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For export to countries outside the E U all wooden pallets have to conform to ISPM15 regulations and requirements. The authority for this is the forestry commission and the ISPM15 treatment for pallets means they are heat treated to a certain temperature to remove any infestation of bugs or disease. Please see below:

What is ISPM15?

The International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures, publication number 15 – Regulation of wood packaging material (WPM) in international trade.

Why ISPM15?

The regulations are to help prevent the worldwide spread of plant pests and diseases by using specially treated wooden packaging material (WPM).

Who controls ISPM15?

As part of the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) controls the regulations through the cooperation of member governments of the UN.

What is classed as WPM?

ISPM15 applies to coniferous softwood and non-coniferous hardwood used as raw wood packaging material. The standard does not apply to wood packaging made wholly of manufactured wood-based products such as plywood and veneer, reconstituted wood products (particle board, chipboard, Presswood, oriented strand board, high density fibre board, and medium density fibre board) or products created using glue, heat and pressure or a combination thereof.

How can you tell if WPM has been treated?

All treated WPM will have the IPPC mark, as shown below:

What do the markings indicate?

The markings must be within a rectangular border with a vertical line separating the IPPC logo (on the left) from the identifying data. The border lines may be solid or broken; and the corners may be rounded. XX – indicates a two letter ISO country code (a link to these may be found on our Links page).

ISPM15 Heat Treatment Certificates

Should you require any type of used pallet to be heat treated and have an accompanying certificate, there is a small charge of £2.25 per pallet if the pallet is purchased from us. Without a certificate there will be an additional charge of £1.25 per pallet. Please contact: