No-Deal Brexit: What this means for UK Logistics

With just 3 months until the October 31st exit date, we take a look at what a no-deal Brexit means for the logistics industry.

Earlier in the year, the government held talks with distributors after coming to the realisation that the UK has a shortage of the ‘right sort’ of pallets used to import and export goods in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Held by DEFRA (The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) the main aims of these talks were to speak with industry representatives about the best way to keep household goods moving to and from supermarkets if the UK leaves the EU without a deal at the end of October 2019.

If a no-deal Brexit were to occur, a requirement will be put into place which sees all pallets must meet the strict EU requirements for third-party countries. This means the vast majority of wooden pallets used to transport millions of consumer goods will no longer meet EU requirements, created to stop the spread of disease and pests from country to country.

What are the Requirements?

These requirements see that all timber packaging, including pallets, that are destined for EU countries after a no-deal Brexit must be heat treated for a minimum of 30 minutes at 56ºC, or fumigated to comply with ISPM15. They must also be officially marked with the ISPM15 stamp consisting of three important codes; country, producer and measure applied. DEFRA has concluded that there are nowhere near enough of these pallets currently available in the UK.

This could prevent the transiting of pallets carrying millions of tonnes of goods between the UK and the 27-country alliance, which could potentially lead to food shortages around Europe. Currently, pallets moving between EU member states, including the UK, are exempt from this standard, with experts saying less than a third of the pallets used for EU and UK trade comply with ISPM15.

In an official notice DEFRA said: “In the event of no deal, all WPM [wood packaging material] moving between the UK and the EU must meet ISPM15 international standards by undergoing heat treatment and marking.”

How Can PR Pallets Help?

There are many ways in which PR Pallets can help support your business in the event of a no-deal Brexit. We have the facilities available to heat treat pallets in our very own heat treating kiln, which we have been doing for over 10 years now. With quick turnaround times and plenty of heat-treated pallets in stock, contact our team today to see how we can help, 01992 761 116.

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