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ALC releases nationally consistent pallet guidelines

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The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has released a pallet guideline that is intended to improve efficiencies in the supply chain.

“The Australian logistics industry is heavily reliant on Pooling Equipment and the new ALC Guideline is an important step forward for the industry, as it delivers for the first time an industry-wide approach to the use of pallets,” Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director said in a statement.

He added - “The key is to be aware, understand, and build an accurate process that follows the goods as they move through the supply chain. This gives rise to a set of responsibilities and expectations on the part of all parties handling pooling equipment, which are set out in the ALC Guideline.”

According to Kilgariff, the ALC Guideline is based on six pallet management fundamentals and aims to achieve greater standardisation along the entire supply chain based .

In addition, it outlines the roles and responsibilities of those in the industry, including companies who use pallets and hold them until they are returned to pooling equipment companies.

Apart from spelling out the roles and responsibilities of all parties, the guideline includes a best practice outline, a plain English guide, and dispute resolution advice and procedures.

However, the Victorian Transport Association (VTA) is not happy with the guideline's approach to dispute resolution.

VTA Chief Executive, Neil Chambers said in a statement that the ALC has missed an opportunity to work with all supply chain parties to reform the current pallet hire regime, and to pursue workable dispute resolution avenues.

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