What Are ISPM 15 Crates? ISPM 15 wooden crates are crates that meet the criteria of the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) and are fully compliant with the regulation standards. The standards were put into place to prevent the transmission of plant based diseases and pests via packaging materials sent from country to country.
The introduction of a foreign plant disease or pest into a new environment can cause harm to native plant life and other species. Accordingly, the ISPM 15 is an important form of environmental protection that also ensures packages can be efficiently received and processed upon reaching a new country.
Once materials are heat-treated according to the standard set by the National Plant Protection Organization of the United States and the United States Department of Agriculture, they receive a stamp that shows they are fully compliant with the regulations.
Are There Different Types of ISPM 15 Heat Treatment?
While there are several internationally accepted methods of heat treating packaging materials, the following are most common:
Heat Treatment: Heat treatment requires a crate’s core temperature to reach 56 degrees Celsius via heat exposure for at least 30 minutes. Different methods of heat treating can be used. The standard method involves exposing materials to a steady supply of heat within a chamber. Chambers can be mobile, with some portable versions made from thermal cloth for added convenience. There’s also kiln-dried heat treatment, which has an additional moisture standard along with a required core temperature.
Methyl Bromide: Another common method involves exposing the wood crate to a pesticide called methyl bromide, which kills a variety of diseases and insects. The crate can be placed within a container, which is flooded with pesticide and left to sit for 24 hours before being aerated. Tent fumigation is another option, which also carries a 24-hout quarantine period.
ISPM 15 Wood Crating Options
Some of the common ISPM 15 certified wood crating options customers at our metro Detroit area Michigan export crating and industrial packaging company include:
Custom Wood Crating
Your crating and ISPM wood packaging needs will differ greatly from your competitors. Custom crating ensures that size, dimension, and weight variations are all addressed efficiently. For extremely heavy crates, we can also implement important safety features. For instance, a hinged lid provides access to the contents of the crate without it needing to be lifted. Crates are also reusable, which saves you money on packing materials.
Military Grade Crating
Military standards for packaging materials are pretty strict, so compliance is a must. We’re capable of meeting a wide range of military specs, including NAICS 488991, ASTM, MIL-STD-2073-1, PPP-B-636, and many others.
Aerospace components must be handled with care to ensure they arrive at their destination in one piece. Our company is International Traffic in Arms Regulations-registered and capable of handling custom requests. Our meticulous process greatly reduces risks when shipping and preserves your working relationship with clients and associates.
Automotive components can be extremely heavy, as well as being oddly sized. We understand these challenges and use our expansive expertise to develop custom packaging to suit your needs. We can ship engines, tires, axles, hydraulic pumps, equipment for CNC machines, and more. In addition to automotive packaging and crating we also specialize in aftermarket packaging and service parts packaging.
What Are the ISPM 15 Requirements?
All packing materials made from wood that are thicker than six millimeters must be treated before export. Heat treatment is the preferred option, and as mentioned above all crates, dunnage, pallets, and other wood materials used for packaging must be exposed to high heat for at least 30 minutes, so that the internal core temperature of the wood reaches 56 degrees.
After treatment, crating must be marked or branded accordingly. In addition to establishing compliance of a specific package, the mark or brand also communicates where the packaging has originated from. This allows customs personnel in the country of destination to quickly determine whether a package is compliant.
ISPM Wood Packaging
With extensive experience in ISPM wood packaging, crates, and pallets, our Michigan based crating company is eager to help. Contact us today with any questions you may have regarding custom export wooden crating.