Navigating International Shipping & ISPM-15

When it is time for you to ship internationally, it’s important for you to partner with an experienced provider to help you navigate the documentation and regulations like ISPM-15.

What does ISPM-15 stand for?
It stands for International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures Number 15.  It is a set of standards that were developed by the International Plant Protection Commission (IPPC) to prevent the international transport and spread of insects or diseases that could harm plants or ecosystems. It applies to the treatment of wood materials greater than 6mm, and it states a set of criteria that must be met when using any wood as packaging such as a crate, pallet, or dunnage.  Products like cardboard, plywood, and plastic are exempt from ISPM-15.

How do I ensure my international shipment is ISPM-15 compliant and does not get held up in customs?
The simplest answer is to partner with an experienced and trusted international packaging and shipping partner like Crate Pros, who is approved by an accredited IPPC inspecting agency. By successfully completing at least 12 random inspections of our facility, processes, and documentation, we are authorized to stamp our export crates with a ISPM-15 stamp that can be traced back to our facility from anywhere in the world.

What are the acceptable ISPM-15 treatments for wood packaging material?
1) The wood must be heat treated to the core for 30 minutes at 56 degrees Celsius OR
2) The wood must be fumigated with Methyl Bromide
In addition, all wood used for wood packaging materials needs to be debarked before being fumigated or heat treated.

Do the ISPM-15 regulations apply to all countries?
Crate Pros adheres to ISPM-15 regulations on any international export shipment.  For a list of detailed requirements by country, you can click here to access the USDA’s website.

Should you have any questions about your next international shipment, please feel free to contact us.  We look forward to the opportunity to work with you and your team!

Tim
tim.slicker@cratepros.net

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