Export packaging made simple

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Getting the right packaging materials to transport items safely by couriers around the UK is an art in itself. If you need to send them abroad, however, whether you’re exporting goods or moving to a different country, there’s a whole new range of things you need to think about, not least the extra amount of bumps and knocks your parcels are almost certain to suffer en route.

One of the major things you need to be aware of is the set of regulations governing the use of wooden boxes, crates and pallets as part of your packing. Chief among these is the International Standards For Phytosanitary Measures No 15 (ISPM 15), developed by the International Plant Protection Convention to prevent the international transport and spread of disease and insects that could negatively affect plants or ecosystems.


Calling occupants of phytosanitary craft

Basically, any wood materials more than 6mm thick need to be debarked and then heat treated to a minimum of 56oC for a minimum of 30 minutes or fumigated with methyl bromide. Once this has been done, they get stamped with an internationally recognised mark of compliance, known colloquially as the ‘wheat stamp’.

(By the way, in case you’re wondering about the word ‘phytosanitary’ – as I have done over many long winter evenings – ‘phyto’ derives from phuton, which is the Ancient Greek word for plant, and not a kind of torpedo used in Star Trek.)

At Davpack, we have the packaging products and expertise to help you through this regulatory minefield. If you look in the Cardboard Boxes part of our website, you’ll find two whole sections given over to export boxes, cases and pallets.

There, along with heavy duty double and triple wall cardboard boxes, you’ll find our popular no-nail plywood boxes. They’re extremely light but can hold contents weighing up to 200kg, stand firm under a pressure of several tonnes and withstand extreme climatic conditions. And because they’re made of plywood, they’re exempt from ISPM 15 regulations. You’ll struggle to find stronger, more cost effective boxes for export.

Other export cases you might want to consider include our cap and sleeve boxes and stackable collars and lids, both of which are available on heat treated pallets. Incidentally, although they’re not on our website, we can supply heat treated pallets separately – just call our Sales team on 01332 821200 for more information.

We also have presswood and plastic pallets available from stock, both of which can also be used for exporting without any problems.

So, before boxing up your belongings or goods and trusting to luck, why not find out how Davpack can make the whole experience trouble free? With over 40 years in the packaging business, we’re sure to find the ideal solution for your exporting dilemma!

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Rick Stanford

Rick has been a salesman in the packaging supplies business for more than thirty years. Now semi-retired, he divides his time between tending his allotment in north Devon, getting depressed at the continuing travails of his home-town football club Macclesfield Town, and sharing his considerable experience and knowledge with the readers of the Davpack blog. Davpack

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  1. Thanks a lot for this article, got the idea on how to make export packaging more simple.

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