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Wood Fumigation Mandatory For All Exported Wood Shipments

December 7th, 2004 by Howard Skolnik

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When the Asian Beetle arrived in the US (Chicago) as a result of infected wood pallets, the US then regulated that all imported wood pallets be certified as fumigated (Docket # RSPA-02-032-3). If shipments arrive uncertified, the shipper is billed for fumigation at the arrival port (usually about $200.00 and several days delay). In response, China, Brazil and other countries began requiring that containers coming from the US have their pallets certified. These countries tried to protect themselves from the Nemotid, an American beetle. Today, all counties have instituted this requirement but in September 2004, the pallet regulation was expanded to include all wood inside a container including wood used for blocking and bracing. Failure to comply will mean that when arriving at a foreign port, a container will be fumigated (for a fee) and probably delayed. Therefore, be aware that when preparing an export shipment, if the contents are wood, on wooden pallets, or has wood bracing, you MUST provide certification that the wood used has been fumigated or HT Treated. The wood should also have a regulated marking indicating that it has been fumigated.

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