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The production and repair of the first EUR loading equipment with 'UIC/EUR' standardised marking has been launched under quality control led by SGS Germany GmbH. The transnational project, 'Future of the Euro-pallet' is starting to take proper shape then, since the EUR-pallet tried and tested exchange pool – with currently around 500 million items of loading equipment in circulation – is now being expanded by the new one-brand UIC/EUR-pallets.

The green light for a simplified, standardised marking on EUR loading equipment was given when the members of the International Union of Railways (UIC) adopted the one-brand concept. Owing to Rail Cargo Austria (RCA) who licensed the product and the SGS who conducted quality control, producing and repairing UIC/EUR wooden flat pallets has now begun, and will from now on be in circulation as wooden flat pallets along with the approved EUR-marking.

The exchangeable EUR wooden flat pallets now bear the UIC sign on the left corner block. The UIC also stipulates the EUR loading equipment technical standards and quality requirements. The trademarked oval EUR stamp is branded onto the right-hand block. These newly manufactured UIC/EUR-pallets can be fully exchanged with EUR-pallets that are already in circulation. The EUR oval sign is crucial since it ensures that the pallets can be exchanged in the European Pallet Pool (EPP).

Businesses can obtain the relevant approval to manufacture and repair the new UIC/EUR-pallets at UIC member railway companies. The first one-brand loading equipment was produced using a license given by the Rail Cargo Austria (RCA). 'We are witnessing real interest on the market in this licence, particularly since the approved and now simplified EUR-pallet system is being continued, therefore ensuring slick logistics processes,' Stephan Preilowski explains, Project Manager of loading equipment at the SGS Group Germany.

UIC EUR pallets

The first UIC/EUR wooden flat pallets were produced [Image source: SGS Group Germany]

For more information please write an e-mail to SGS Pallets & Transport Devices Services.