. produces innovative products for a wide range of applications that can reduce your costs, protect your equipment and improve your supply chain.
For more information about our plastic pallets and other material handling equipment, contact us today and we will help you find the perfect products for your unique requirements.