Heat Treatment Solutions
Export Pallets produce heat treated pallets for export so that your products can be easily transported around the world with reduced impact on quarantine.
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Why heat treat export pallets?
Timber export pallets can often be made from “raw” wood which can carry pests and diseases that are invisible to the naked eye. When these pallets are shipped to other countries, they take the pests and diseases with them and could pollute the ecosystems of these countries. To prevent a devastating impact on local ecosystems, countries have quarantine systems in place to ensure that the pallets imported goods are on are not bringing pests and bugs with them.
Heat treating pallets used for export ensures that your goods will have an easier time passing through quarantine. Heat treating kills the bugs in the wood and the pallets can be stamped with ISPM-15 certification. We’ll also issue a compliance certificate after the heat treatment and update our records to show that the pallet has been properly heat treated.
Heat treating your pallets helps you minimise costs in the export process. The longer your stock sits in quarantine and the longer it takes for your products to hit the market, the bigger risk to cash flow. It’s strongly recommended to heat treat your pallets to ensure they stay in quarantine for as little time as possible. And for the best chances of passing quarantine quickly, you should ensure that all your timber packaging in the consignment is marked with ISPM-15 compliance stamps.
In addition to being kind to your bottom line, heat treating your pallets is also kind to the environment. This process helps protect the world’s forests from the damages caused by introduced insects and other pests. Unlike other processes used to clear wooden pallets of bugs and pests, heat treatment doesn’t use any chemicals.
What does heat treating pallets involve?
To heat treat pallets for export, we place them in our kiln and heat it to a specific temperature. This temperature sits in a zone that is high enough to kill any pests in the wood but not so high as to weaken the timber. We then stamp the pallet to mark that it has been heat treated and issue a certificate that recognises the pallets are free from pests and other bugs.
Accredited by the AWPCS
The Australian Wood Packaging Scheme (AWPCS) is an Australian body that regulates the standard of pallets in terms of how clean and ready they have to be if used for export. This scheme was created as a response to the International Plant Protection Convention that recognised the damage “raw” wooden pallets and other packaging brought to ecosystems around the world. In order to implement the standards for wooden export pallets, the AWPCS provides pallet manufacturers with an accreditation that recognises them as an official treatment provider for wooden pallets.
Export Pallets carries the accreditation provided by the AWPCS which allows us to place the ISPM-15 stamp on pallets. This stamp shows that the pallets have been heat treated for export and are ready to be transported around the world safely.