Here at Alpha Pallets we support the latest heat treating standards. We produce heat treated/fumigated pallets which can be stamp or spray marked to the customer request.
Timber pallets for the international transportation of goods are required to adhere to rigorous control measures, in a bid to help protect forests across the globe from the spread of pests and disease.
ISPM15 (International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures) is an initiative which deals with the need for a standardised system for treating all solid wood packaging - not just pallets - and for recognising treated material. Heat treatment involves heating the wood to a core temperature of 56 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes, to kill any living organisms.
ISPM15 certified pallets bear an accredited mark to show that they are in compliance with the regulations and have been heat treated in the correct way. Many countries have adopted ISPM15. Non compliance can result in shipments being rejected and returned, quarantined or possibly even destroyed.
The main benefit of ISPM15 Heat Treatment is that it kills many pests and diseases and eliminates the possibility of potentially damaging organisms being transferred all over the world. It is an extremely important measure as the effect of diseases or pests outside of their natural habitat could be devastating to the timber industry.
From a business perspective, it also means that shipments can move with ease on their journey as it is an internationally agreed upon and recognised symbol, meaning less checks are needed, resulting in less time and money lost due to delays. This is because the accredited stamp, along with the certificate associated with the treatment, acts as a passport for the timber pallets, preventing a lot of frustration in the process.