Wooden pallets that previously went between the U.S. and Canada without being heat-treated to kill insects or larvae could soon be required to undergo such treatments, potentially shifting the pallet market to other materials, including plastics. A proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) would remove the exemption from the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 15 treatment of wood-packaging material moving between Canada and the U.S. beginning as soon as this summer.
Gary Sharon, VP, Litco International (Vienna, OH), a maker of presswood pallets that would remain exempt says the potential change could be quite disruptive. "If adopted, the proposal will have a significant impact on shipments on pallets," Sharon said. According to Sharon, during the 'informed compliance' period, if insect infestation is found on a wooden pallet, loads will either be refused or treatment will be required prior to entering. "For companies shipping back and forth between Canada and the U.S., now is the time to convert to ISPM 15 approved export pallets and other packaging to avoid unnecessary costs and delays."...