The NWPCA Resource Center provides supportive research and expertise on the advantages of wood packaging in one-place. This section is intended for members, government decision-makers, end-users, universities and consumers to utilize information on wood pallet design and packaging, and unit-load solutions.
Please search below for news articles, industry solutions, wood packaging standards and regulations, or search our entire site with a couple key words to help you locate the information you need.
Business & Industry Topics
Wood container and pallet manufacturing statistics are accessible from the U.S. Census Bureau. Industry Snapshot reports identify value of shipments, payrolls, population per establishment, etc, in the United States or by state. Enter NAISC Code: 321920 at the U.S. Dataweb website here.
Producer Price Indexes (PPI) from the U.S. Department of Labor. Enter NAISC Code 32190 in the search bar to retrieve data specific to wood container and pallet manufacturing industry. Access PPI - Bureau of Labor Statistics here.
General Business & Industry Topics
Congressional Research Service Background on Softwood Lumber Agreement
FDA’s Sanitary Transportation Final Rule: FAQs for Pallets
Loss Control Guide: Preplan, Guidelines and Safety Checklists
ICC Fire Code Council Issue Brief, Code Proposals
Wood Pallet and Pharmaceutical Industries Working Together
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
"Entering the Promised Land:" January-February 2015
Mold and Pallets, Updates & Newsarticles
OSHA Articles & Archives
Hardwood Lumber Supply
ISPM-15 & Export Information
Keeping the Holiday Spirit & Your Employees Productive
Top 7 ROIs on Effective Employee Communications
Standards & Specifications
The purpose of the NWPCA Uniform Standards is to establish recognized minimum quality requirements for the principal types of wood packaging and to provide a basis for common understanding among manufacturers, repairers, distributors, and users of wood pallets and containers.
New ANSI MH1 Standard Available
The new 2016 version of the MH1 Standard, Pallet, Slip Sheets, & Other Bases for Unit Loads, is now available as a free download. NWPCA members and staff collaborated with representatives from academia, government, and the distribution packaging industry to review and update the existing 2005 version of the standard. Part 3 of the MH1 Standard is an adapted version of the NWPCA Uniform Standard for Wood Pallets. During consultation with customers, it may be useful to reference the MH1 Standard rather than the Uniform Standard because the MH1 Standard is accredited by ANSI, the American National Standards Institute. Click here to download the standard.
Below are additional standards:
- Uniform Standard for Wood Pallets
- Uniform Standard for Wood Containers
- Costco Pallet Policy
- Costco-Block Pallet Specification
- Costco-Purpose Built Custom Pallet Specification
- Industry Standards (NWPCA Members only)
This section includes access to company specific or industry specific standards and specifications including Walmart, Whole Foods, Lowe's, The Home Depot, Canadian Pallet Council (CPC), electronic industry/EIPS, EPAL (EUR pallets and collars), ANSI, APME, ASTM, CP, PRS, Military, etc.