Published on : Wednesday, August 7, 2013
The European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL) and the UIC working group “Questions of palletisation” (UIC WG) consulted together with a representative of Deutsche Bahn AG (DB) in Paris on July 9, 2013 regarding measures for safeguarding the uniform Euro pallet exchange pool.
In light of the fact that no agreement was possible regarding the question of labelling due to the negative attitude of the UIC WG, EPAL proposed to the UIC WG that an unlimited exchangeability of EPAL Euro pallets and UIC Euro pallets be agreed within the framework of a mutual declaration. In this way EPAL pursued the desire of numerous German associations to guarantee the uniformity of the exchange pool.
Reportedly Mr Metlich has now stated that the majority of UIC member railways have rejected continuing with the uniform exchange pool of EPAL Euro pallets and UIC Euro pallets. DB – which reacted positively to the planned declaration – and EPAL have not received any information from the UIC WG to date.