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New Regulations for Shipping on Wooden Pallets

A new IPPC regulation prohibiting the use of untreated coniferous wood pallets for exporting product went into effect on January 2, 2004. The regulation is designed to prevent the spread of natural pests from one country to the next.

Initial enforcement, beginning in April or May of 2004, will only entail notification of non-compliance, but at some as-yet-undetermined point in time, enforcement can include quarantines and even destruction of cargo.

To see letters describing the regulations, click here

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FreePac Technology as an Alternative to Wooden Pallets

AmeriGlobe has developed a FreePac™ Technology as an alternative to wooden pallets. This system will allow you to ship your product overseas without the expense and hassle of getting your pallets treated.

AmeriGlobe's FreePac™ Technology combines patent pending designs of molded plastic channels and elastic attachement points to create a bulk bag that has an integrated pallet. The special shape of the inserts gives the harnasses anchor points to hold on to. This prevents the channels from being dislodged.

  Your Bags Could Make This Transformation Too
 
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FreePac™ Technology offers many of the advantages of wooden pallets, but does not have the contamination concerns associated with them. The inserts are a fraction of the weight of standard pallets and take a third of the space, saving you valuable warehouse space.

Since the FreePac™ channels are recyclable, your customers in Europe will be paid to recycle them, rather than being charged to dispose of them.

 

Please call (866) 264-5623 for more information or Click Here to request more information.

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Below is a letter sent by Union Pacific to its customers to notify them of the regulation changes concerning wooden pallets.

 

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) of the United Nations
Bulletin 2003-092
Effective Date: January 2, 2004

Dear Intermodal Customer:

"Union Pacific Railroad is providing the following as a courtesy to all its customers."

Wood packaging, including pallets, made from unprocessed raw wood has been identified as a potential pathway for the introduction or spread of pests. In March of 2002, The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) of the United Nations drafted standards for the treatment of wood packaging to minimize the risks of pest contamination.

On January 2, 2004, The United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and other major trading partners will begin enforcing these standards for all imports and exports. Companies which do not have a wood compliance strategy face grave consequences, including possible refusal, delay, or destruction of shipments packed with or (shipped) on non-compliant wood packaging.

For information about the IPPC regulations, visit www.ippc.int

To learn more about the seminar, or to register, visit www.iopp.org/education

Questions? Contact IoPP Director of Education Stan Zelesnik at 630-544-5050 ext. 108 or email szelesnik@iopp.org

Sincerely,

Intermodal Business Unit
Union Pacific Railroad

 

 

Below is a letter sent by Phoenix International to its customers to notify them of the regulation changes concerning wooden pallets.

 
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