Heat Treatment

Ensure Compliance with Certified Heat Treating

International Regulation – ISPM 15

Due to international regulations, heat treatment is an increasing concern for companies shipping products using wood pallets. The international export standard, ISPM 15, requires that all wood packaging material be heat-treated at a core temperature of 56 degrees Celsius for a minimum of 30 minutes or that it is fumigated to a prescribed specification with methyl bromide. This regulation eliminates the presence of pests found in wood thereby protecting crops and forests in other parts of the world.

Certification is Necessary for Compliance

Our IPPC certification allows us to stamp all heat-treated pallets in compliance with ISPM 15.

Heat Treatment

Why Choose Heat-Treated Over Chemically-Treated Pallets

Heat treatment is the safest method to comply with ISPM 15. The other method to treat wood products from pests is fumigation with the chemical methyl bromide. Here in the United States, the EPA is strongly advocating that the chemical methyl bromide be phased out due to its toxicity. In addition, scientific assessments indicate that methyl bromide contributes significantly to the destruction of earth's stratospheric ozone layer. Because of the risks involved with this chemical process we find heat treatment of pallets to be a much safer alternative.

Please contact us to learn more about heat treatment options.