International Pallet Delivery – Common Considerations


International shipping is always quite a bit more complicated than the domestic equivalent; red tape, regulations and customs procedures differ from country to country. But there are a few things that are fairly the same across the board, at least when shipping within the EU. Below are a few things that are worth keeping in mind when engaging in International Pallet Deliveries:

What are the import regulations for the destination country? If you plan on shipping your products internationally you should research the regulations for the most common destinations. And to be on the safe side check if there are any specific export rules to your goods. As a general rule: animals (or animal products), chemicals or plants usually require special permissions. But many countries also have special rules regarding electronics, jewellery and precious metals. If you are not sure it’s better to ask than for your shipment to get stuck in customs.

Load your pallet in thecorrect way. Place heavy goods on the bottom, and secure the shipment with plastic shrink wrap and bands (fibre or steel depending on how much protection is needed). If you have edges or corners that are sensitive to damage, be sure to protect them with extra wood or cardboard reinforcement.

All wooden pallets need to have a ISMP 15 stamp. ISMP 15 (or International Standards For Phytosanitary Measures No. 15) is an international measure to prevent diseases and insects from spreading over borders and to negatively affect plants or ecosystems. The stamp signifies that the wood has been treated with pesticides.

Use a reliable pallet courier. This may seem like an obvious point, but always hire a company that cares about your goods and that gives you their full attention if something goes side-ways. It’s also recommended that they have a good tracking system so that you can keep yourself updated on the status of your shipment. This is especially important when doing international pallet deliveries.

For additional information please contact your courier as they have all information needed to ship your products.

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