A pallet recycler in New Hampshire faces a major civil lawsuit over its alleged misuse of certification marks owned by the Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (NELMA). These stamps are used to certify that wood packaging has been treated according to the ISPM-15 international compliance standard.
According to court records, stamp irregularities were discovered this summer by NELMA field inspectors and traced back to the alleged company. 30 to 40 cases of fraud have been reported since the implementation of ISPM-15. Investigators have gotten better at tracking down mark fraud. Government agents can impound pallets, confiscate stamps, impound vehicles, and levy stiff fines.
To protect themselves, pallet users should always request proof that a pallet company is part of an official export packaging program. Lovett Pallet is one of few central Indiana pallet recyclers with its own kiln to heat treat for ISPM-15 and uses Carolina Inspection Service to ensure ISPM-15 compliance.