Call for wooden pallets to be granted ‘essential’ status
27 May 2020
The European Federation of Wooden Pallet & Packaging Manufacturers (FEFPEB) has called for European governments to recognise the wooden pallet and packaging industry as essential to supply chains of vital goods both during and after the Covid-19 pandemic.
The organisation, which represents the sector across Europe, has lobbied for ‘essential’ status for wooden pallets and packaging throughout the crisis. This was officially given by authorities in countries including Belgium, Italy, the UK and in some German regions; and in other countries the industry has been allowed to work – all with additional health and safety measure in place - in order to keep products such as food and medicines flowing into the market.
FEFPEB is now asking for officially recognised ‘essential status’ across Europe and on an ongoing basis, to give governments understanding of the sector’s vital role in supply chains and clarity about the necessity to keep supplies of pallets and packaging moving at all times – during a crisis and in general.