This fall marked the first time that The Canadian Wood Pallet and Container Association (CWPCA) attended the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO) meeting in Montreal, Quebec. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss risk management in regards to pest infestations and the movement of wood. The CWPCA was joined by a number of representatives from different industries across Canada, the USA and Mexico, including farming, horticultural and foresting experts. Here are some of the things that were discussed at this conference in regards to pests risk management in the wood pallet industry.

Pest Infestation: What Is The Risk?

Like any natural material, wood pallets are at risk for attracting pests. This risk in increased when wood pallets are shipped to international locations, where foreign pests can find their way into the wood. At the NAPPO meeting last November, pest management specialists identified over 3000 different species of wood-boring pests found overseas that can threaten our domestic ecosystems. It’s important that the wood pallet industry respond to these concerns by ensuring that all of their products are properly treated before shipping out.

The International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No 15 (ISPM-15) is a regulation created by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) to ensure that all wood thicker than 6 millimetres is properly treated before shipping out internationally. By following this guideline, the wood pallet industry can ensure that all of our ecosystems around the world remain safe from foreign pest infestations.

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