To ensure that pests from other countries don’t travel through shipping containers, Oliver offers two methods for fumigating pallets: Methyl Bromide treatment and heat treatment.
Pest outbreaks have arisen because of insects traveling between countries via wood pallets and containers used for packing goods. Since then, the United Nations through FAO decided to take the lead to uniformly regulate the rules to govern packaging timber. This resulted in the IPPC (International Plant Protection Convention) which is a multilateral treaty that standardizes regulations governing imports which could impact the physical conditions of forests and crops. In an effort to help get rid of pests that have traveled this way, we have created custom pallet fumigation processes to offer our clients in Puerto Rico.
The two major pests that have traveled this way are the pine wood nematode and the Asian longhorned beetle.
To comply with IPPC regulations, we use two types of treatment for pallet fumigation in Puerto Rico:
1) Methyl Bromide (MB):
The wood must be fumigated with methyl bromide. Inspection Service Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has designated the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA) as the administrator of this program in the United States and Puerto Rico.
2) Heat Treatment:
The wood is heated to 133 °F (56 °C) for a minimum of half an hour in order to eliminate all insects.
Trans-national industries (overall) bear the brunt of the cost of shipments as they have to work from destination to destination, as the specifications vary by country of destination.
These countries will only accept wood treated and marked properly according to regulations of the IPPC ISPM 15.
In Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, Oliver Exterminating is the First Company to be certified for the fumigation of pallets as specified by section 15 of the IPPC ISPM.
Call us today for a quote at (787) 764-2000.