Why Container Fumigation is Necessary

At best, shipping internationally can seem complicated with the plethora of rules applicable to the origin and destination of container goods.  Companies utilizing shipping containers must concern themselves with the independent policies and laws of the destination country prior to shipping.

Is Container Fumigation Absolutely Mandatory?

In many cases the destination company may not require fumigation.   However, in order to make the process less complication and to avoid extensive quarantine container fumigation is the best route.  Below are some guidelines to follow:

  • In most cases shipping internationally will require mandatory fumigation and the accompanying certification when wood packing materials are used that contain solid wood or timber (and logs).  This is necessary due to the possible presence of insects that can potentially cause great damage to forests in importing countries.
  • When using timber fumigation is necessary.  This is done using a pesticide treatment to kill pests within the container and accompanying wood packaging where necessary.
  • Some importing countries will not require certification if cardboard, plywood, blockboard, MDF/HDF, particle board and some other man-made boards.  
  • Even in cases where the container is empty fumigation may be necessary to avoid contamination between products shipped.
  • If a shipping container has previously carried soil, plant material or contamination from animal products it must be thoroughly cleaned and fumigated.  This is done inside and outside of internationally shipping containers prior to the international shipment.  

Should I have my Shipping Containers Fumigated?

In shipping internationally time is money.  Having a container cleaned and fumigated could alleviate added expenses caused by extensive quarantine overseas.  


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