Getting through customs as quickly as possible ensures that goods arrive at their destination in a timely manner. Delivery dates are crucial for industries such as food and pharmaceuticals where some products have a defined lifespan. Plastic crates and pallets minimise issues such as contamination that can be disastrous in such industries, and eliminate customs checks required with wood-based shipping materials.
With Brexit discussions heading toward a 'no deal' outcome, the pharmaceutical industry is facing shipping complications as the UK government advises organisations to increase their stockpiles amid concerns around customs delays. The UK's Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, says that the UK will ensure a back supply of up to six weeks worth of medicines and recommends that pharmaceutical companies plan for additional stock levels, in a recent government letter. Part of the worry is that treatment facilities and patients will not have access to the medicines they need in emergency situations, with the 2017 Manchester arena bombing cited as one incident where expedient international shipping was essential.
With the need for getting pharmaceutical shipments through customs in a timely manner so crucial, what do pharmaceutical companies need to consider when selecting international shipping pallets?
The UK government's warning around stockpiling reinforces the need to know the future requirements of the market. It can be difficult enough to meet sudden spikes in demand when it comes to the actual product, it is near impossible if shipping materials are below the required level. Eco Pallets have distribution centres across Australia and can dispatch pallets from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane and can deliver direct to major ports.
A pharmaceutical shipment cannot risk contamination issues associated with wooden shipping materials. Crates and pallets must be easy to clean and disinfect, with plastic products immune to infestation and able to withstand pressure washing. We go as far as to provide a range of hygienic pallets specifically designed with smooth surfaces to enable quality cleaning.
A significant number of pharmaceutical products have very specific minimum and maximum temperature requirements which can be the difference between quality and ruined stock at the end destination. Plastic pallets are able to withstand temperatures as low as -30 degrees celsius which allows them to be used for a wide variety of products.
Regardless of country-specific shipping and trade agreements, a large number of countries also subscribe to a set of standards around wooden shipping materials. All wooden crates or pallets must be certified as appropriately fumigated to prevent cross-country contamination of pests and other infestations. With some customs officers requiring supporting paperwork, it can be another delay in ensuring a shipment reaches its destination.
Our team are dedicated to finding the right shipping materials for every business. Whether you need plastic crates or hygienic pallets, we'll find a product that works. Contact us today to start discussions.