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Association of Pallet Networks: 16 million pallets delivered by members in 2013

  • 24 March 2014
  • By Chris Druce

The Association of Pallet Networks (APN) has revealed 15.7 million pallets were delivered by its member networks last year.

On a restated basis this was 13% ahead of 2012, APN said.

Next Day services delivered growth of more than 15% in the period, with 66% of all pallets shipped making use of this service.

Paul Sanders, chairman of the APN, said: “Although there is organic growth in the sector, our members have benefited from the wider challenges faced by hauliers in recent years.

“The reduced number of subcontractors in the market place, problems recruiting and retaining HGV permanent and agency drivers, and securing suitable hire trailers have all left their mark on the industry, and have lead to an increase in volumes being channelled through the pallet networks.

APN’s data suggests consistent growth has happened across all types of pallet sizes. However, quarter pallet services have seen the largest growth compared to last year, up 14% year-on-year.

Last year’s figures do not include a contribution from Pall-Ex who were not in membership during this time but who officially rejoined APN as of January 2014. This is the reason 2013′s overall figure is in-line with 2012′s, suggesting had Pall-Ex been on board 2013 would have been a new record in regards total pallets delivered.


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