Heat treated pallets compliant with ISPM 15 for your export

Are you transporting goods outside the European Union...

... or to the Canary Islands, Portugal, Norway or Turkey?
Then your wooden packaging must comply with the international standard ISPM 15. 

On this page you can find more info about ISPM 15 and our compliant pallets. 

As it is our mission to help business to make the shift to the most efficient supply chain, we have developed the CHEP PLUS PS service for all pallets used for transport outside the EU. We can offer you a quality assured ISPM15 compliant pallet that meets the new standards. So you can keep on exporting your products whenever and wherever you need to. 

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What is ISPM 15?

ISPM 15 stamp
 

ISPM 15 stands for International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No.15 (ISPM15).

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) developed the ISPM15 guidelines as a way to regulate solid wood packaging in international trade. The purpose of these guidelines are to help prevent the spread of wood pests and disease, protecting the world’s forests and ecosystems.

All wood packaging materials (WPM) moving between the EU and other countries must meet ISPM15 international standards and are subject to official checks on a risk-targeted basis.

Using non-compliant ISPM15 pallets for international shipping can have severe consequences. Pallets not properly heat treated and marked risk denial of entry for the entire shipment (merchandise and pallet). In extreme cases, local authorities will have the right to destroy the pallet and the merchandise being carried.

What makes wooden packaging ISPM15 compliant?

ISPM15 requires WPM to be heated in accordance with a specific time-temperature schedule that achieves a temperature of 56°c for a minimum duration of 30 continuous minutes throughout the entire profile of the wood (see FAQ for more information).

Heat sterilisation minimises the risk of insect and pest infestation as the moisture levels are significantly reduced by the heat-treating process. It is the action of heat-treating that makes WPM “phytosanitary”.

Once the wood has been treated, it is stamped with the internationally recognised IPPC mark. The mark indicates the treatment method used and the country of origin of the WPM. In the UK, the standard is enforced by the Forestry Commission, which is the National Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO). They authorise the use of the IPPC mark to ensure pallets are compliant. (See below for more information).

We have developed the CHEP PLUS PS (phytosanitary) pallet solution for those customers requiring ISPM15 compliant pallets for export flows. CHEP ensure that all CHEP Plus PS pallets have been heat treated in accordance to the regulations and are properly marked as compliant.

What is CHEP PLUS PS service?

CHEP PLUS PS service pallet heat treated
 

Customers who need ISPM 15-compliant pallets for their exports can request them from CHEP.

In recent years, we have invested heavily in drying chambers, which provide the necessary heat treatments to wooden pallets, in full compliance with regulations. Heat treated pallets, compliant with ISPM 15, are always clearly marked with our own IPPC stamp.

CHEP PLUS PS ISPM15 pallets are clearly marked to be easily distinguishable as a CHEP heat treated pallet that meets these import specifications. Heat treated pallets must have two marks from the same operator on opposite sides of the pallet. The marks must be visible and legible. The marks can appear on the block, stringer or lead board.

Request a quote for CHEP PLUS PS pallets, compliant with ISPM 15.

What CHEP pallets are ISPM 15 compliant?

ISMP 15 compliant CHEP Pallets

The Mark 55/US Standard Pallet (B4840A) is our dedicated pallet for export to North America, Canada and Mexico. It is ISPM15 compliant.

The UK Standard Pallet (B1210A) is a general purpose, reusable wooden pallet for use within CHEP’s network of European service centres. The UK pallet can be used for international export by ordering Plus PS, ISPM15 compliant, pallets upon request.

The Europallet (B1208A) is also a general purpose, reusable wooden pallet for use within CHEP’s network of European service centres. The Europallet can be used for international export by ordering Plus PS, ISPM15 compliant, pallets upon request. 

  • If you are already a CHEP customer you can order ISPM15 compliant pallets through MyCHEP by selecting “Phytosanitary” under the “Treatment” specification. Please allow five working days for orders of Plus PS pallets.
  • If you are no CHEP customer, you can request a quote here.

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Heat treated pallets compliant with ISPM 15 for your export