Heat Treating for Export Shipment

  • Goeman's Wood Products, Inc. has a state-of-the-art heat treating chamber on-site that will meet all of your export requirements while accelerating production of your order.
  • For any pallets, crating or industrial lumber being shipped overseas, your cargo will be ISPM 15 compliant with the IPPC (International Plant Protection Convention) stamp requirement.
  • Kiln-dried lumber (KD-HT) is dried usually at the mill to reduce the moisture content. This process takes considerably longer and is done at much higher temperatures vs. heat treating. KD-HT lumber will meet all ISPM requirements for HT. Most mills stamp their lumber grade which includes the KD-HT mark. Lower grade lumber may not have a grade stamp but should be stamped with the agency, mill # and HT noted. All pallet manufacturers are required to comply with all regulations for export.

The IPPC (International Plant Protection Convention) is an international treaty to secure action to prevent the spread and introduction of pests of plants and plant products, and to promote appropriate measures for their control. It is governed by the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) which adopts International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs). The CPM has confirmed the IPP as the preferred forum for national IPPC reporting and the exchange of more general information among the phytosanitary community. The IPPC Secretariat coordinates the activities of the Convention and is provided by the FAO. This compliance is required for all export shipments.

  • ISPM-15 Requirements
    Compliance with ISPM-15 for wood packaging materials allows for 1 of 2 treatment options:

Heat Treatment (HT): Wood packaging and crating material should be heated in a schedule that achieves a minimum core temperature of 56C (133F) for a minimum of 30 minutes. The American Lumber Standards Committee administers the U.S. certification program for heat treatment

Methyl Bromide (MB) Fumigation: The wood packaging material should be fumigated with methyl bromide. NWPCA has been tasked by the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to administer the fumigation program.

Note: ISPM 15 requirements apply to all species of coniferous (softwood) and non-coniferous (hardwood) packaging materials used for pallets, skids, crates, boxes and dunnage (softwood blocking.) Hardwood is no longer exempt. Manufactured wood such as plywood and OSB are exempt but all exempt wood species must still be stamped for IPPC compliance.

For more information on ISPM regulations and requirements click here.

Contact us for more information regarding heat treating for export shipping. Our custom crating and packaging capabilities will meet your needs.

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