What Are Heat Treat Pallets and Why Do Pallets Need To Be Heat Treated?

Heat treatment

Heat treat pallets are required for all wood packaging material used in international shipments.  One of the necessary steps for ensuring the safety of not only the product being shipped, but also the environment of the product’s destination, is heat treatment.

Wood pallets are made from organic material – trees.  Trees do not grow in sterile surroundings. The ground they are rooted in, the air they are surrounded by, and the water they absorb are not only full of nourishing material, but also a plethora of pests. These pests, whether mature or in larval stage, are, unfortunately, all too easily transported from one area of the world to another in the pallet wood they inhabit. Therefore governments, environmentalists, and pallet makers have come up with a variety of ways to kill them during the pallet production stage so they will not be introduced in places they did not originate and do not belong

What is heat treatment exactly? It’s a phyto-sanitary process developed by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), a treaty recognized by the World Trade Organization and overseen by the Food and Agriculture Organization that “aims to secure coordinated, effective action to prevent and to control the introduction and spread of pests of plants and plant products.

During this process, the pallets, boxes, or crates being treated are heated to a core temperature of 140 degrees for a minimum of 30 minutes. This ensures that all insects and larva will be killed off, after which the pallet can be used and reused to ship goods internationally. Once a pallet has been heat treated, it is stamped with a globally recognized image which allows for more efficient transportation of goods.

Kamps Pallets is certified to perform the heat treatment process necessary to be in compliance with ISPM-15, or International Standards for Phyto-sanitary Measures No. 15. Our Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio plants have the capacity to produce large numbers of heat treated pallets for our clients throughout the Midwest.

Kamps Pallets is committed to doing our part in ensuring the supply of safe and sanitary pallets for the use of our customers, and we have the ability to produce heat treated pallets in large numbers as necessary. If your company has a need for heat treated pallets in whatever numbers, please contact us and we can discuss how we can meet this need together.

Fuad Hasanovic

Fuad is the Brand Management Specialist at Kamps. He is experienced in Thought Leadership Marketing and Blogging, and holds an MBA from Davenport University.


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