American Box and Crating, Inc. is a member in good standing with the Timber Products Inspection Heat Treatment Program, accredited by the American Lumber Standard Committee, and is in compliance with the ISPM 15 standard.
The use of unprocessed wood can spread pests by introducing non-native species into the environment.
The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) is an international plant health agreement, established in 1952, that aims to protect cultivated and wild plants by preventing the introduction and spread of pests. Many countries, including China and Mexico as well as the European Union, require compliance with the IPPC's ISPM 15 standard before a container can be imported.
The wood we use has been processed to help prevent the spread of pests according to the ISPM 15 standard. To qualify for certification, the wood's core must be heated to a temperature of 132.8 degrees for 30 minutes, 140 degrees for 60 seconds or fumigated. We also maintain required documentation to show the origin of the wood and certify its compliance. The wood can then be stamped with a Heat Treatment mark like the one above.