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Clarifying IPPC- ISPM 15 Standards for Recycled Pallets

The ISPM-15 standard is designed to prevent the spread of insects and disease via overseas wood packaging materials such as crates, dunnage, and pallets.  The ISPM 15 logo stamp certifies that a wooden pallet has been manufactured using debarked lumber and heat treated or fumigated, making it free of insects and safe for export use.  Although the ISPM 15 standard for new pallets is quite unambiguous, the same cannot be said of recycled pallets.  Because recycled pallets constitute a significant component of the available pool, the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) recently sought clarification from American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC) to eliminate discrepancies in how various ISPM-15 certification agencies view recycled pallets.Continue Reading…

Reduce Shipping Costs and Go Green with Custom Boxes and Litco Pallets

A recent online survey conducted by Peerless Research Group for Packsize International cites reduced shipping costs as the primary concern of logistics and materials handling professionals seeking to improve operational efficiencies.  The study was based on findings from 521 logistics and materials handling managers responsible for the daily shipment of more than 2,000 packages from their respective facilities.

Although this survey is welcome news to executives at Packsize International, a company specializing in the manufacture of lean corrugated packaging systems used to create custom size boxes, this research also reinforces the message we share with our prospects and customers:  lighter pallet solutions can substantially reduce shipping costs.Continue Reading…

Safer, Greener, Smarter Pallets: The Future is Now

Rick LeBlanc’s June article in Pallet Enterprise offers a thoughtful discussion of  issues and trends facing logistics professionals and pallet manufacturers.  From “smart pallets” to building a more sustainable supply chain, staying current with the latest trends in the logistics world has never been more important.Continue Reading…

The Future of Pallets and The Unit Load

Rick LeBlanc’s latest article in Pallet Enterprise is a fascinating look at how one research scientist’s lessons learned from the Internet may help us improve logistics and rethink the concepts of palletization and the unit load.

Although many are quick to point to the successes of the modern logistics supply chain, research done by Dr. Benoit Montreuil of Laval University paints a far different picture.  According to Montreuil, today’s logistics system is inefficient, unsustainable, and a major source of greenhouse gas emissions.  The system represents a 10-20% burden on GDP in most countries, with worldwide logistics costs growing faster than world trade.Continue Reading…

Lean and Green Export Ready Pallets Are Perfect Fit For Lincoln Electric

By partnering with Litco International, Lincoln Electric is meeting European export requirements, streamlining its pallet inventory, and receiving an added sustainability benefit too.    “In the past, our shipments to Europe were sometimes held up for inspection,” says Tom Soster, manufacturing engineering manager for Cleveland-based manufacturer of arc welding machines and consummables. “Now, the presswood pallets flow right through.”

Lincoln began investigating presswood export pallets several years ago as part of a cost reduction program.  At the time, the manufacturer was purchasing construction-grade pine and fabricating export pallets in-house.   In addition to maintaining an inventory of nine different sizes that took up valuable dock space, the pallets had to be bark free and manufactured from heat-treated lumber to meet European regulations for export pallets.Continue Reading…

INCOTERMS®: Staying on Top of Exporting Terminology

Export-loaded container shipThe International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) annually publishes a revised version to its International Commercial Terms, also known as INCOTERMS®, that take effect on January 1 of a given year. INCOTERMS are a set of three-letter standard trade terms most commonly used in international contracts for the sale of goods. First published in 1936, INCOTERMS provide internationally accepted definitions and rules of interpretation for most common commercial terms. In the US, INCOTERMS are increasingly used in domestic sales contracts rather than UCC shipment and delivery terms. Perhaps the most frequently cited – FOB – FREE ON BOARD (… named port of shipment) defines that: The Seller delivers the goods on board the ship and clears the goods for export. From that point, the Buyer bears all costs and risks of loss or damage.

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Export Pallet Experts Celebrate 50 Years in Business

Litco International is turning 50! To mark our golden jubilee, President Gary Trebilcock has written a short history of the company. The enterprise that began as a two-person team in a basement now has facilities in three states and customers all over the US and the globe. Our product line has expanded from simple wooden pallets to a wide range of transit protective packaging and shipping products, and we’re known industry-wide for our expertise in export approved pallets.

Here’s to another 50 years!

Litco Introduces Half-Size Wooden Export Pallet

24-by-40-Inch Pallet Adds Efficiency, Reduces Costs for Small Loads

Litco International Inc., North America’s leading source of Inca presswood pallets, today announced the launch of a “half-size” pallet for the domestic market, a 24-by-40-in. product that will enhance efficiency and reduce costs for shippers of small loads.

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