ISPM-15 Shipping Crates

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The parcels are usually Crated before being shipped internationally by air or sea freight, during our Packing and Crating Services. The object is fully protected by the wood exterior, while the custom-cut immobilizes it to limit the risk of damage. They may increase the cost of shipping as well, but we feel that’s worth it. We’re the Shipping Company in Chicago that will collect and transport the products in the same packing condition if the goods are already packaged in a wood crate appropriate for export shipping and placed on the pallet. Clients regularly ask us about the efficient packing procedures for wood crating at Custom Crating and Logistics. Therefore, this paper will help comply with the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15. (ISPM 15).


ISPM 15 is an international phytosanitary measure designed by the International Plant Protection Convention to address difficulties relating to the handling of wood with a thickness higher than 6mm is used to transport commodities between nations.

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    Why ISPM-15 Crates & Packaging?

    ISPM 15’s central goal is to prevent disease and insect spread that could harm plants and ecosystems. ISPM 15 applies to all wood packaging materials, including pallets and crates, and requires that they be debarked, heat-treated, fumigated, and stamped or branded with a compliance mark. We at Custom Crating & Logistics take our customer health very seriously and therefore have the ISPM-15 and IPPC stamps in the corners of pallets, wood shipping crates, and wood boxes when parcels or delicate equipment is being delivered. Despite their small size, these stamps are critical in limiting the spread of unwanted and possibly harmful insect species across international boundaries.
    The first International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures was issued in 1993 by the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM), which is the governing body of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) (ISPM). Although 43 different ISPM standards control everything from international seed transfer to fruit fly irradiation, pallet and wood crate manufacturers focus on ISPM-15. It regulates the use of wood packing in shipments and we specialize in providing them to companies in Chicago.
    ISPM-15, first published in 2002 and updated in 2006, 2009, and 2018, provides particular standards and regulations that must be followed when transporting wood packing over international borders, such as pallets, crates, dunnage, and spools. The standard’s purpose is to minimize the spread of wood pests into non-native ecosystems, reducing harm and extinction of native plant species. Do you recall the Asian longhorned beetle or the emerald ash borer from your childhood? Untreated wood packing material has brought harmful bugs into the United States.

    Why Use ISPM-15 & IPPC-15 Standards

    The International Plant Protection Convention created the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM-15) (IPPC). The IPPC is a multinational pact signed in 1951. The convention established the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures to supervise the treaty’s implementation.

    The commission’s aims are as follows:

    • Defend farmers from financially crippling pest and disease outbreaks.
    • Protect the environment against the extinction of species.
    • Protect ecosystems from pest infestations that threaten their survival and function.
    • Protect businesses and consumers against pest control and eradication expenditures.
    • Facilitate commerce by establishing worldwide standards for the safe transport of plants and plant products.
    • Prevent the admission and spread of novel plant pests into a country to protect livelihoods and food security.

    Types of Wood Does ISPM-15 Cover

    Except for very thin (>14″) timber, wine barrels, sawdust, and any wood products “permanently” affixed to vehicles or freight containers, the ISPM-15 standard includes any wood originating from live or dead trees. Engineered wood goods, such as OSB, plywood, particleboard, veneer, or any state of wood created with glue, heat, or pressure, are likewise excluded.

    Methods of treating Lumber: 

    • heat 
    • fumigation

    Heat or fumigation are the two most common ways for preparing timber for ISPM-15 certification. Heating the Timber may be accomplished in several methods, ranging from kiln drying to dielectric heating, essentially the same as microwaving the wood. Depending on the heating method employed, the internal temperature of the wood must achieve a predetermined level for a predetermined period.

    Insecticides, such as methyl bromide or sulfuryl fluoride, are pumped into a sealed gas chamber for around 24 hours during the fumigation procedure. It’s worth noting that the Environmental Protection Agency has labeled methyl bromide an ozone-depleting substance. Sulfuryl fluoride, the other common chemical used to treat wood, is harmful to people and a greenhouse gas at high doses. Most commercial operations utilize heat treatment. Although, fumigation is used on a smaller scale to treat pallets and boxes seized by customs authorities due to insufficient documentation and ISPM-15 markings.

    The pallet manufacturer or wood box builder must painstakingly document the number of treated (heat-treated or fumigated) board feet they acquire and sell to get and keep an official ISPM-15 stamp (the physical stamp). Their hired inspection firm audits these documents every month. The organization, whose emblem appears on the ISPM-15 stamp, is regularly audited and reports to the American Lumber Standards Committee (ALSC) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

    At Custom Crating and Logistic, the size and shape of wooden shipping crates get adjusted. It is done so to match the demands of each customer. We can make shipping solutions as little as a quarter and as large as a semi-trailer. We work with clients in a variety of sectors, including:

    • Military/Defense
    • Electronic Components
    • Lumber 
    • Nuclear 
    • Aerospace
    • Energy

    Exportation without ISPM-15 Approved Wood Packaging

    “You don’t want to find out,” we tell most of our consumers. Exporting untreated Lumber is not only ecologically irresponsible, but it can also result in severe fines, freight confiscation, and destruction, or returned shipments at your expense.
    Dunnage or other boards used for blocking and bracing that is not part of a box can be delivered if they have the DUN stamp on them. Custom Crating and Logistics may also provide timber with a dunnage stamp for your convenience.

    You can reuse ISPM-15 certified Crates as long as the container or pallet hasn’t been tampered with in any manner. If the box or pallet “has not been repaired, remanufactured, or otherwise altered,” according to the ISPM-15 rule, it can be reused without reapplying the stamp for the duration of the product’s life. If more than one-third of the wood box or pallet has to be replaced, it will be recertified and restamped.

    You may reuse certified wood packaging till you don’t remove any components. You’d have to retreat if it needed to be repaired. A qualified fumigator must do this task. You may, however, add to already certified wood packaging as long as the present composition of the container is not changed and the extra material is also certified and heat-treated. Make a frame out of HT wood and place it on top of the certified pallet with the IPPC stamp just on the box.

    Custom Crating and Logistics is a top expert in packing and Crating things for export from the United States to other countries. Our site has a thorough understanding of ISPM 15 wood crating, is subjected to monthly inspections, and is obliged to keep track of all incoming and exiting wood kinds.

    When packing and Crating foreign goods, there are several aspects to consider. To the possibility of insect infestation, foreign nations mandate heat treatment of all hardwood crates shipped from the United States. These wooden shipping boxes must have an approved stamp known as the “bug stamp” or ISPM 15 mark. It certifies that the container complies with international shipping regulations.

    Custom Crating and Logistics have received ISPM-15 certification and are suitable for export. We are proud to contribute to environmental protection and ensure that all of your shipments arrive at their ultimate destinations securely and without being held up at the border. Our ISPM-15 stamps are on the pallets of every Crate we sell. If a customs and border agent opens an ocean container and your Crate is in the back (by the entrance), the ISPM-15 emblem will be visible regardless of which direction the Crate is turned.

    Contact us! If you have any more questions regarding ISPM-15 certificates or how we can assist you in securely exporting and importing your wood boxes in the world, whether you need to transport one of our tiny crates or one of our large crates.

    Symbols on ISPM-15

    The wheat stalk and the initials “IPPC,” which stand for International Plant Protection Convention, are the most identifiable symbols on the stamp. A two-letter country code and a unique producer ID will be printed on each stamp. Our mark reads US-169251, indicating that our ISPM-15 Certified Crates were manufactured in the United States, precisely at our facility. The label will also display the logo of the producer’s hired inspection agency, in this case, Timber Products Inspection. A treatment code will also be included on the stamp, indicating how the Timber was treated.

    The following table lists the various codes:

    • HT  Heat Treatment 
    • DH  Dielectric Heating 
    • MB  Methyl Bromide 
    • SF  Sulphuryl fluoride 
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