Packaging Goods For Import and Export
04 Jan 2018
If you run a packing service, you must make sure that every wooden pallet that you send out is up to standard. It is also important that your packing cases, crates, boxes and dunnage are also up to standard, but you don’t have to worry about cardboard, plywood or other packaging materials.
Making Sure That Your Wooden Pallets Are Up to Standard
Wooden pallets are one of the main forms of packaging, so certain rules have been created to ensure that products are delivered in the safest, most efficient way possible. This reduces the chance of a pallet breaking or becoming damaged, which also means that the goods you are transporting are less likely to get damaged.
Wooden pallets for export need to meet the ISPM15 international standards if they are coming from outside the EU, but the rules are slightly different for wooden packaging for export out of the EU. In fact, the rules are slightly more lax, which makes it easier for companies to ensure that they are up to standard. If you are importing from inside the EU, you need to make sure that the wooden pallet is free from bark, and if it is made from conifer wood, you will need to get a plant passport for the packaging. If the wood is kiln-dried, you will also need to make this clear by branding the packaging with KD.
It is important to specify your wood packaging requirements to the company that you buy pallet wood from, but in general it is best to buy the wood from inside the EU, as this way you know that it will be up to standard.
If your wooden pallets for import or export are inspected and it is found that they are not up to standard, you will be advised to either treat the wood or buy more packaging. Most wooden pallets are good to go, but sometimes they are not if they have been damaged or if the treatment fails to meet the ISPM15 standards.
Outside the EU
If you are sending products outside of the EU, you will also need to check that the other country will accept the trade standards set in the EU. This is normally fine, but you should definitely check before you send the package!
You can check the guidelines by looking at the global exporter’s guide, or you can contact the country’s national embassy to find out more.
A wooden pallet is certainly one of the best forms of packaging, but it is important to make sure that the wood that you are buying is high-quality, durable wood that is up to standard. This means that your business is less likely to be penalised and your products are also less likely to be damaged or broken when they arrive.