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1. What does the ISPM 15 standard mean?

ISPM 15 is an international standard for phytosanitary measures. It was published by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) office and is intended to prevent migration of pests in wooden packagings, such as boxes and pallets, by standardized import regulations.

 

2. Why is it important that Inka pallets are ISPM 15 compliant?

Plant pests can nest unnoticed in wooden packagings such as boxes or pallets and thus be transported into countries where they are not native. Such pests can be very dangerous for the local flora. In times of globalization, this is a major problem that ISPM 15 is intended to counter. According to ISPM 15 regulation, wooden packagings must be treated and marked before import to prevent plant pests from being transported. These regulations do not apply to Inka pallets, as our pallets are made of pressed wood making it impossible for pests to nest in them. That allows Inka pallets to be exported without any pretreatment and marking, saving exporters time and money.

 

3. Are Inka pallets certified according to ISPM 15?

ISPM 15 is not a certification procedure, but a part of the international standard for phytosanitary measures. Inka pallets are ISPM-15 compliant: since they are made of pressed wood, no plant pests can nest in our pallets. Pressed wood is therefore excluded from the specifications of ISPM 15 allowing it to be imported without additional pretreatment and marking.

A certificate is not required to export Inka palettes. However, in order to speed up customs processes, we offer customizable export certificates to download on our website.

4. Do Inka pallets have an IPPC marking?

No, Inka pallets are made from pressed wood, which is exempt from ISPM 15 and does not require additional pretreatment or IPPC marking for export.

A certificate is not required to export Inka palettes. However, in order to speed up customs processes, we offer customizable export certificates to download on our website.

5. Are Inka pallets suitable for freight transport as well?

Yes, Inka pallets can also be used in freight transport. The special container formats F76 and F11 are ideal for transport in freight containers. As opposed to the Euro format, our pallets with dimensions of 760 x 1140 mm (F76) and 1140 x 1140 mm (F11) optimally use the area of freight containers to the last centimeter. Pallets of type F11 fit exactly twice next to each other in the container. The narrower F76  pallet can be stowed in rows of three to make optimal use of the expensive container space.

Like all other Inka pallets, our container pallets meet the requirements of ISPM 15 and can be exported worldwide without additional pretreatment and IPPC marking.

6. What is tamper evident packaging?

Due to their properties, Inka pallets are often used also in air freight: they are light and can be stacked to save space and can be exported without any pretreatment and IPPC marking. Since 2013 air cargo has been subject to increased security requirements. In order for an air cargo shipment to be tamper proof, it must be packed in such a way that no one can hide explosives in it afterward. Inka pallets are ideal in that matter because they have a closed floor area in which nothing can be hidden. If they are fully loaded and strapped or wrapped with foil including the feet and the edges, Inka pallets are considered tamper proof and will not be a subject of additional screening. However, the prerequisite is that the shipper is registered with the Federal Aviation Administration as a "known shipper", regardless of which packaging is chosen.

 

7. Do Inka pallets contain dangerous substances?

Inka pallets do not contain any dangerous substances. Our pallets consist in 85- 90% of residual and old wood chips and in 10-15% of condensed urea resin as a binder. The packaging regulation applicable to pallets (EU 94/62) is taken into account during manufacture. According to the requirements of the german Chemicals Prohibition Ordinance on wood preservatives, Inka pallets do not contain any substances that are harmful to health.

When it comes to emission of formaldehyde, our pallets have the lowest emission class E1, making them suitable for indoor use. Inka pallets also do not use any substances that are dangerous for food or packaging. In addition, they are completely biodegradable after use.

8. How Inka pallets are made?

Our Inka pallets are manufactured by our long time partner Presswood located in Ermelo, Netherlands. Sorted industrial waste wood, such as old pallets, wooden chips and sawmill waste is cut and dried. The chips are glued with urea resin and pressed into a mold under high pressure and at high temperature.

Modern testing machines ensure quality assurance and production control is based on EN ISO 9003 standard, verified and confirmed by TÜV Südwest after a safety test.

9. Can Inka pallets also be used in the food industry?

Yes, Inka pallets are also suitable for use in the food industry. It must be ensured that only packaged food comes into contact with the pallet. Inka pallets are not suitable for storing raw meat and frozen foods.