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Updated by Dave Nicklin on Dec 14, 2016
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ISPM 15: What Does it Mean For your Packaging And Shipping Choices?

Originally developed to control the spread of pests affecting plants, ISPM 15 is now more commonly known for its implications to timber transit packaging. ISPM 15 is the fifteenth measure on the ISPM Standards (International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures) for the treatment of all packaging materials made from solid wood.


Where can you buy ISPM 15 compliant packaging?

NICKLIN were the first manufacturer of timber transit packaging companies in Europe to be registered under the UK Wood Material Marking Programme. They provide a range of ISPM 15 compliant wooden pallets, creates and packing cases and can provide up to date, extensive knowledge on the standards. For more information or to view their range of products please visit the Nicklin website.


Where does ISPM 15 apply?

Where does ISPM 15 apply?

These standards are enforced across much of the world, with an up to date list of countries who apply ISPM 15 to their imported packaging available on the Timcon website.


How do you know that packaging complies?

How do you know that packaging complies?

All ISPM 15 compliant packaging must feature a stamp that shows what country it comes from, the NPPO’s unique certification number, how it has been treated – i.e. HT will denote that the packaging has been heat treated – and any other relevant information.

In order to become compliant, timber must be heat treated to a minimum core temperature of 56oC for a minimum period of 30 minutes.


What does ISPM 15 do?

ISPM 15 standards are designed to reduce the risk of transferring foreign pests or wood diseases from one country to another via unprocessed raw wood. Problems include funguses that can attack and destroy native species of plants and trees and beetle larvae that can be easily transported in timber packaging, which will not only do damage to other trees but may also harm animals and human beings.


What packaging products do ISPM 15 standards apply to?

What packaging products do ISPM 15 standards apply to?

All wooden materials used to transport goods between countries will need to comply with these standards. This includes timber pallets, wooden crates and boxes, made from both softwood and hardwood.

  • Trading since 1913, we are one of the UK's longest established and most experienced providers of bespoke timber and corrugated transit packaging products and services. Our product range includes; bespoke pallets, timber cases, timber crates, plywood cases, corrugated cases and timber components.

    Our aim is to supply each of our customers with the most cost-effective and environmentally responsible transit packaging solution available for their application. Ensuring that they obtain real tangible value from their transit packaging budget whilst offering complete protection and facilitating safe handling of their products throughout the entire logistics and storage process.

    We supply transit packaging products and services to clients operating across a diverse range of industries and sectors, from large multinational organisations to local SMEs. Our aim is to create partnerships with each of our customers. Taking time to gain a thorough understanding of their products, processes and operations is fundamental to our approach and in turn gives us complete insight into their operation and deliver the optimum transit packaging solution for their requirements.

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