We have created a list of 3 ways to avoid ISPM issues.
- Consider alternative materials
Easiest way is to use non-wood pallets such as plastic or corrugated pallets. These are exempt from ISPM and do not require any markings or treatments.
- Double-check the details
For solid wood pallets, make sure you follow the guidelines in ISPM-15. Most issues result from the small details. These could include not having ISPM stencils on BOTH sides of the pallet or crate. Or the stencils might be illegible. It is a good idea to check your packaging as it is loaded into the container as a final quality check to make sure things are in compliance.
- Work with a knowledgeable supplier
Your best bet to make sure your packaging complies is to choose a reputable wood pallet supplier that stays current with the latest ISPM regulations. Make sure the supplier knows which countries you are shipping to, as some require additional bark or paperwork requirements. Companies like Nelson pride themselves in understanding the issues and complexities of the ISPM program.
Using this list can help you navigate the ISPM program and prevent shipping issues.
Still have ISPM questions? Want more information about how to avoid ISPM issues? Leave your questions in the comment section below.
Post by: John Clarke, Technical Director