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Why Heat Treat Wood?

All of Valley Box's wood packaging is built with heat treated lumber. Heat treated wood is mandatory for overseas shipments. Heat treatment is a non-chemical process to kill and prevent pests in wood.

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The process ensures that all materials are treated thoroughly and not just the surface. The thermal modification of wood significantly improves its resistance to rot and fungal decay.

The purpose of this process is to assure the health of other eco systems. When wood is imported without being treated the risk of carrying pests, such as the pinewood nematode and the Asian long-horned beetle, which can affect trees that might not have the ability to survive the disease or non-native insects. This process protects forests and other crops around the world from being infested with these pests when wood packages are delivered.

Anyone with a lumber kiln and the proper measuring equipment can heat treat lumber. However, it cannot be officially stamped as such unless it has been audited by a service accredited by the US Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The wood industry chooses to use Universal’s heat treatment capabilities, a completely safe and effective method of complying to ISPM 15 standards.

As always wood a renewable environmentally friendly choice. Valley Box's offers a wide variety of wood packaging solutions.  Visit our "Packaging Services” page to learn more. 

Topics: Wood, Green

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Valley Box demonstrates what is possible beyond just the typical wooden box. This specialty packaging manufacturer works with a wide variety of materials from wood to plastic, corrugate, metals and more. Discover how to take specialty packaging to the next level.