Pallet Shipping from the UK
Shipping pallet from the UK to worldwide destinations securely using ForwardVia
You may not be aware of this. When you purchase goods that are heavy or large, it makes it diffificult to handle manually. The seller or store is required to pack it on a pallet for safe delivery of your goods. The sender would normally pack it on to a wooden pallet, which most use for UK to UK or local delivery.
Some wooden pallets may not fit for exporting outside of the UK, if it is not compliant with ISPM 15, which stands for International Standards For Phytosanitary Measures No. 15.
ForwardVia specialised in pallet shipping from the UK. When ForwardVia receive a palletised goods, we will always assess whether the pallet or crate delivered by the store/seller is suitable for shipping to your country. If it is not, we would recommend repackaging it on to a plastic or heat treated pallets that are compliant with local regulations. We would take a photo for you to review and decide the best way forward.
Below are some of the commonly asked questions about pallet shipping from the UK.
Is pallet shipping necessary?
Pallet shipping is necessary if the item is too large or heavy for manual handling. As a guide if the weight is over 40 kg, or girth larger than 400 cm. Shipping it without pallet may expose the item to damages when in transit. Courier may also refuse to accept it. If the item is not palletise, it is necessary to pack the goods onto a pallet. For exporting to outside the UK, it is necessary to only use pallet that complies with ISPM 15 regulations or use plastic pallet or equivalent.
What are ISPM15 regulations?
ISPM 15 stands for International Standards For Phytosanitary Measures No. 15. Phytosanitary measures are measures that are taken to help protect humans, animals and plants from contaminates, pests or diseases. Quite simply ISPM 15 or International Standard for Phytosanitary Measure 15 is the 15th measure to protect humans, animals and plants from disease, pests and contaminants.
What do ISPM regulations apply to?
ISPM15 is applicable to all wooden packaging materials such as pallets and shipping crates. They state that all solid wood and wooden packaging materials over 6mm in thickness and used for export must be treated.
Why do these regulations exist?
These regulations exist to help prevent the spread of pests and diseases found in wooden packaging that could have a negative impact on ecosystems. The regulations mean that wooden packaging must be heat-treated prior to use in order to destroy any pests or diseases in the wood.
What is the alternative to wooden pallet?
Instead of using wooden pallet that must be compliant to ISPM, the other option is to use plastic pallet. That would make pallet shipping more straight-forward without the worry of your goods get stopped at the border
What countries require ISPM15?
Wooden pallets used in freight to and from Europe are required to be heat-treated to ISPM 15 standard or use a plastic pallet. Here is the list of other countries that required wooden pallet to be compliant with ISPM 15
Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, EU, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Russia, Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan (includes Taipei), Turkey, Ukraine, USA and North America
How much does it cost to ship pallet?
Shipping cost depends on the weight, dimension and shipping destination. If repackaging is required, there is an additional fee of £45 for mini pallet or £60 for standard size pallet. For non-stackable pallet, there is a surcharge of £185.
Will the pallet delivery direct to my door?
Not necessary. The pallet delivery is to the shipping address, and unloaded at the address, not to the door. Some delivery drivers may assist, but it is up to the driver’s discretion. If there is any access restriction, the delivery driver may refuse to deliver it to the address and deliver to a place where they can access. Either way the local delivery company will contact and liaise with the receiver.
How do pallet shipping from the UK works using ForwardVia?
1. Order the goods from the store using the provided UK address
2. Wait for delivery. ForwardVia inform you once we have the pallet
3. Once received, ForwardVia log the pallet details in your account, which include a photo for you to review
4. If repackaging onto plastic pallet is necessary, there is a fee of £45/pallet for mini pallet and £60/pallet for standard size pallet. For non-stackable pallet, there is a surcharge of £185. You can make payment to proceed
5. ForwardVia repackage it ready for you to order international shipping via your account dashboard
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