ISPM 15 is an acronym for International Standards For Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 and has been introduced by IPPC (International Plant Protection Convention) to ensure that wood packaging material has been heat treated and does not pose a risk of infestation to indigenous ecosystems or plants.
Wooden packaging that is required to conform to strict export regulations include:
- Pallets, box pallets and pallet collars
- Packing cases
- Drums and similar packing
- Boxes and crates
- Dunnage (loose wood used to protect goods and their packaging).
Branding the timber will enable companies to demonstrate that solid wood packaging has been heat-treated according to set guidelines, meets the ISPM 15 standard and is safe to be exported into numerous countries. For a full list of countries, please visit global exporters' guide, or the country's embassy or national plant protection organisation.
Once a wooden pallet or other packing case has been marked with an ISPM 15 stamp, it can be reused multiple times, provided it has not been damaged or infested. If the packing has been altered in any way (repaired, remanufactured or changed) it will have to be re-treated and re-marked with the ISPM 15 stamp.
Our stencil cutting machines have proved extremely popular with the timber and packing industries for clear identification marking. Crates, containers and boxes etc can be clearly marked using our computer-controlled stencil cutting machine to create stencils very quickly and then using the appropriate stencilling inks and rollers. For a quick, efficient solution to timber marking in remote areas, a popular choice is the handheld inkjet printer