Why use heat-treated wooden pallets?
Heat-treated pallets comply with standards
ISPM 15 Certified Heat Treating – March 2002, the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), an international treaty relating to plant health, passed a measure requiring that all solid wood packaging (including both hardwoods and softwoods) be heat-treated or fumigated before they can be imported into any of the member countries that are part of the convention. That changed everything in the pallet business.
ISPM 15 Treatment Requirements
A-1 Pallets, Inc. is ISPM 15 Certified.
The IPPC edict, known as ISPM 15, gives wood packaging manufacturers the option of heat treatment, requiring that the wood core temperature reaches a minimum of 56 degrees Centigrade (132.8 F), for 30 minutes, or that the wood be fumigated to a prescribed specification with methyl bromide. All ISPM 15 compliant wood is then stamped with an approved mark signifying that is meets the ISPM 15 standards.
Why heat-treated pallets?
Heat-treatment is the only safe method for two reasons. First, the U.S. EPA is strongly advocating that the chemical methyl bromide be phased out of use due to its toxicity and its alleged effects of contributing to the Ozone level depletion problem.
Secondly, we believe that the use of this chemical creates the potential for legal liability both for you, the shipper, and us, the manufacturer, as well as creating intolerable health risks for our employees and all humans who come in contact during the loading, shipping, and unloading operations. Heat treatment is safe and effective and has no legal implications.
A-1 Pallets heat-treated pallets are the only logical choice for any company involved in international shipping of palletized goods. All of our pallets bear the ISPM 15 approved mark which means that your shipments will not be delayed at international ports due to ISPM 15 concerns. Click here to learn more.