Friday, September 27, 2013

Cheap Pallet Wrap Can Cost More in Terms of Damage to Freight as Police Clamp Down

Reports of Stricter Enforcement of Cargo Security across Europe
Shipping News Feature

UK – EUROPE – According to pallet wrapping specialists Golden Valley, there is anecdotal evidence which suggests that Police forces across mainland Europe are robustly enforcing laws on cargo security which require anyone transporting palletised loads to be able to demonstrate that the pallet wrap used to secure each pallet has been applied to measurable parameters. Whether or not this is correct, common sense dictates that correct wrapping of pallets on certain types of freight is essential to maintain both safety and security standards.

Martyn Sumner, Managing Director of Golden Valley, contends that the use of the wrong type of pallet wrap or inappropriate or poorly maintained pallet wrapping machinery are the things most likely to cause a load to fail to meet the standards laid down by EU laws, continuing:

“We understand that Belgian and German police forces are taking a particularly aggressive stance on the issue, it seems that it is [becoming] more important than ever to ensure that palletised loads are securely wrapped with a material that will provide load stability and protection from the warehouse or manufacturing plant right through to the end user destination.”

There are of course legal obligations for hauliers to meet when carrying palletised loads which are contained within national legislation but, as is always the case with these matters, regulations in one country can be written or interpreted entirely differently in another. With something as apparently mundane as pallet or shrink wrap, or indeed with ubiquitous brown vinyl and polypropylene tape, less can often mean more if by using a better quality, higher grade product to contain freight on a pallet one can be assured of a properly secured load.

Current UK legislation demands that ‘the load carried by a motor vehicle or trailer shall at all times be so secured, if necessary by physical restraint other than its own weight, and be in such a position, that neither danger nor nuisance is likely to be caused to any person or property by reason of the load or any part thereof falling or being blown from the vehicle', somewhat dated in these days of box vehicles and tautliners, but not a bad starting point in terms of safety.

For many shippers the cost factor alone when insufficiently secured goods topple from a pallet is the key point to consider, better to pay for a packaging product to a guaranteed standard than a cheap copy which will fail at the crucial moment a fork lift offers a pallet up to the back of a vehicle, causing the goods to crash to the floor below.

Golden Valley Pallet Wrap Specialists is the exclusive UK distributor of the Carbon and Alloy ranges of pallet wrap.