New regulation on wooden packaging for shipments to the Canary Islands

Published on 2019-07-11

How to avoid delays and additional costs using plastic pallets as a result of the new, more demanding regulation on wooden packaging for shipments to the Canary Islands.

Many countries require for imports that the pallets entering the destination must comply with the phytosanitary regulations based on the international regulation ISPM-15. This means that those wooden packaging must have been treated according to the ISPM-15, have the corresponding seals, and have the documentation that certifies it.

This order is intended to limit the spread of pests and other organisms harmful to biodiversity that can be housed on pallets and other wooden packaging during, for example, the transport of goods and the storage of said products.

Hardening of the regulations for wooden packaging

Given the importance of continuing to fight against the action of pests in the agricultural sector, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has decided to tighten the phytosanitary regulations and establish specific regulations and requirements when allowing all types of wooden packaging to enter , including pallets, to the autonomous community of the Canary Islands. The entry into force of said law, which aims to prevent the penetration of microorganisms harmful to the island's ecosystem, is scheduled to come into force in October 2019.

Regulations published in the BOE and postponement

Therefore, taking into account the strict phytosanitary measures that are being applied to packaging and specifically to wooden pallets in order to protect the environment, the environment and the crops from possible pests and insects during their production, storage, distribution and transport, what other logistics alternatives can companies adopt?

Undoubtedly a resistant and light one, which also reduces export procedures by not requiring phytosanitary treatments or NIMF-15 certificates: plastic pallets, do you want to know why?

The demands in exports regarding the requirements that wooden pallets must meet with the innumerable advantages of the plastic pallet are more than enough reasons to be adopted by the industry, but they are not the only ones. Next, from Naeco, previously Nortpalet we expose you some of the most outstanding ones. So, take note!

International recommendations on the use of pallets

Wooden pallets can absorb moisture easily and end up becoming a dangerous nest for pests, bacteria, fungi, and many other microorganisms. Given these recommendations, there is no doubt that the plastic pallet turns out to be the company's best ally and, consequently, it is the most hygienic, healthy, and efficient option for your product.

These plastic pallets, as they are solutions specially designed for export, such as the plastic pallet models of the Basic range, become a perfect packaging due to their lightness and nestability in addition to complying with the requirements of the ISPM-15. In many cases, these pallets are cheaper solutions than wood.


Undoubtedly, a fundamental property that plastic pallets offer and that we need to have if we want to keep the product dry, away from pests and in perfect condition for longer.

Therefore, if you want to comply with the phytosanitary regulations in your exports, not incur additional costs and that your products arrive in good condition and without delays, bet on Naeco’s, (previously Nortpalet) plastic pallets. You will achieve both considerably reduce the time and economic costs of your company and take better care of your merchandise throughout the supply chain.

Do you need more info? Contact us. At Naeco, previously Nortpalet, we will advise you in a totally personalized way, adapting at all times to your logistics activity.