Phytosanitary treatment ISPM-15
Complying with the international regulations of the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization
of the United Nations) of phytosanitary measures, at Itepal we submit all our pallets to heat treatment (HT) in compliance with the NIMF-15 regulations, ensuring transport international in conditions of full security.
The wooden pallets in this type of treatment are heated to a minimum temperature of 56 degrees for an estimated time greater than 30 minutes, managing to heat the core of the wood to finish and prevent possible pests that may nest in the pallet, ensuring that the transport of goods, especially in the farming-food sector, is carried out under optimal conditions of food safety and quality.
This heat treatment (HT) allows, among other things, to fumigate pests of:
- Insects such as oedemeridae, anobiidae, bostrichidae, siricidae, buprestidae, cerambycidae, curculionidae, iIsoptera, lyctidae (with some exceptions) and scolytidae
- Nematodes, such as bursaphelenchus xylophilus
Wood can be a potentially conductive element for pests if not treated properly. In this way, once the pest nests it can be a dangerous source of expansion, especially considering that the cargo when following a process of land, air or sea transport can infect the environment by circulating, being of vital importance to tackle the problem root. With the heat treatment (HT) that we apply on the pallets, we avoid the spread of harmful organisms in international trade, also complying with phytosanitary requirements.
Due to this regulation, there are numerous countries that put the ISPM-15 heat treatment as a prerequisite to carrying out export tasks, moving not only to European countries, but also outside the borders of our continent such as the US, Canada , China, South Africa, Central America and Australia.
This requirement is of vital importance in international ware, since after customs inspection the pallets may be subjected to destruction or rejection if they do not meet the current standards on phytosanitary treatment. Once this fact has occurred, although the ware will return to its origin with an additional surcharge, it cannot be sent again with its original packaging.
In European transport, it is also now necessary that the wooden packaging used complies with the international regulations for phytosanitary measures nimf 15 in shipments to the Canary Islands, so it must be taken into account now in our exports to the islands from now on .