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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.
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Title Annotation:Western Wood Products Association
Publication:Forest Products Journal
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2002
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