ISPM-15 Certified Wood Crates (Bugstamp) Kansas City
ISPM-15 aka Bug Stamp – Explained, & Why It’s Critical for Export Shipments
While discussing an international shipment many unfamiliar industry terms may come up. One of the most important exporting terms used when talking about wood crating compliancy is what’s known as the ISPM-15 mark or bug stamp.
Many countries require the ISPM-15/bug stamp certifying that lumber used to fabricate wood crates and pallets for export shipping have been heat-treated to meet their specific regulations. Some require that all bark be removed from the lumber before the crate is assembled. This is critical to avoid foreign pest infestation into new environments damaging fragile ecosystems. Certified crates and pallets clearly display stamps on each wood panel to easily distinguish proper treatment to customs authorities as depicted in the example image to the left.
The American Lumber Standards Committee administers the U.S. certification program for heat-treatment. Craters & Freighters of Kansas City is compliant with the standards required for building wood crates and pallets for exporting to countries that require ISPM-15 wood.
Stamping & Documents Provided
Our heat-treated wood products are clearly marked with the "HT" stamp and a specific number that is mandatory for international export under ISPM-15 regulations. Proper documentation will accompany the wood crate or pallet used to ship our clients’ items.
Wood Blocking and Bracing
Any and all lumber used inside a crate for securing product needs a dunnage ISPM-15 stamp. Craters & Freighters of Kansas City's lumber used to fabricate any kind of wood container is compliant.
At The Foreign Port
Once the crate arrives at a foreign port, authorities can trace the crate back to the origin US location to confirm the crate meets heat treatment requirements.
Our location is certified and has two decades of international shipping experience, ensuring that crates will deliver without incident.
What Happens To Shipments Not Meeting ISPM-15 Standards?
Wood containers and pallets of any kind and their contents will either be fumigated or destroyed at port if they do not meet the foreign country’s specific requirements.
International shipments need professional knowledge to avoid costly damages or a total loss. In addition to customs documentation and ISPM-15 stamping, Craters & Freighters of Kansas City provides numerous delivery options including dock to port and dock to door solutions, depending on the client’s needs. We’ll make even the most complicated international shipment stress-free, whether it’s valuable business assets or personal household items.