The Department of Homeland Security has designated pallets as a critical infrastructure. Pallet companies and their necessary operations are to remain open and productive.
We play an important part in the flow of goods and services to consumers through our supply of pallets. Our role is now more important than ever before with the continuing supply chain disruptions as COVID-19 continues to spread within the United States. The Department of Homeland Security has deemed pallets a “critical infrastructure” to ensure that vital food and medical supply chains remain undisturbed.
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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is a part of the Department of Homeland Security. The agency released a memorandum on March 19, 2020. This document included a statement from the President saying that “If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.”
Pallet suppliers are included in this critical infrastructure designation, as can be seen under the “Transportation and Logistics” section of the memorandum:
Manufacturers and distributors (to include service centers and related operations) of packaging materials, pallets, crates, containers, and other supplies needed to support manufacturing, packaging staging and distribution operations
Pallet Consultants meets the requirements for continuing operations and federal, state or local shutdown orders do not apply to our operations. We will be operating at increased production and logistic capacities to help ensure the flow of crucial groceries and medical supplies to those around the country. All our facilities are open and we’re taking special precautions to ensure the health of our teams and our partners. Our efforts will be focused on supporting the manufacturers and distributors working to keep medical professionals adequately supplied and grocery stores stocked along with other vital functions.