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Lumber Heat Treating

 

 

 

 

HEAT TREATING WOOD SHIPPING MATERIALS

WE ARE ISPM 15 CERTIFIED

International regulations require wood packing materials for overseas shipments be certified free of bark, insect holes, living insects, and nematodes. Wood shipping materials not marked ISPM 15 compliant will be delayed, refused, or destroyed.

 

To meet the current requirements for shipping to other countries, we are certified to treat your wood packing materials for ISPM 15 export compliance ensuring your shipments will be internationally accepted. Give us a call for pricing information and scheduling. 800-292-5937

 

Our chamber measures 32' wide x 16' deep x 21' high.
Give us a call at 800-292-5937 to discuss your needs.

 

A probe monitors the chamber every 10 minutes during processing, ensuring that the temperature remains above 133 degrees for at least 30 minutes. Customers receive a copy of the report that pertains to their heat treated order.

Once heat treated, your shipping materials are marked with our ISPM 15 stamp.
 

 

WHAT SIZE SHIPPING MATERIAL CAN WE HANDLE?

Our chamber measures 32' wide x 16' deep x 21' high. Give us a call at 800-292-5937 to discuss your needs.

 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HEAT TREAT SHIPPING MATERIALS?

We typically have a 1 day turn-around. Contact us at 800-292-5937 to make arrangements for your shipping materials.

 

WHAT IS ISPM 15?

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), an international treaty relating to plant health, passed a measure in March 2002, requiring that all solid wood packaging material (including both hardwoods and softwoods) be heat treated or chemically treated before they can be used to export products to other countries. The acronym stands for International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures publication 15.

 

WHY DO WE NEED TO MEET ISPM 15 REQUIREMENTS?

The United States along with the other member countries (which includes most major U.S. trading partners), have adopted ISPM 15 as their international standard. This regulation eliminates the presence of pests found in wood, particularly the Pinewood Nematode and the Asian Long-Horned Beetle, which protects crops and forest in other parts of the world. If shipments are sent to one of these countries and are not marked ISPM 15 compliant, they will be delayed, refused, or destroyed.

 

As with many countries around the world, the U.S. unfortunately has had numerous cases of invasive pests introduced into the country over the years, such as the Asian Longhorned Beetle, Emerald Ash Borer, and the Dutch Elm Disease.  Most all can be traced back to shipments received where the non-heat treated solid wood packaging materials contained these forest destructive pests.

 

WHICH IS BETTER, HEAT TREATMENT OR CHEMICAL BATH?

The U.S. EPA is strongly advocating that the chemical methyl bromide, a toxic gas, be phased out of use due to its toxicity and its alleged effects of contributing to the Ozone level depletion problem. We use the heat treatment method as we find it is safe and effective and has no legal implications.

 

HOW ARE WOOD PACKING MATERIALS HEAT TREATED?

Our kilns can handle crates, pallets -- just about any shape of wood shipping container -- heat treating them at a core temperature of 133 degrees fahrenheit for a minimum of 30 minutes, ensuring your shipping materials are in full compliance with ISPM 15 regulating standards for overseas shipments.

 

The method we use to do this is with high humidity heat (steam) rather than dry heat. When using dry heat, moisture is pulled out of the wood, causing the wood to shrink, and in doing so, compromises the structure of the wood container or pallet. In addition, when using dry heat, the water being released by the wood as it dries helps to cool the wood, causing the process to take much longer. So to maintain the integrity of your shipping materials, and keep costs down through a shorter treatment process, we use steam heat.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION…

To stay abreast of the heat-treating issues please refer to the following websites: www.aphis.usda.gov or www.nwpca.com. If you have any questions regarding heat treating, please feel free to call us at 800-292-5937.

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