Roundup: Caterpillar Converts to Reusables in Europe, Wood Packaging Import Requirements in Brazil

Gefco’s Service Arrangement with Caterpillar to Now Include Reusable Packaging

GefcoWhile GEFCO has been providing logistics services for several years, that relationship has now been expanded to include reusable GefBoxSystem, in a move that will see it transition from one-way packaging.This follows a successful pilot program with Caterpillar’s BCP (building construction products) division.

The extended relationship will see GEFCO oversee the inbound movement of reusable packaging to Caterpillar suppliers as well as the retrieval of empties from production sites. The GefBoxSystem offers a range of benefits, including standardization, superior protection, and increased load capacity.

“We are delighted to be awarded this exciting opportunity to build on our relationship with Caterpillar and development of our GefBox solution, which is already used by over 1,500 customers across 22 international markets,” commented Roy Fenner, Global Automotive Account Manager at GEFCO. “We look forward to continuing to deliver excellent customer service and the highest level of support we have provided to Caterpillar during our relationships.”


Wood Packaging Requirements for Entering Brazil

“We have received several calls and emails asking for clarification on regulatory changes related to ISPM 15 in Brazil,” Timber Products Inspection writes in its January newsletter. TP stresses that there has been no change with respect to conforming to ISPM 15 requirements. There has been, however, a change in practice with respect to how Brazil responds to the arrival of unmarked pallets into the country. Some companies have been sending unmarked solid wood packaging into Brazil and having it fumigated upon arrival because they found this practice to be cheaper than purchasing treated pallets in the country of origin. TP reports that Brazil is now refusing entry of shipments that do not arrive with ISPM 15 wood packaging requirements.

Also noteworthy, TP reports that companies have been enjoying quicker movement of their shipments through customs is they have documentation which identifies the solid wood packaging as being ISPM 15 compliant. While documentation to this effect is not required by Brazil, a failure to have it can result in physical inspection of the load and related delays.

Source: Timber Products Inspection