Europallets - UIC

Europallets are currently the most widely used type of interchangeable transport pallets in Europe. Their usefulness for transporting goods and materials is literally inexhaustible. In addition, the production of EURO pallets is subject to strict standards, so the "EUR" marking on the side of the pallet is a guarantee of unquestionable quality.

Euro pallets from our company meet the strictest Czech and international standards

Wotan Forest, a.s. produces wooden Europallets on the basis of a licence granted by ZSSK CARGO, a.s. Europallets are produced both in accordance with the CSN 26 9110 standard (European four-way plain EUR pallet) and the International Union of Railways UIC 435-2 standard.

Wotan Forest, a.s. is also a holder of the SRS certificate on the competence of our drying plants to treat wood raw material according to the IPPC - ISPM FAO No. 15 standard. On the basis of this certificate we perform HT heat treatment of sawn lumber including the possibility of securing a phytocertificate.

All ZSSK CARGO licensees are required to mark their pallets with metal clips stamped with an identification number. Staples for Euro pallets can only be purchased from ZSSK CARGO. Producers of Euro pallets under the ZSSK CARGO banner are subject to strict quality controls, so if you come across Euro pallets marked with ZSSK CARGO metal clips, you can be sure of their high quality.

Useful information about europallets

Dimensions of europallets

EUR pallets have dimensions of 1200x800 mm, which is based on the international standard packing unit module of 400x600 mm.

EUR pallet weight

A plain EUR pallet is designed for the following loads when stored in a rack or on a fork lift truck:

  • 1 000 kg - if the load is unevenly distributed over the pallet surface.
  • 1 500 kg - if the load is evenly distributed over the pallet surface.
  • 2 000 kg - if the load is in solid form and evenly distributed over the entire pallet loading surface.

When stacked, the additional load on the lowest pallet is a maximum of 4,000 kg if the weight is on a level, horizontal and stationary surface and comes down horizontally and with its full weight.

Basic quality characteristics of EUR pallets or How to recognize a correctly manufactured EUR pallet

The wood from which a EURO pallet is made must not bear any traces of unacceptable wood preservatives or chemical anti-blueing agents. If phytosanitary treatment is required, this must be carried out by heat treatment of the pallet. Rot, mould, fungus, dry rot, dieback or active insect infestation are not acceptable.

Curves are only permitted on certain parts of the pallet provided they are free of bark and do not exceed 15 mm transversely. Only surface cracks in the logs, not caused by the pallet assembly, are permitted. Bluing corresponding to the season is permissible, but discolouration caused by poor drying or storage cannot be allowed.

The moisture content of the timber must not exceed 22 %. For practical purposes, it is important to measure the moisture content of the boards of the pallet loading surface or, if the pallets are stacked with the goods, on the bottom boards of the support surface.

EUR pallet marking or how to know a true EUR pallet

Left corner block of the long side - mark of the railway undertaking authorising the transport
Middle long side block - pest treatment marking, manufacturer's code, inspection clip

Right corner block on the long side - EUR protection mark

When phytosanitary treatment is carried out, the mark (label), also bearing the year and month and, where appropriate, the number of the authorization to carry out the phytosanitary treatment, must be affixed to the central block of the longitudinal surface. If the treatment is not to be carried out by the manufacturer, who may not be the owner of the drying equipment, the label shall be placed on the central block of the short pallet.

Any additional marking, such as the logo of the pallet owner for ease of identification, shall not be permitted, except where it is an additional quality control imprint. If the pallets show signs of blackening of the markings by paint, they may be pallets which have been rejected by the guarantor at the time of inspection as non-compliant, either technically or because of unauthorized marking.