Crating and Packaging

Poor or improper packaging can lead to damaged freight, claims denial, and even customs seizure. Let Tranco’s crating and packaging experts assist you.

Let Tranco Global assist in coordinating a solution to meet your crating and packaging needs. Areas of assistance include:

  • Custom Crating
  • Wood Crating
  • ISPM -15 “Bug stamp” Compliant
  • Reusable & Trade Show Crates
  • Custom Pallets and Skids
  • Corrugated
  • Specialized Cushioning
  • Vapor Barrier
  • Heat-Shrink Wrapping
  • Product Specific
  • Art and Antiques
  • Anti Static

ISPM-15 Certified Wood Crates

There are many factors to consider when packaging and crating for international shipments. Many foreign countries require that all crates and pallets made out of wood being shipped from the U.S. be heat treated to reduce the risk of pest infestation. These crates require an approved stamp known as the “bug stamp” or ISPM-15 mark, certifying the crate meets international shipping standards.

From the US Department of Agriculture website:

International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 require all solid wood packing material to be heat treated and stamped with an official mark. ISPM 15 requirements apply to all hardwood and softwood (coniferous and non-coniferous) packaging materials. The standard does not apply to wood packaging made wholly of manufactured wood products such as plywood, particle board, oriented strand board, or products created using glue, heat and pressure or a combination of these.

The second alternative, Fumigation with Methyl Bromide (MB), while still acceptable is being phased out because of environmental reasons. The fumigator must be registered in the program in order to issue the ALSC Quality Mark.

Important note to exporters: ISPM 15 requirements apply to all coniferous (softwood) and non-coniferous (hardwood) packing materials including dunnage. U.S. Inspection Agencies control the issuance of the ALSC Quality Mark and the presence of the Quality Mark ensures WPM produced in the U.S. and destined for export meets the importing countries regulations.

Trading partners are adopting the ISPM15 in their import regulations. As the National Plant Protection Organization of the United States, the United States Department of Agriculture, in coordination with the wood packaging material industry, has developed an export program to guarantee compliance with the import requirements of trading countries. The program insures certified treatment and marking of wood packaging material for international trade, while maintaining traceability of the packaging material. The integrity of the program is dependent upon industries compliance.