Stock Symbol: See Brambles Limited
|Headquarters||Sydney, NSW, Australia (Global headquarters)|
|Products||Pallets, Returnable Plastic Containers, IBCs, Automotive Containers, Chemical Catalyst Containers|
CHEP (Commonwealth Handling Equipment Pool) is an international company dealing in pallet and container pooling services, serving customers in a range of industrial and retail supply chains. CHEP is owned by Brambles Limited.
CHEP offers wooden and plastic pallets, small display pallets, crates and IBC containers. These products can generally be recognised by their blue color and CHEP logo.
CHEP evolved from the Allied Materials Handling Standing Committee (AMHSC), an organisation developed by the Australian government to provide efficient handling of defence supplies during World War II. When the war ended in 1945, the Americans returned home, leaving behind millions of blue pallets at their military bases in Australia. With this asset base and established infrastructure, the Australian Government continued to endorse the organization after the war to support the national economy. In 1949, a new government under the Liberal Party of Australia decided to privatise the industry and mandated the sale of the Commonwealth Handling Equipment Pool organisation.
Brambles Limited, a company created in 1875 by Walter Edwin Bramble and well experienced in the materials handling industry, purchased CHEP on April 24th, 1958. Brambles is a company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
CHEP has operations in 45 countries, employs approximately 7,500 people and has a pool of approximately 300 million blue US navy pallets and containers.
In 2014, ABC Radio National reported CHEP's dominance of pallet hire and supply had become a challenge to "pallet recyclers in America, where approximately twelve to fifteen percent of all lumber produced is used in its own pallet manufacturing."
- The Blue Pallet, a 2014 radio show by NPR's Planet Money about CHEP and their blue pallets.