We are delighted to announce that Mark Sheeran MD of the CJS Group has been…
Welcome to Issue No. 6 of our Newsletter, keeping you up-to-date with what’s happening in the industry.
Brexit looms large. Hopefully a No Deal Brexit will be off the table before the now extended date of April 12th but if it’s not, make sure that you are ready for the enforcement of ISPM15 rules for importing/exporting pallets to and from the UK.
CJS celebrated 25 Years in Business on March 14th across all of our manufacturing facilities – check out our celebrations below.
To celebrate #NationalTreeWeek which runs from March 31st to April 6th this year, CJS are gifting 250 Baby Native Oak Trees to our employees, neighbours and customers which we hope will be planted the length and breadth of the country.
As always, if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org – we would love to hear from you.
MD, CJ Sheeran Limited
This edition’s features:
- DAFM issues new Trader Notice on Brexit Implications for Pallets
- CJS Celebrate 25 Years in Business
- Our New Corali Pallet Manufacturing Line
- CJS gift 250 Baby Native Oak Trees
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DAFM issues new Trader Notice on Brexit Implications for Pallets
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) issued a second Traders Notice (FH2/2019) on March 7th in relation to preparations for a No Deal Brexit scenario. There are 2 key elements to their notice.
Firstly, if there is a No Deal Brexit on the now extended date of April 12th, all Wooden Packaging Material (WPM) such as pallets, crates, boxes, dunnage etc. going into and out of the UK including Northern Ireland will need to comply with ISPM15. This is confirmed by DEFRA and the EU within the attachments. In their guidance DEFRA state that “Checks on WPM will continue to be carried out in the UK on a risk-targeted basis only. The plant health risk from WPM imported from the EU is not expected to change as a result of an EU exit”.
Interestingly the EU do not make a similar statement in relation to risk-targeted checks but instead reinforce within their notice that “As of the withdrawal date, the introduction of plants, plant products and other objects from the United Kingdom into the EU-27 will be governed by this Directive [Article 5 of Directive 2000/29/EC]. This is in particular relevant for the introduction into the EU of wood packaging material: such wood packaging, whether or not actually in use for the transport of objects of all kinds, has to be compliant with a treatment and mark as specified in the FAO International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM15)”. Lets face it: the risk to plant health should be no greater on April 13th. But the law is the law. There will be no implementation period and this rule will take effect from exit day.
Secondly, DAFM advise any importers or exporters of regulated forestry plants, wood or wood products including roundwood, sawnwood and pallets imported or exported as a commodity eg. a truck load of empty pallets, to register on DAFM’s CCS and/or SSO Systems for Import and Export Plant Health purposes. Contact us to discuss your exposure to this scenario. CJS has the largest ISPM15 heat-treatment capacity in Ireland and the UK.
NOTE: ISPM15 is a global rule designed to stop the spread of invasive insects such as bark beetles. Timber packaging needs to be heat-treated to eradicate such pests and marked with a special mark. Currently pallets moving within the EU do not have to be heat-treated as the EU enjoys single country status. However, if there is a Hard Brexit, the UK will become a ‘third country’ and this ISPM15 rule will come into effect immediately.
CJS Celebrates 25 Years in Business
March 14th marked the 25th Year of Incorporation for CJ Sheeran Limited and what better way to celebrate than with cake. Celebrations were held across all of our depots with all of our employees joining in for cake. “Our successful growth is testament to the hard work, loyalty and dedication of our phenomenal team, some of whom have been with us from the very start. We are building a world class business that makes pallets that carry globally recognised products all over the world”, says Mark Sheeran, Managing Director of CJS. “We are building a business and creating secure and local employment for our future generations. Here’s to the next 25 years”. Our celebrations continued throughout the day within the town of Mountrath with local businesses coming on board to give out 25 gifts to customers on our behalf. From coffee to chips to buns to flowers…check out our Photo Gallery below and visit our Facebook Page for further details.
Our New Corali Pallet Manufacturing Line
We are delighted to announce that we have just commissioned our brand new Corali Pallet Production Line at our HQ on Shannon Street, Mountrath, Co. Laois. Capable to producing 8 pallets per minute, we now have a combined production capacity of 2.5 million pallets per annum on single shift. Our machine boasts leading edge technology and precision manufacture. “The versatility of the machine allows us to auto-produce a broad range of pallet sizes and styles to cater for our customers’ many requirements. Changeovers are now very fast so machine downtime is reduced and this also enables us to cater for any last minute orders that our customers may have”, says Peter Rice, Operations Manager and Lead Buyer at CJS.
“We have just created 8 new jobs within the new pallet production process from machine operators to forklift drivers to stores and kiln personnel and we have also added to our logistics and admin teams”, adds Ashleigh Doyle, Compliance Director at CJS. “We have invested heavily in our infrastructure and resources and are continually expanding”.
CJS are Ireland’s largest pallet manufacturer, providing a premium quality, sustainable and accredited packaging solution to Ireland and the UK’s diverse network of pallet users in the Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, Technological, Engineering and General Manufacturing Sectors. We are the only pallet manufacturing company in Ireland to hold all 3 core ISO Certifications (ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS18001) as well as FSC® and Sedex SMETA 4 Pillar Conformity.
National Tree Week 2019
To celebrate National Tree Week 2019 which runs from March 31st to April 6th, CJ Sheeran are gifting 250 Baby Native Oak Trees to our employees, our neighbours and our customers which we hope will be planted the length and breadth of the country. As Ireland’s only FSC Certified pallet manufacturer we are very aware of the need to not only ensure sustainable forestry but to also ensure the restoration our native broadleaves. They say the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago but the second best time is now. #NationalTreeWeek
We hope you have enjoyed the 6th edition of our Newsletter; watch out for our next edition coming soon!
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