Program readied for wood packing materials exported to Europe. (Codes, Standards, & Regulations).
The Western Wood Products Association (WWPA) is now offering
western mills a new grade stamp for lumber used in making pallets,
crating, and other wood packing materials destined for Europe. The
European Union has adopted new regulations requiring all
non-manufactured wood packing materials to meet heat-treating standards.
The American Lumber Standard Committee, Inc. (ALSC), in cooperation with
USDA APHIS and other industry groups, approved a policy in May 2001 that
allows lumber mills to incorporate the designation "KD-HT" in
grade-marks. Under the new guidelines, WWPA can issue KD-HT grade stamps
to mills that kiln-dry lumber and achieve a core temperature of 56
degrees Centigrade for 30 minutes. Additional information on the
European regulations for heat treated solid wood packing materials is
available on the WWPA website at www.wwpa.org/heattreat.htm.