ISPM-15 & IPPC-15 Crating & Packaging

Quality Support is an industry leader in the manufacturing of wood shipping crates that meet ISPM-15 and IPPC-15 international requirements. Additionally, we can supply individual pieces of lumber that meet these requirements from our lumberyard.

About ISPM-15 & IPPC-15 Standards

The International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM-15) was formed by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC).  The IPPC is a 1951 multilateral treaty supervised by the Food and Agriculture Organization.  The convention created the Commission on Phytosanitary measures to manage the implementation of the convention. 

The objectives of this commission are as follows:

  • Protect farmers from economically devastating pest and disease outbreaks
  • Protect the environment from the loss of species diversity
  • Protect ecosystems from the loss of viability and function as a result of pest invasions
  • Protect industries and consumers from the costs of pest control or eradication
  • Facilitate trade through international standards that regulate the safe movement of plants and plant products
  • Protect livelihoods and food security by preventing the entry and spread of new pests of plants into a country.

ISPM-15 Wood Treatment

Fundamentally, ISPM-15 seeks to impede international transport and spread of disease and insects harmful to plants and ecosystems. To achieve this, it requires that all wood packaging material be debarked and treated in one of two ways, which are:

  • Heat Treatment
  • Fumigation

In heat treatment, the key is to heat the core of the wood until it reaches 56° C for at least 30 minutes. The internationally accepted types of heat treatment include steady heat treatment, kiln-dried, mobile heat treatment, portable chamber process and fast container connector.  Fumigation treatments differ depending upon ambient temperature.  The three internationally accepted types of fumigation treatment are MB (methyl bromide), container fumigation and tent fumigation. The material that undergoes these processes is then stamped or branded with a mark of compliance, often referred to as the “bug stamp.”

ISPM-15 & IPPC-15 Wood Applications

At Quality Support, we can customize both the size and shape of our wooden shipping crates in order to meet each customer’s specific needs. We can manufacture shipping solutions that range from the size of a quarter to an oversized trailer. We serve customers in a wide range of industries, which include:

Please contact us today to find out more.

ISPM-15 Frequently Asked Questions

International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15, also known as ISPM-15, is an International Phytosanitary Measure developed by the International Plant Protection Convention, also known as IPPC, to ship products between countries.

This standard affects both wood and wooden packaging materials including:

  • Dunnage
  • Crates
  • Reels
  • Collars
  • Pallets

The International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM-15) is put in place to specifically address the international transport of solid wood packaging material (WPM). With the transport of untreated wood, there is a risk of carrying and spreading harmful pests while shipping the packaging overseas. ISPM-15 attempts to limit or reduce the chances of spreading harmful pests to other countries.   

To identify if your package is ISPM regulated, IPPC requires specific markings to be included. Below is a key for what the marketing s stand for:

  • XX – This is the ISO country of origin code or ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code. For example, United States will be US and New Zealand would be NZ.
  • 0000 – This is the unique facility code made of number & letters (depending on the country) that is issued to the treatment provider or manufacturer.
  • YY – This is the treatment applied to the wood packaging material. For example, heat treat would be indicated as HT or Methyl Bromide would be indicated as MB.

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