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ISPM-15 Compliant Export Crating

Wooden Boxes & Custom Crating


DGM provides crating services for New Jersey, Newark International Airport (EWR), and John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK). Our reach extends as far out as Valley Stream and Springfield Gardens in Long Island. As restricted article (RA) specialists who also provide crating services, we are one of the only one-stop packaging stops on the east coast.

Wooden crates are an excellent solution when an item to be shipped requires greater stability and protection than what corrugated cardboard packaging can offer. DGM can create custom designed crates for your shipment so that it arrives to its destination safely and free from damage. Our experts take all aspects of the items needs into consideration, from its weight and dimensions to its fragility and mode of transportation. We then select the best possible method for packing and securing the shipment.


All of our crates, boxes, and wood fabricated products are designed on the industry leading Crate Pro 6 software. This allows for our staff to utilize the most cost effect designs for each situation while keeping material costs down, which means more cost-effective, environmentally friendly wooden boxes.


We also have for sale in our online store a wide selection of pre-fabricated, knockdown, and export compliant boxes. These boxes offer excellent protection and are an affordable option for shipping when compared to customized crates.


ISPM-15/IPPC Compliant

Wooden Crates and Boxes

  • Custom Designed Crating

  • UN Specification Wooden Boxes

  • Re-usable Crates

  • MIL-SPEC Boxes

  • Static Sensitive - Electronics Packaging

  • Open Slat Crates and Full Wooden Crates

  • Crating and Skidding of Motorcycles and Automobiles

Additional Packaging Options

  • Marine and Industrial Shrink Film

  • Stretch wrap

  • Vacuum Packing

  • Barrier Bag & Desiccant Option Ensures Protection

  • Vacuum Sealing, MIL-C-131 class I, II & III

  • Shockwatch, Tip N’ Tell, heat, freeze and even humidity monitoring options

  • Anti-static Bubble Wrap and foam


Are motorcycles, cars, jet skis, and other engine related items considered hazmat when shipping?

The short answer is yes. In almost every configuration and situation a lawnmower, motorcycle, automobile, or any other object with an engine that is powered by a flammable liquid or gas is regulated for air transport (IATA) and ocean transport (IMDG code).

DGM’s staff has prepared thousands of these shipments. For further questions about shipping your motorcycle, jet ski, snow mobile, car, or other engine related item, please contact DGM.

Motorcycle crating and packing is a daily activity at DGM. We have prepared $250,000 custom motorcycles for Orange County Choppers. We crate any two wheel or three wheel trike for transportation with the utmost care and attention to detail.

Wooden overpack crate with metal banding, custom fabricated to meet the customer’s requirements. This is just one example of the many creative packaging solutions we can offer our customers.

An MRI magnet prepared for shipment. While shipping a heavy, expensive, fragile, and hazardous object such as this sounds complicated, it is actually a common place occurrence at DGM New York.

An example of onsite crating of large manufacturing equipment.  DGM New York can provide onsite crating options for your shipment.  

United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

What does ISPM15 stand for?


The International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures Guidelines

for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade (ISPM15) is

one of several International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures adopted

by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). The IPPC is an international treaty to secure action to prevent the spread and introduction of pests of plants and plant products, and to promote appropriate measures for their control. ISPM15 is a standard on which many countries WPM regulations are based upon.

What is wood packaging material?


Wood packaging material or WPM is also called Non-Manufactured Wood Packing (NMWP) or Solid Wood Packing Material (SWPM) defined as "hardwood and softwood packaging other than that comprised wholly of wood-based products such as plywood, particle board, oriented strand board, veneer, wood wool, etc., which has been created using glue, heat, and pressure or a combination thereof used in supporting, protecting or carrying a commodity (includes dunnage)."

Examples of WPM includes but not limited to pallets, skids, pallet collars, containers, cratings/crates, boxes, cases, bins, reels, drums, load boards, dunnage. Wood packaging made of exempt materials but combined with solid wood components must still be treated and marked.

What is a quality/treatment mark?


For both heat treatment (HT) and methyl bromide (MB) fumigation programs , the quality/treatment Mark consists of the a) agency trademark which is the identifying symbol, logo or name of the accredited agency, b) the Facility Identification which is the WPM product manufacturer name, brand or assigned facility number, c) the HT or MB mark, d) the country code which is the two letter ISO country abbreviation, e) the IPPC Approved international symbol for compliant wood packaging material and f) DUN when indication is used for dunnage.

Can I make my own ISPM15 mark?


No, you have to be registered with one of the accredited inspection agencies. Here are links for the list of inspection agencies:


Is there a listing of lumber mills whereby heat treated lumber may be purchased?


APHIS does not have information pertaining to lumber mills providing HT marked wood. Heat treated lumber with the required HT stamp must first be requested of the mill. It is the HT stamp that the inspection agency facilities will first be looking for when applying the grading agency official mark to the assembled product.


Is my WPM required to be heat treated and fumigated?


No, under the ISPM15 standard WPM is required to be either Heat Treated to 56 degrees C to the core for 30 minutes or fumigated with Methyl Bromide to the schedule in the ISPM15 document.

Is there an expiration date once my WPM has been either heat treated or fumigated?

The intent of the ISPM15 standard is that once the WPM is treated and officially marked the treatment does not expire. Thus, you can reuse WPM without requiring retreatment and remarking.

WPM that has been repaired or recycled is required to be either fumigated or heat treated again. The old mark is required to be obliterated with a new mark applied by one of the inspection agencies.


Where can I find information pertaining to what countries have or may adopt regulations based on the ISPM15 standard?


This information may be accessed at the following site: Countries Requiring ISPM 15


Are exports of WPM to Hawaii, Puerto Rico and other U.S. Trust Territories required to be treated and given the ISPM15 mark?




Some countries are asking for phytosanitary certificates to be issued for WPM. Does the U.S. issue a phytosanitary (plant health) certificate for WPM?


No, it is against APHIS policy to issue a phytosanitary certificate for WPM used in the transport of commodities. If the WPM is the cargo, only then can a phytosanitary certificate be issued.


How can I ensure that my dunnage is compliant with the importing countries requirements?

Contact one of the inspection agencies under either the Heat Treatment or Fumigation Programs to obtain information on obtaining treated and officially marked dunnage.


My wood packaging materials are made up of hardwood. Is hardwood WPM required to be treated and officially marked?


Hardwood WPM is required to be treated and officially marked.

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