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ISPM-15 Works, Pallet Recycling Company Fined for Selling Falsely Stamped Pallets

Tuesday, July 18, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Annette Ferri
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ISPM-15 Works, Pallet Recycling Company Fined for Selling Falsely Stamped Pallets

The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) has learned from the USDA Department of Agriculture, Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that an employee of Timber Creek Resources has pled guilty to a violation of the Plant Protection Act (PPA) for selling falsely stamped wooden pallets indicating they were ISPM-15 compliant.

The NWPCA is thankful to USDA that protocols are in place to investigate and apprehend those who choose to skirt the regulations.

Since September 2005, the Department of Agriculture requires the heat treatment of wood pallets used in international trade through a set of measures referred to as ISPM-15. The purpose of the ISPM-15 program is to prevent invasive pests and plant diseases from entering the United States by mandating that the wood has been treated in a manner that destroys all regulated pests in the wood prior to shipment. Certification is conducted by accredited third-party inspection agencies who then issue a stamp to be applied on the wood packaging material showing it is compliant with the ISPM-15 standard.

The wooden pallet industry is an $11.5 billion American success story, with close to 2 billion wood pallets in use every day in domestic shipping and warehousing operations; and about $400 billion worth of American trade is exported annually using wood pallets and containers. And according to a 2016 pallet user survey conducted by Modern Materials Handling, wood continues to dominate with 95% of pallet production. Wood wins, and the international community relies on the ISPM-15 program to mitigate the risk of invasive wood-boring insects so that world trade can continue safely and economically with wood packaging.

The NWPCA works closely with the national governments’ plant health organizations of United States and Canada, including the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO). Because of the success of the ISPM-15 program in minimizing the threat of invasive insects, we will continue to advocate for enhanced compliance and surveillance of fraudulent SWPM material at our ports. We are proud to partner with the USDA to ensure the wood packaging industry complies with federal regulations that help prevent the invasion of plant pests in the United States.

The investigation was conducted by the USDA Office of Inspector General and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Read the APHIS press release.

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Annette Ferri
Vice President, Communications
National Wooden Pallet & Container Association
Office: 703-519-6104
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