Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that buying and using heat-treated pallets can be confusing at times. As your pallet experts, we have outlined some of the most common questions you may have during this process. For any and all other questions, feel free to contact us.

A treaty from the International Phytosanitary Protection Convention (IPPC) requires that all solid wood packaging (i.e. pallets) must be heat-treated or fumigated before being important into any member country. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in various actions taken against your business or products.

The International Phytosanitary Protection Convention (IPPC) requires that wood pallets are either

  • Heat-treated in a chamber where the wood core temperature must be at 132.8 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 30 minutes.
  • Wood pallets are fumigated in a chamber with methyl bromide.

The heat-treated pallet should have the IPPC stamp if it has been properly heat-treated.

If the pallet has been properly heat-treated, and no new wood components have been used, it will never expire.
However, as soon as wood components are repaired or replaced, the pallet is no longer considered certified.

Heat-treating to the IPPC standards kills larvae and seals wood against larvae infestation that lowers the risks of rotting, but there are still chances the wood can rot.