ISPM15 is an International Phytosanitary Measure developed by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) that directly addresses the need to treat wood materials of a thickness greater than 6mm, used to ship products between countries. Its main purpose is to prevent the international transport and spread of disease and insects that could negatively affect plants or ecosystems. ISPM 15 affects all wood packaging material (pallets, crates, dunnages, etc.) requiring that they be debarked and then heat treated or fumigated with methyl bromide and stamped or branded, with a mark of compliance. This mark of compliance is colloquially known as the “wheat stamp”.
Internationally accepted types of treatment
- HT (Heat Treatment) – The wood need to be heated until its core reaches 56°C, for, at least, 30 minutes. The treatment will be marked by HT in the standard stamp.
- MB (Methyl Bromide) -Requires to completely fill an area with gaseous pesticide (Methyl Bromide). The treatment will be marked by MB in the standard stamp