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What is heat treated wooden pallets?

Heat treating the wooden pallets for export purposes is one of the necessary steps for ensuring the safety of not only the product being shipped, but also the environment of the product’s destination.

For shipping of goods internationally, you need to be assured that your wooden pallets will not be unnecessarily held up at Customs or quarantine control centre at the export destination.

During this process, the wooden pallets being treated are heated to a core temperature of 56 to 60 degrees Celcius (132 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit) for a minimum of 30 minutes. This ensures that all insects and larva will be killed off, after which the pallet can be used and reused to ship goods internationally.

What is ISPM 15 Wooden Pallets?

International Standards For Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM 15) is an International Phytosanitary Measures developed by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) that directly addresses the need to treat wood materials of a thickness greater than 6mm that are used to ship products between countries.

ISPM 15 is a standard of treatment for wooden pallets and material to ensure that any pests harbouring inside the wood have been destroyed, making the compliant pallet safe to travels across the world. Currently, the approved method of treatment is using heat treatment.

Heat Treatment

The most common way to comply with ISPM 15 standards is using the heat treatment method. The treatment code on the pallet will be marked 'HT'.

Wooden pallets can be treated using any of the following approved heat treatment methods: steam, kiln drying and microwave or radio frequency heating.

Minimum temperatures must reach 56-60 degrees Celsius (132 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit)to be sufficient in destroying potential pests inside the wood.

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