Protecting Our Ecosystem And Protecting your Cargo


If you are shipping products out of the USA, the timber packing used must be heat treated or fumigated to meet the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM).


Nelson and Sons Inc. has recognized and accepted ISPM 15 to address the global spread of timber pests by regulating the movement of pallets, timber packing and dunnage to reduce the risk of introduction and/or the spread of pests associated with solid lumber materials.


About ISPM 15


International Standards For Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM 15) is an International Phytosanitary Measure developed by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) that directly addresses the need to treat wood materials of a thickness greater than 6mm, used to ship products between countries. Its main purpose is to prevent the international transport and spread of disease and insects that could negatively affect plants or ecosystems. ISPM 15 affects all wood packaging material (pallets, crates, dunnages, etc.) requiring that they be debarked and then heat treated or fumigated with methyl bromide and stamped or branded with a mark of compliance. This mark of compliance is colloquially known as the "wheat stamp". Products exempt from the ISPM 15 are made from alternative material, like paper, plastic or wood panel products (i.e. OSB, hardboard, and plywood).


For more information, please e-mail Nelson and Sons Inc. at or call us at 1-318-396-7555.     


Why Heat Treatment?


■  Satisfies export compliance

■  Avoids customs delays and penalties

■  Eliminates regulatory compliance guesswork


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Click here to download the new standards for solid wood packaging materials.