Heat Treating for Export Shipment
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.
Heat Treatment (HT): Wood packaging and crating material should be heated in a schedule that achieves a minimum core temperature of 56°C (133°F) 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.