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Fumigating items in a shipment is more important than we think it is. Often at times an inconvenience and lengthening the shipping procedure, the process of fumigation ensures the biodiversity of the destination is protected by eliminating pests or diseases from entering the country.

In the global cargo transportation industry, importing countries make fumigation compulsory for wood-packing materials that contain solid wood/timber and logs. But importing countries do not require fumigation for cardboard boxes, plywood, blockboard, hardboard, particle board, and some other human-made boards. It is necessary to fumigate solid timer and logs before the international shipping, as well as having to fumigate the pallets itself that are being used. Otherwise, those harmful insects more than likely will cause damage to the nature in importing countries.

There are other items that require fumigation such as trees, fauna and flora, as well as animal products, such as animal hide etc.

Fumigation is executed by suffocating or poisoning the pest within an area of specified space by using fumigants. A fumigation certificate is issued by the fumigator by obtaining approval for fumigation from a licensing authority.

In the case where a fumigation certificate is not present the shipment will be refused by the destination country or in more extreme cases must be destroyed.

“It is important to always make sure you have all relevant paperwork in order to ensure a problem free shipment, should you require any assistance, speak to a freight forwarder, such as Pioneer Freight, to assist you” says Jan Pretorius, of Pioneer Freight.