Lightweight Plastic Export Pallets Provide Opportunity for Air Shipment



“Exporters transporting large volumes of goods by air need to look for new ways to take costs out of the supply chain,” states Jim Hardisty, Managing Director of “Pallets are indispensable for shipping goods by road, sea and air yet few export companies are aware of the sheer variety of pallets suitable for export on the market and how using certain types and models can achieve considerable cost efficiencies.”

“Our ultra-low weight, high performance EXA 1210 export pallet, is a prime example. It offers the strength of a full perimeter pallet but weighs just 7.3kg, helping keep airfreight costs to a minimum,” Hardisty adds. “Its lightweight design has made it a favorite with Japanese drinks and chemicals importers; in fact our EXA 1210 export pallet is used for all the Beaujolais nouveau, which is shipped from France to Japan by air.”

Hardisty’s comments come in the wake of information from The International Air Transport Association (IATA) that containerised air cargo declined from 3.1 percent in 2000 to 1.7 percent in 2013. He notes tht there has been a steep decline in air cargo volume worldwide, in large part as a result in the rapid rise in fuel price.

Manufactured in Belgium from recycled polypropylene, the open deck EXA 1210 export pallet has a very wide full perimeter base designed for evenly spread loads, making it safe for storing and transporting high value goods, like boxes of wines and spirits.

Measuring 1200mm (L) x 1000mm (W) x 120mm (H), the pallets can be double stacked easily in storage as the wide base spreads the weight down to the lower pallet, without damaging the top layer. A wooden pallet with narrow runners risks placing too much pressure on the outer edge boxes making them more susceptible to damage.

Like all plastic export pallets, the EXA 1210 is exempt from ISPM15 regulations.

As well as being ideal for export or any one-way trip, the EXA 1210 pallet offers the full range of benefits provided by all plastic pallets. They are moulded using a high-tech manufacturing process, each plastic pallet is produced consistently and accurately and carries a stated loading capacity.

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