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Why ISPM-15 Certified Wood Crates Matter For International Shipping

International standards for shipping have a large impact on imports and exports. For example, many countries require the ISPM-15 stamp or “bug stamp” for any shipments leaving the United States. Understanding international regulations can greatly decrease issues when shipping goods internationally. In this article we will go over the importance and requirements of the ISPM-15 stamp as well as other international shipping standards. For more information on shipping materials or to get a quote on crating for your international shipment, please contact Crate This today. We would be happy to discuss crating in greater detail and provide quotes on our shipping services. 

Why Wood Needs To Be Heat-Treated

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The reason international shipping crates must have the ISPM-15 stamp, is because of the risk of pests runing local ecosystems. Living organisms when introduced to new ecosystems can quickly cause problems. Because many insects and other bugs will often live in wood, like termites, the international community requires that all wooden crates and pallets be treated before they are shipped internationally. This can prevent pests from spreading to different countries and areas that they are not native to. For this reason wood used for international shipping must be heat-treated in order to prevent pests from living inside the wood and accidentally being shipped overseas. 

What Happens When Crates Do Not Meet International Standards?

If a crate arrives in a foreign port without an ISPM-15 stamp, the local authorities have the right to destroy the shipment, fumigate it, or send it back. This can cause huge issues for a company’s supply chain. Aside from causing delays, destroyed goods can have a large impact on your business. Because of this, it is of paramount importance that any wood used to shipping your goods internationally be properly labeled and treated against pests. 

ISPM-15 Certified Crating in Massachusetts

Crate This provides ISPM-15 certified crating for international imports and exports. If you need crating for your shipments, we can help. We provide quotes on custom shipping crates and packing services for businesses in Massachusetts. 

For more information or a free quote ISPM-15 crating, please contact our team. We would be happy to answer your questions and provide quotes. 

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