Plastic pallets are rising on an unstoppable surge of popularity among shippers. Admired for their efficiency and versatility; praised for their environmental credentials. Wood is traditional, and for reasons of initial cheapness remains popular. But plastic has the answers to the modern challenges of shippers and merchants.
Anyone who ships products abroad is only too aware of the ISPM 15 regulations. ISPM is the International Phytosanitary Standard for wood packaging, increasingly strong-arm legislation aimed at stopping the spread of wood pests between countries.
The principles are impeccable; the requirements stringent. And not surprisingly, ISPM 15 is being adopted by countries and markets throughout the world. But – and here's a core reason for their increasing popularity – plastic pallets are totally exempt from these regulations. This is why shoppers are falling in love with this versatile alternative.
Not surprising when you consider they are:
- Immune to infestation and mold.
- Resistant to bacterial growth and liquid absorption.
- Impervious to solvents, fats, acids, and noxious odors.
There are also strong environmental pluses – completely recyclable and with no demands on increasingly scarce timber resources. And cost-effective and super efficient too. These modern age pallets allow for safe and easy product movement all the way along the chain from manufacturer to the final customer.
But which type of pallet is best for you? Some are designed for multi-use, others for one-way shipment.