Why your timber transport packaging needs to be ISPM 15 compliant

When you think of timber packaging, you might not initially consider the process it has gone through to reach you. But to protect the environment, timber transport products must now go through a stringent procedure to ensure they don’t carry bugs and disease that will put our ecosystems at risk.

Making sure your wooden packaging meets the international ISPM 15 standards has never been of greater importance, and in places like the US, the guidelines are getting stricter, with penalties enforced for those who do not comply.[1] The purpose of the legislation is to reduce the risk of introducing and spreading tree pests through the transport of packaging material made from unprocessed wood.

Pests like wood boring longhorn beetles, bark beetles and pine wood nematode are readily transported and can spread quickly through infested wood packaging material. In conjunction with disease, this poses a risk to the wider environment and ecosystems.

How does the wooden packaging become compliant?

To become compliant, the timber pallets, cases and crates are treated with a process that heats the wood up to a core temperature of 56 degrees centigrade for a minimum period of 30 minutes. This kills any potential diseases or bugs that may be lurking in the wood and helps protect the environment.

How do I know if my wooden packaging is ISPM 15 compliant?

Products that are ISPM 15 compliant have a distinctive mark on them:

At Nicklin, we were the first manufacturer of timber transit packaging in Europe to be registered under the UK Wood Material Marking Programme and provide a comprehensive range of ISPM 15 compliant wooden pallets, timber crates and timber cases. We also have our own on-site kiln which gives us total control of the timber treatment process.

If you’re searching for ISPM 15 compliant timber transport packaging, visit our website or call us today on: 0121 359 8101.

[1] http://www.heavyliftpfi.com/news/us-clamps-down-on-wooden-packaging.html