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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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2 Responses

  1. Greg Grant says:

    Wood Crate
    Outside Dimensions ( 48 L x 48 W x 48 H )
    I.D. of 44.25 x 44.25 x 41.125
    Weight Capacity 3,000 lbs.
    Stacking Strength 9,000 lbs.
    WT. (LBS.) 118
    2×4 cleats and 3/8 plywood
    Heat Treated and Stamped for export shipment.
    3 runners that are 4 x 4 with a solid 2 x 6 deck for skid. The sides, ends and top are made from 3/8 plywood and 2 x 4 cleats.

    Let me know the prices on this and I will get you the quantity needed. However if you don’t have these types, I would appreciate you contacting me back with some prices and the other types you have or which are much similar.

    Thank you

  2. Hello Greg,
    Thanks for your inquiry. Unfortunately, we do not sell pallets, we use them for the shipment of our steel drums.
    All the best,
    Howard Skolnik

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