CP pallets are available in nine standard designs manufactured in metric dimensions. You can easily identify these chemical pallets by one of the CP designations (CP1 thru CP9) stamped on the pallet.
In this post, we'll take a closer look at three CP pallets popular in the US and examine why these block style pallets originally designed for the chemical industry are becoming more common when shipping products into our global economy.
CP Pallets Provide Good Clearance
CP pallets have gained popularity in recent years for shipping internationally due to the compatibility of block pallet designs with both forklifts and pallet jacks. Some chemical pallets even share the same dimensions as two of the most widely-used pallet sizes (48" x 40" and 800mm x 1200mm.)
Contrast chemical pallet designs to stringer style pallets. Cut out notches in the stringers help to gain 4-way entry with fork lifts, but not all pallet jacks fit under these notches. The clearance or room for a pallet jack to enter a block pallet is usually around 3 inches. A stringer pallet, on the other hand, only provides about 2 inches of clearance through the notches.
The Most Popular CP Pallets
The three CP pallet styles below are most popular because they can often replace standard US and Euro pallets. Let's explore how you might use these CP pallets:
Using CP Pallets
With 9 different models of CP pallets available, it is very likely that a CP pallet could work for most standard-size shipments. The most readily-available designs in the US include the CP1, CP3, CP7 and CP9. When shipping internationally, it can be beneficial to ship an easy-to-use block style pallet - just in case the pallets have to be moved with a pallet jack. Working closely with your pallet supplier can assist in choosing the right CP model to fit your packaging needs.
Beyond equipment compatibility, you must consider ISPM-15 requirements if you are exporting wood packaging. CP pallets are often made with dry pine (and for good reason). The heating process for removing moisture from pine exceeds heat treatment (HT) requirements set by IPPC. That said, always seek advice on current regulations before exporting - even if you see a manufacturer's HT Stamp clearly stenciled on both sides of CP pallets.
How could CP pallets work for your products? Do you package products in some of the same sizes as the CP pallets? Let us know if we can help you choose the best CP pallet for your application.
Post by: Jonathan Haynes, Regional Sales Manager
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