Pallets quality assessment working group



Draft v3.0 ECR Baltic Pallets Assessment Card (with single brand EUR and EPAL pallets)

Download v1.0 and v 2.1 Pallets Assessment Cards, here:

Poll for the meeting in April, 2015, here:

Pallets survey results 2014

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Please help us to identify pallets exchange issues by filling out survey:

Survey link:

Take a survey and get a free pass to Riga Food Fair

Want to check questions or consult with colleagues, view questions offline: Survey__ECR_Baltic_survey_on_pallets_management_and_standardization.pdf

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ECR Baltic EUR/EPAL Pallets Assessment working group meeting is set to Wed 7th of May from 11:00 - 14:00 at ECR Baltic office, Brivibas 149. Riga.

About working group:

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According to decision from March 2013 ECR Baltic shall move to one EUR pallet assessment card to be supported in Baltics by ECR Baltic and revise it according to the new types of pallets entering the market, which is single brand: EPAL/EPAL and EUR/UIC

Preliminary agenda:
* Feedback from pallet training with ECR Poland (assessing pallet quality the same way)
* ECR Baltic Pallets Assessment Cards, adding new types of single brand EPAL and EUR pallets
* Merging Baltic pallets assessment cards v1 with Latvian temporary v21 to support only one by ECR Baltic!
* Top of mind issues: root cause abrasion rate 10% +

Assessment cards:

Learn more:

Edgars Pentjuss



EPAL press release about extraordinary meeting of the UIC working group "Questions of palletisation" on the 17.06.2013 (on transformation from one EUR pallet system to two EUR/UIC and EPAL/EPAL). Read more: EPAL_press_release_uic_eur_epal_epal_exchange.pdf


v2.1 ECR Baltic EUR pallets assessment cards for Latvian market:

The new (lightened) version 2.1 of ECR Baltic EUR Pallet assessment cards were developed in response to and aligned with Latvian Food Manufacturers Federation (LPUF) and Latvian Food Retailers Association (LPTA) requirements. The v2.1 is a temporary version (to be reviewed or merged with v1.0 by March 2014) of ECR Baltic EUR Pallets Assessment Cards for Latvian market.

v2.1 available for for download, here!

More information: Edgars Pentjuss (+37126546645)


v 1.0 ECR Baltic EUR Pallets Assessment Cards  available for download in

English | Russian  | Lithuanian | Latvian | Estonian

Hard copies available for purchase, here!

EUR pallet assessment cards Baltic version



Useful tools:

Pallets Cost Calculation template by ECR Poland

Chep Pallets workshop presentation


EUR Pallets Legal Aspects presentation: EUR Pallets Legals Assepects

For mor information, please contact: Edgars Pentjuss +371 26546645 or mailto








General rules for handling and storage  pallets:

•  Use clean, dry pallets for the food industry.
•  Wooden pallets should not be stored unprotected outdoors in order to avoid biological, physical and chemical contamination.
•  The best place to store the pallet is protected from one or two sides respectively large shed. Gaps of 100 mm are used for ventilation around each stack.
•  Keep pallets separated – special pallets for hygienic zones
•  Use pallet inverters. To avoid contamination a possible, cheap and easy solution is to use wooden pallets with a slip-sheet on top.
•  Buy pallets from the reliable, licensed manufacturers
•  Trucks must be checked before loading palletised goods to ensure they are clean, free of pooled water, wooden flooring is not damp and there are no leaks.
•  Pallets that have become surface wet or frozen in winter should be allowed to dry in a well-ventilated environment before being brought into heated environments.


Exposure to sun and rain worsens general pallet’s condition
Shutten rooms with humidity and without ventilation - suitable for fungus
The best place to store the pallet is respectively large shed

Pallets Killers Video by Chep/ECR Europe (Download full 197 MB Video, here: ).



About ECR Baltic EUR Pallets Assessment working group (Baltic and Latvian subgoup).

Brief and key competences:
 The pallets quality assessment working group was called following recent euro pallets open pool "whitening" initiatives in the Baltic States and in order to legalize market to respect all EPAL/UIC industrial property rights on euro pallets (as branded goods). The second reason was different quality acceptance (interpretation) rules and standards for accepting/disqualifying euro pallets to/from circulation between companies.
•Align pallets quality acceptance rules between retailers, distributors and manufacturers;
•develop/adopt tools (i.e. pallets quality assessment cards and trainings) which would help companies to apply common quality standards to all
• EUR Pallet assessment cards v1.0 (5 languages, printed around 3’500 pcs)
• Temporary  EUR Pallet assessment cards  for Latvian market with LPUF and LPTA
• Activity based pallet management cost calculation tool: (source ECR Poland)
• Market legalization and transparency, new pallet systems: Chep, One way pallets.
Key milestones and future challenges:
• EPAL/UIC split for EUR pallets
• Dissemination of v1.0 and status of v2.1 for Latvian market to be revised before April 2014
• Train the trainer workshops and/or floor level trainings on EUR Pallet assessment
Leaders, participants from: Maxima Grop, Palink, Rimi Baltic, Coca Cola, Rakvere, Cido group, Carlsberg group, Prisma +

Join pallets standardization working group, here:

Registered working group members:

Jurgita Grebliauskiene, Coca-Cola Hellenic Baltic
Jevgeni Rudkovski, Coca-Cola Hellenic Baltic
Egidijus Skarelis, Coca-Cola HBC Lietuva
Kaspars Davids, Aldaris
Vaiva Najute, Svyturys-Utenos alus
Kristo Sussen, Saku Brewery Ltd
Paulis Dalbergs, Royal Unibrew
Māris Rodins, Fazer maiznīcas
Nerijus Balandis, Kraft Foods Lietuva
Evaldas Ciukas, Kraft Foods Lietuva
Sergejus Radionovas, Eugesta UAB
Andrius Jurgelevičius, Baltic Logistic Solutions

Saulius Reipšleger, Palink
Marek Aigro, Prisma
Katrin Sormunen, Prisma
Edgaras Gedeikis, Rimi Baltic
Eduardas Vareikis, Rimi Lietuva
Vaida Salniene, Maxima Group
Vytautas Ilgevičius, Maxima Group

Others (Industry Associations & Solution Providers):
Edgars Pentjuss, ECR Baltic
Marta Górska, CHEP Polska Sp. z o.o.
Tatyana Sargsyan, Ramundas
Janas Likšo, EPAL National Committee in Baltic States
Margus Ärm, Bepco
Rita Rozentāle, Schoeller Arca Systems
Igoris Kononovas, MPS Lithuania


For more information, please contact: Edgars Pentjuss +371 26546645 or mailto

Edgaras Gedeikis