EPAL Views Additional Pallet Exchange Fees as Justified

EPAL endorses the move by one logistics provider to charge a pallet exchange fee to cover the cost of receiving poor quality pallets and again raises the issue of UIC EUR pallet quality in the pool.

The European Pallet Association (EPAL) views the introduction, by Dachser Food Logistics, of additional fees for exchanging Euro pallets as justified by the insufficient quality assurance of UIC pallets and the UIC’s lack of trademark rights prosecution, according to an announcement.

A lack of quality assurance is to the detriment of safety and longevity and means, in the end, high additional costs for all involved in the logistics chain due to fewer trips per pallet in the pool, more frequent damage and higher repair costs. As in the case of another recent announcement, EPAL is emphasizing its concern about quality issues with UIC Euro pallets.

EPAL indicates that the lack of trademark rights prosecutions by the UIC encourages the sale of inferior quality, counterfeit UIC pallets over the borders into the EU markets.

On the other hand, EPAL states, the independent quality assurance of EPAL pallets guarantees high-quality new and repaired EPAL Euro pallets, which offer superior safety and cost efficiency. Trademark rights infringements are prosecuted by EPAL and counterfeit EPAL pallets are seized and destroyed.

EPAL is responsible for the world’s biggest open exchange pool, which comprises over 450 million Euro pallets, and therefore allows for perfect just-in-time organization, thus representing the most favorable exchange solution for all users. In order to maintain and strengthen the quality of the world’s biggest exchange pool, EPAL is assuming wider responsibility and increasingly questioning the exchangeability of UIC pallets.

Source: EPAL