Safe transport of Coronavirus vaccines on EPAL pallets

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European Pallet Association e. V. (EPAL) PRESS RELEASE

Safe transport of Coronavirus vaccines on EPAL pallets


Throughout Europe, temperature-controlled Covid-19 vaccines are being transported on quality-tested EPAL Euro pallets

Düsseldorf, 17 February 2021 – Transporting and storing Covid-19 vaccines is a real challenge for every logistics company. Depending on the vaccine, they have to be transported at between -20°C and -70°C. Transport boxes that have been developed and produced at great cost, as well as special fridges and freezers, have to be provided to guarantee the vaccine’s stability throughout the whole transport chain.

These boxes are transported on load carriers – on EPAL Euro pallets – which are already available in their millions in the largest open exchange pool and have all had their quality tested. Standardised, produced according to the EPAL Technical Regulations and made from wood, a natural and sustainable material, EPAL Euro pallets are ideally suited to transporting temperature-controlled medicines, especially for the vitally important Covid-19 vaccine during the pandemic.

Low temperatures of -70°C or lower, do not impair the stability and the safe working load of EPAL Euro pallets. Whilst plastic pallets can become brittle at temperatures that are too low, making them more likely to break, EPAL Euro pallets are suitable for transporting and storing goods even at the lowest minus temperatures.

Furthermore, all EPAL pallets have been treated in accordance with ISPM 15, so goods can also be safely transported outside of the EU. They are repairable, reusable, exchangeable and recyclable and thus provide sustainable and safe transport solutions.

About EPAL:

The European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL) ensures a smooth flow of goods in the logistics world with over 600 million EPAL Euro pallets and 20 million box pallets in the world’s biggest open exchange pool. Founded in 1991 as the umbrella association of licensed producers and repairers of EPAL load carriers, EPAL is globally responsible for their consistent quality. EPAL pallets are produced from sustainably grown, CO2-neutral wood, can be repaired and recycled, and reduce transport distances thanks to their high level of availability. As a registered association, EPAL does not pursue any commercial interests and makes all its decisions in the interests of its industry, retail and logistics partners. EPAL is represented in over thirty countries by fourteen National Committees which have committed themselves to implementing the EPAL objectives.

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