Heat Treated Pallets
When you need sturdy, safe, and high-quality pallets at an affordable cost, heat treated wooden pallets are the way to go.
For short distances within your warehouse or shipping items around the world, Dominion Pallet has the right pallets for you.
Benefits of Heat Treated Wooden Pallets
Whether shipping overseas or within the contiguous United States, you will want to use heat treated wooden pallets. These are beneficial in numerous ways, each of which can help improve your business’s operations.
All solid wooden shipping materials must be treated to prevent infestations and decay, and the best way to do so is through heat treating processes.
Heat treatment has many benefits, including:
- Eliminates pests such as termites and bacteria
- Strengthens the wood
- Removes moisture
- Prevents rotting
The ultimate result for you is more efficient shipping and decreased overhead, not to mention a lower environmental footprint.
Termites and other pests can damage wood, weakening pallets and eventually rendering them unusable.
With heat treatment, the pallet is placed in a chamber where it is heated up to about 133°F for at least half an hour to make sure any and all bugs are killed off.
Bacteria also gets exterminated, which makes the pallet sanitary for transporting pharmaceuticals and food products. This prevents lost product from infestation, ultimately improving profits as more of your merchandise makes it to the shelves.
Finally, heat treatment removes moisture from the wood, preventing mold growth. This is especially important when transporting perishable products such as food or beverages.
Untreated pallets, on the other hand, may still retain a certain amount of moisture, making them more prone to mold and mildew. Fumigation may introduce even more moisture into the pallet, potentially leading to increased mold growth and less sanitary shipping. For this reason, heat treated wooden pallets are the best way to keep your merchandise safe.
Longer Product Life
Moisture will cause wood to eventually warp, crack, mold, and rot, especially when it’s used to transport heavy loads like pallets.
Heat treatment removes excess moisture from every nook and cranny of the pallet, making it more resistant to decay and far sturdier for shipping and handling applications. Heat treated wooden pallets tend to hold up longer than untreated or chemically treated products.
This has obvious benefits for your business. Longer lasting pallets won’t need to be replaced as quickly, allowing them to remain in use for increased periods of time. This can have a positive impact on the market as a whole, and it can benefit your company specifically when it comes to warehousing applications.
Compliance with National and International Regulations
In the U.S., all pallets must be treated in some way to remove bugs and germs.
There are two options—heat treatment and chemical treatment. However, other nations have restrictions in place on chemically treated pallets, so heat treatment is the ideal option when it comes to shipping internationally.
Heat treatment done right meets the requirements set under APHIS, ALSC, and IPPC as well as European Union regulations. By using heat treated wooden pallets, you are ensuring compliance with these regulations and safeguarding your shipments. Otherwise, there is a high chance of your product either being returned to you or simply being lost.
In certain countries, there is a great deal of concern about various types of molds. Since mold thrives in moist environments (and may be promoted by Methyl Bromide treatments), they will often reject chemically treated pallets.
Heat treatment, on the other hand, reduces moisture, making it less at risk for fungal and mold infestations.
Other countries may require extra paperwork for fumigated pallets, or they may have to quarantine them for some time to make sure they are safe to handle. To ensure your shipments make it to their destination, heat treated wooden pallets are your safest option.
When shipping stateside, both methods are legal, but the EPA is pushing to phase out chemically treated pallets. While many are still in circulation, they are likely going to see less and less use, so it’s best to stay safe with heat treated wooden pallets.
The chemical treatment uses Methyl Bromide, a chemical that, while effective at getting rid of pests, is also known to be bad for the environment and toxic to humans.
Special handling techniques and precautions are needed when using chemically treated pallets, whereas no such protocols are necessary for heat treated pallets. This means less care is needed to work with heat treated wooden pallets, effectively cutting down the time and resources needed for palletizing product.
The matter of safety extends beyond the product’s shipping life as well. Disposal of heat treated pallets has far fewer environmental implications than chemically treated. Environmental concerns are high since methyl bromide has been shown to be harmful to the ozone layer.
Plastic pallets aren’t much better. While they may not decay like wooden pallets, once they are no longer usable, they are difficult to dispose of. Heat treated wooden pallets can be used for a wide variety of post-shipping applications, such as wood chipping or other recycling, so they are never truly wasted.
In addition, people often use old pallets for DIY projects, making fumigated pallets a safety concern. Heat treated pallets are more easily recycled and don’t include the safety concerns as Methyl Bromide treated materials.
Reduced Shipping Costs
One of the many expenses your business has to account for is that of shipping.
It’s important to keep your shipments as secure and lightweight as possible, and heat treated pallets help you accomplish that goal. There is reduced risk of lost product due to sanitation issues, so your losses are kept to a minimum.
In addition, heat treatment removes moisture from the wood, making it lighter. When it comes to shipping multiple pallets of product, this can add up. Fumigation, on the other hand, may introduce moisture into the pallet, making it heavier and potentially driving up shipping costs.
For national and international shipping, this expediency is further reinforced by eliminating the hazards of fumigated wood. Your customers are able to receive the product with less hassle and minimal legal issues, making heat treatment more efficient than other options.
High-Quality Heat Treated Wooden Pallets
At Dominion Pallet, we don’t use chemicals to treat our pallets, and each product is double stamped with the appropriate markings indicating proper heat treatment. You can be certain that our products will meet national and international shipping standards while also keeping your shipments safe.
We are able to custom design heat treated wooden pallets for your specific shipping requirements.
The process we use is specially engineered for accuracy and efficiency, and you get precise estimates of the pallet’s durability. This enables us to provide you with pallets that either meet or exceed your requirements. Combined with our strong relationships with lumber suppliers throughout the area, we are able to provide you with quality pallets quickly.
In addition, each of our sales representatives is trained in our design process. This, plus our relationships in the industry and decades of experience, provides you with the certainty that our products will surpass your expectations.
Choose Heat Treated Wooden Pallets
At Dominion Pallet, we don’t use chemicals to treat our pallets, and each product is double stamped with the appropriate markings indicating proper heat treatment.
To get a free quote or ask questions about our products, contact us today at (540) 894-5401 or fill out the online form below.