AMC Consolidated is proud that we heat-treat our pallets. What is the process of heat-treatment? Why is it such an important factor of pallet distribution? In 2002, members of a UN convention developed publication 15 of The International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM): this has set regulations to help prevent the spread of diseases and pests. Some of the most common insects that have caused harm through pallet shipment are:
- The Pinewood Nematode native, to Japan and are very harmful to pine trees.
- The Emerald Ash Borer, native to China and have attacked North
- American ash trees.
These bugs are responsible for the depletion of many trees, and likely aided with untreated wooden packaging materials. All wood-based products that are imported or exported other countries must be fumigated with Methyl Bromide, or they must be heat-treated. Chemical treatment can be detrimental to our health and the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency issued a health hazard for the following side effects:
- Short-term inhalation may severely injure lungs
- Long-term inhalation can lead to neurological damage ( both humans & animals)
- May cause cardiac arrest
- Corrosive to skin
- Corrosive to eyes
- Contributes to the destruction of the ozone in the upper atmosphere
Chemical treatment is not practiced at AMC Consolidated. We protecting our employees, the environment, and consumers is a high priority at AMC. Heat-treatment on the other hand is a safe alternative to the toxic process. The heat treatment process consists of subjecting pallets to a constant temperature at least 140f thirty minutes. The high temperature and longevity the wood must withstand these. Ensuring that any insects or diseases potentially inhabiting our pallets are killed off. The heat-treating process is an uncomplicated one, for it requires only a few basic steps.
- Pallets are debarked.
- Pallets are placed in a heat-chamber (like you would place cookies in an oven).
- Pallets receive a stamp that certify they have complied with ISPM guidelines.
It is important to ensure that all pallets are free from diseases and insects; however, this precaution should not come at the cost of endangering the environment through chemical exposure. Heat-treatment is an environmentally and people-friendly process. AMC Consolidated is the only local company that has an on-site kiln to heat-treat for our pallets. Our process includes “kiln” is a process of drying in order to prevent the wood from mold and mildew. Kiln-drying is the extra step taken to guarantee safe, and good quality wood pallets. AMC Consolidated provides onsite heat-treating pallets for international shipments, Peco Pallets, a place to purchase older pallets, as well as a site for pallet production. We have the knowledge and expertise to meet your product shipping needs. We can assist with any of your questions regarding pallets. Please contact us or call 602-233-9800 for further assistance.