Palletized materials handling represents a major drag on business profits and a significant contribution to pollution worldwide. The world is going pallet-free and Repsco is leading that conversion.
It is estimated that there are over 700 million wood pallets in the world today. Not only does that represent the consumption of over 63 million trees, mostly scarce hardwood varieties, but most nations require wood pallets to be chemically treated to eliminate biohazards. That requires millions of gallons of toxic chemicals and drastically reduces the recyclability of those pallets.
In 2005 the USDA implemented the international standard for wood packaging material that was approved by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). The IPPC standard calls for most wood packaging material to be either heat treated or fumigated with methyl bromide in accordance with the Guidelines and marked with an approved international mark certifying that treatment.
The rule affects all persons using wood packaging material in connection with importing goods into the United States.
For more information: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/import/commercial_enforcement/wpm/