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Heat-treated Pallets

Heat-treated pallets are the safest type of pallet. Treating pallets with heat destroys insects, reduces moisture, and helps facilitate the handling process, all without the need for harsh and toxic chemicals. In accordance with a treaty from the International Phytosanitary Protection Convention (IPPC), all pallets shipped to a member country must be heat treated and stamped with an IPPC stamp.

Our heat-treating process

Our process for treating pallets is completely compliant with the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISMP15) to guarantee safety. Pallets reach an internal temperature of 133°F for 30 minutes, then are inspected for quality and stamped.

Stack of heat-treated pallets inside a metal structure in Cincinnati, OH

Why should I use heat-treated pallets?

Heat-treated pallets are a requirement for shipping internationally. At Irvine Wood Recovery, we offer certified stamped heat-treated pallets for Cincinnati businesses looking to ship outside US borders. Accredited by the American Lumber Standard Committee, we can custom-build and heat-treat your pallets.

How will I know if a pallet is heat-treated?

These pallets have not been treated with chemicals which means they are safe for a variety of uses. Look for the IPPC stamp on the side of the wood. Also look for the pallet treatment code. Pallets marked with an “HT” are heat-treated and safe to use and ship internationally. Other pallet treatment codes that indicate they are chemical-free: DB (debarked and untreated), KD (kiln-dried), and EPAL (European Pallet Association; debarked and heat-treated).

If you see an “MB” stamp on the side of a pallet, that means the pallet is treated with methyl bromide, a toxic chemical compound. Colored wood pallets should also be avoided.

How long do heat-treated pallets last?

The ISPM 15 certification (the requirement necessary for shipping wood pallets between countries) will last the lifetime of the pallet, meaning these pallets can be used again and again. However, if the pallet is repaired and a component is replaced, it is no longer considered certified. It must be retreated and remarked. The old mark must be removed and a new stamp applied by one of the inspection agencies.

Can heat-treated pallets be stored outside?

Unfortunately, heat-treating does not make pallets weatherproof. The National Fire Protection Association recommends storing idle pallets outside in a detached structure or indoors with a proper sprinkler system. However, you can safely leave pallets outside (uncovered and exposed to the elements) for a few months. Any longer, and you run the risk of the wood rotting. Some steps you can take to prevent pallets from rotting include: storing off the ground, insuring airflow, rotating stock, and moving the pallets periodically.

Looking for heat-treated pallets near you?

Get heat-treated pallets straight from our door to your dock. Irvine Wood Recovery can facilitate the heat-treating process and delivery to your location. Contact us today to learn more and get a custom quote today.