Heat Teated Pallets
The International Standard for Phytosanitary Measure No. 15 (ISPM 15) is an internationally recognized phytosanitary measure developed by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) that defines the requirements to heat treat wood materials of a thickness greater than 6mm. The rationale behind the heat treating of wood is to prevent the spread of disease and insects between international countries which could negatively affect plants or ecosystems. All heat treated pallets for sale are stamped with a mark of compliance known as the wheat stamp.
Mid Cork Pallets & Packaging production facility boasts extensive heat treating and kiln drying capabilities to ISPM 15 (International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures) standard. We have 10 kilns onsite, which allows us to heat treat and kiln dry up to 35,000 pallets per week. All of the critical process control parameters within our kilns are independently calibrated on a regular basis to ensure effective heat treatment of our pallets. Our process is regularly audited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) for compliance with the requirements of the ISPM 15 standard.
How did Brexit affect the need for heat treated pallets?
From the 1st January 2021, only ISPM 15 heat treated pallets can be used to move goods from Great Britain (GB) to the European Union (EU) and Northern Ireland (NI). This means that many businesses who may not have needed to use heat treated pallets before, do now. Failure to comply can result in shipments being rejected and/or the possibility of fines.
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