Heat Treatment for Wood pallets, crates, and containers.

Did you know that crates and wood packaging must meet certain sanitary specifications?

In accordance with the Official Mexican STANDARD NOM-144-SEMARNAT-2017, all phytosanitary measures and requirements are set for the internationally recognized seal for wood packaging used in international trade in goods and merchandise.

This phytosanitary procedure is mandatory when shipping merchandise on a wood pallet. The rules share the statutes to regulate and prevent the proliferation of pests in the exchange of goods at the international level.

What is the process or treatment applied at ICS VMI Group?

The production of premium pallets at the ICS VMI Group plants consists of three main activities: treatment, manufacturing, and marking.

The thermal treatment is best known by the acronym HT (Heat Treated), which is done by sterilizing the wood through the application of heat and/or humidity control until reaching quality standards in accordance with the regulations of this product.

The wood goes through high performance, energy-efficient, and safe heat chambers for this treatment.

During this process, the pallets, containers, boxes, or crates being treated are heated to a core temperature of 140 degrees for a minimum of 30 minutes. This ensures that any pest will be killed off during this process, after which the pallet is ready to be used and reused to ship goods internationally.

Once this procedure is complete, in accordance with procedures and methods established through ISPM-15, it moves on to manufacturing by our specialized team.

Finally, the mark of a pallet according to the standard consists of a special symbol that is used together with the codes that identify the specific country, the producer or supplier responsible for the treatment, and the treatment applied.

ICS ISPM 15: Heat Treated Wood Packaging Mark

So the pallets manufactured in our facilities are marked with our country code, the ICS VMI Group license number, and the initials HT that refer to heat treatment.

Wooden Pallets.

By treating pallets in accordance with ISPM-15, we can prevent the spread of pests and ensure that your international shipments are not held up by customs officials.

Learn more about the different types of wood, manufacturing, and treatment capabilities of ICS VMI Group.


A letter from ICS VMI Group in response to COVID-19

Dear ICS customers,

Due to the international spread of COVID-19 and with the commitment to act responsibly to the state of national alert, we want to share with you pertinent information that concerns our care services.

We are aware that our internal processes directly impact your industry, from the quality of manufacturing, delivery of the finished product, and return of our returnable packaging.

As ESSENTIAL SUPPLIERS for the industry, our facilities continue operating to meet the needs of our customers, and as a contingency plan, we carry a strict protocol of greater sanitation and control of external agents, thus avoiding contamination towards your products.

In our returnable packaging program, we have extended life cycle containers, and our operations include manufacturing, integration into the supply chain, recovery for proper repair, cleaning, and labeling, all in a comprehensive supply chain for the highest daily performance.

For ICS the security for our clients, associates, and family is crucial in this transition phase.

At ICS we work daily to provide the best possible care in situations arising from the pandemic and are prepared to advise you in each of our Customs, Logistics, Returnable, Rework, Design, Storage, and Packaging Services in corrugated cardboard, wood or plastics.

We want to reaffirm that we have taken all necessary measures to ensure the continuous supply of products and services during these times of crisis. In case anything else changes we will notify you as far in advance as possible.

We invite you to visit our website www.icsvmi.com and sign up to receive email notifications to get updated information about any changes to our services.


Corporate Management