Global shipments of products made from all economies include the use of the world's most cost effective, naturally available, sustainable and strongest packaging material - wood.
However, timber in its natural state can contain insects and plant pests, and it has been identified that the introduction of certain insects to countries where they are not indigenous can pose threats to both vegetation and forestry.
As such ISPM15 compliant wood packaging is a mandatory requirement for all export shipments which are travelling outside the EU.
The treatment is heat based Timber packaging or wood is heated to a level whereby its core has a temperature of 56c and this sustained for at least 30 minutes. The treatment can be applied by kilning or industrial microwave.
No, strength of timber and packaging is unaffected - however if timber is wet and certain species are treated and increase in bacterial growth can occur - which frequently leads to mould. This is acceptable within ISPM15 standards.
The company has invested in extremely efficient and large capacity heat treatment facilities, Such as we heat treat wood packaging for the trade as well as for our clients who purchase timber packaging products.
We constantly monitor ISPM15 legislation and are members of the UK, EU and North American timber packaging associations - we therefore have excellent visibility of global trends and can provide a unique insight of any legislative changes or exportation issues which may exist globally.
SSVSM also provides all clients with a back-up service that assists any client who may face importation difficulties with ISPM15 compliant products that company has produced.