You don’t want to be the individual responsible for introducing a pest or disease in another country – that’s why heat treated pallets are so important.

Timber export pallets are made from organic material, wood, which can carry pests and diseases. When these pallets are shipped to other countries, they take the pests and diseases with them and this could have a devastating impact on local ecosystems. To prevent this, counties have quarantine systems and procedures in place to ensure that imported goods don’t bring pests and bugs with them.

Using heat treated pallets for export will ensure that your goods won’t hit as many roadblocks or delays as they would if shipped on untreated pallets. Heat treating kills any bugs in the wood and following the treatment the pallets can be stamped with ISPM-15 certification. We’ll also have your own paperwork to show that the pallet has been properly heat treated.

Heat treated pallets help 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.

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 so it makes sense to heat treat your pallets to ensure they stay in quarantine for as little time as possible.

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.

If you need pallets for international shipping get in touch with our team!