Specializing in ISPM 15 pallets, custom pallets, and export packaging, our Michigan packaging company has more than seven decades of experience. We are known in the industry not only for our in depth knowledge of international standards and the transport and storage of custom wood packaging, but also for pioneering the way by the application of innovative equipment and techniques.
ISPM 15 stands for International Standards For Phytosanitary Measures No. 15. This standard was developed to address concerns about transporting wood materials internationally, specifically concerns regarding the spread of disease or insects from one country to another.
Introducing a foreign species to a new ecosystem can have a range of negative effects. When you consider how many wood pallets and boxes are shipped on a daily basis, the risk of ecosystem disruption is obviously very significant.
When internationally-shipped wood pallets are thicker than 6 millimeters, they must be debarked and either fumigated with a nonflammable gas called bromomethane or heat treated to kill possible pests and diseases. Once treatment has occurred, the pallet is then stamped with a seal of compliance. This seal is often referred to as a wheat stamp, and it will list what type of sanitizing method was used on wood.
When dealing with export packaging, all wood packaging materials, including pallets, bracing, crates, etc., must adhere to ISPM 15 requirements. Exemptions include items made from plywood, paper, and metal, as well as items being shipped within a country.
If heat treatment is use on wood pallets, it must reach 133˚F and sustain that temperature for at least 30 minutes. When bromomethane is used for fumigation, there are two common options.
The pallet can be placed within a container, which will then be filled with gas. The gas will be left to fumigate the wood for a 24-hour period, at which point the container is ventilated. Tent fumigation is another option, in which the wood is placed with a sealed tent filled with bromomethane gas and left for 24 hours.
Pallets are either heat treated or fumigated, but not both. Heat treatment is often the preferred method of sanitizing pallets, since it’s associated with no ill-effects to the environment or the health of those coming in contact with gas. The use of gas to fumigate pallets has raised concerns about toxicity. As a result, this process is banned within the United Kingdom.
Heat treatment can be performed using a variety of methods. Pallets can be placed in a chamber or kiln and subject to a steady flow of heat. Heating chambers can also be installed in trucks, which allows mobile heat treatment. Other types of portable chambers are made from thermal plastic, which allow for greater mobility than even heating chambers within trucks.
When you have questions about custom ISPM 15 pallet creation, we’re more than happy to provide answers. This is just one of many services we provide, as we also offer warehousing, kitting, assembly, help with distribution, custom crating, design, and more. We offer a wide range of services because we’re proud to serve as a one-stop-shop when it comes to our clients’ logistics and packaging needs.
When transporting goods and products across international borders, you must remain compliant with certain codes and regulations. You must also rest assured that your pallets are rugged and dependable. To ensure optimum performance and function, creation of custom pallets is a must. Here at Export Corporation, we put our all into everything we do. This includes custom creation of ISPM 15 pallets for a variety of applications.
With more than seven decades of experience in Michigan, serving Detroit, Ann Arbor, Novi, Farmington Hills, Oakland County, Macomb County, Clinton Township and more, our clients can rely on our knowledge and expertise when it comes to custom pallets.
From there, our skilled construction team will set about assembling your pallets in bulk to the exact specifications. That way there are no surprises when it comes to the finished product. We’ve put together this guide to go over the most important factors in custom pallet creation.