From 1st January 2021, a new legal requirement came into force which stated that all wood packaging material, be it pallets or packing cases, moving between the UK and the EU has to be compliant with a heat treatment and mark as specified in the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures No 15 (ISPM15).
This new internationally agreed standard is designed to help protect the world’s forests from disease, and trade from any costly delays in transport.
Rhys Hughes Director:
“At P&A, we have been heat treating our pallets and packing cases at our base in Mold since 1998. Perfect for import and export, they are heated to a minimum core temperature of 56°C in our state-of-the-art kiln drying facility, ensuring they meet the ISPM15 Standard. This process essentially gives them a worldwide passport.”
To ensure continued compliance, P&A is audited every six months and all non-manufactured wood is stamped with the official IPPC mark.
All countries also require the goods to be accompanied by a valid certificate which is available as part of the P&A process and certifies that the company are authorised to heat treat.
Our pallets are heated to a minimum core temperature of 56°C in our state-of-the-art kiln drying facility, ensuring they meet the ISPM15 Standard.
Commenting on the changes, Rhys Hughes said:
“Our customers are already well prepared for the change in legal requirements as we have been conforming to this new standard for over 20 years for international customers. We also put plans in place to ensure that, operationally, we were ready for an increase in demand for our services from 1st January once the new regulation came into force requiring all pallets and timber cases exporting to EU must have the ISP15 certification”
P&A Pallets worked continuously throughout the two lockdowns in 2020, caused by the pandemic and continues to work through the third, supporting its key customers operating in the “Essential Services” category. These included businesses in the Food, Medical, Agriculture, Chemical, Building and Nuclear industries, operating both in the UK and internationally.
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