ISPM15 Compliance *Wood Certification for Shipping*
Posted: January 15, 2015
Upon receiving a quote for a shipment, clients will notice how we include the following statement upon issuing the quote:
“SHIPPER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR WOOD PALLET CERTIFICATION”
What this means is that shippers must be sure that the wooden pallet the cargo is prepared on, or that the wooden crate the cargo is prepared in complies with ISPM15 regulations.
ISPM15 is short for “International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures Rule 15”. This rule was put into place to end the spread of pests associated with timber packing materials.
In order for demonstration that the pallets, crates, or any other wood used in the shipment are in compliance, they must have a seal or stamp certifying that they have received the necessary heat treatment / fumigation. These seals and stamps are similar to the ones pictured above.
The treatment for any wood packaging for export requires heat treating or fumigation with methyl bromide.
We ask to make sure that all cargo where wood packaging is included is in compliance with ISPM15. Many countries will not allow cargo to enter its territories when compliance is not met. Customers risk the chance of having the cargo re-exported back to its destination and is subject to additional, unnecessary fees.
For all international shipping requests or for any questions regarding ISPM15 compliance, please contact us at your convenience.