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Best Practices for Ensuring ISPM-15 Compliance of Export Packaging

International shipping of palletized cargo generally requires compliance with plant health guidelines designed to limit the spread of pests around the globe.  And if you follow these guidelines (ISPM-15), you can ensure that any wood pallets, crates or dunnage that you manfacture or use are compliant.

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Case Study: Matrix Gemini LIMS Helps Biomass Energy Lab Deliver Accurate Test Results In A Timely Manner

The introduction of a specifically configured Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) has transformed the efficiency of a busy biomass lab. Eliminating the use of spreadsheets for sample tracking has simplified data retrieval while other LIMS functionality has facilitated ISO17025 compliance. 

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TP & CSI Merger

Timber Products Inspection, Inc. (TP) and the Canadian Softwood Inspection Agency, Inc. (CSI), dba Macdonald Inspection Services (MI), are pleased to announce that effective May 3, 2016, the two companies have merged.  This merger joins two companies with high level auditing and testing resources with the intention of providing innovative and professional services to clients in both the U.S. and Canada. 


TP and CSI hold similar business philosophies which include a high level of customer service, visible product recognition, leading edge auditing & testing services, and overall commitment to quality.  David Reekie, President of CSI, and his staff will continue working with CSI’s subscribers, and the merger will provide additional depth in products and services for growth into the Canadian market. 

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Meeting Update

AWPA Executive Committee Meeting Update

The AWPA Executive Committee (EC) has ratified proposal T05-T2-U1, which dealt with the requirement to use ground contact retentions in above ground applications under certain circumstances. The effective date will be the publication date of the 2016 Book of Standards. According to AWPA, the expected publication date is May or June 2016.

As a reminder, ICC-ES adopted this proposal into AC 326 at its October 2015 meeting in Birmingham, AL. The implementation date for ICC-ES products is July 15, 2016.

TP will continue to keep you updated on any new developments.

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Timber Products Training Services

TPTS stands for Timber Products Training Services. TP offers hands-on grade rule training. TP specializes in bringing our services onsite to work with your employees. We use a combination of classroom training and hands-on lumber sampling to maximize the experience. We offer levels for beginner and intermediate graders. We also have a training course tailored for your sales team, so they can know the basics of the grades in addition to the rules of the road regarding transaction disputes.

TPTS could also stand for Timber Products Technological Services. TP is proud to announce our services for full grade optimization support. Have you ever made a price change in your grade optimizer and ended up with a shed full of a product that you didn’t intend to produce? If so, you probably fixed that problem in a hurry, but what about all of the other smaller collateral problems that stem from tweaks to the settings along the way? Our new service will provide a comprehensive (Current State) review of the entire optimization process, focused specifically on making sure our subscribers are maximizing the value of their grade optimization. TP delivers this service on-site and will provide the tools and training necessary to ensure that your staff can sustain the knowledge and technical skill-set needed for the continuous improvement of grade optimization. In addition to this initial service, TP will extend its partnership with subscribers by providing a single mill or multi-mill auditing program focused on your specific, “Key Business Metrics” to further ensure sustainability.

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Notice to U.S. Exporters: Altering Certified Wood Packaging Materials

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) reminds U.S. exporters not to alter certified wood packaging material in any way or mix it with other, noncertified materials. Individuals or companies who alter certified wood packaging material and distribute the altered product are not in compliance with APHIS regulations and the “International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No 15, Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade” (ISPM 15).

United States exporters who use noncompliant materials may be subject to international fees, fines, and possible bans by our trading partners. Repair and remanufacture companies producing and distributing noncompliant wood packaging material could be held liable by the exporter and/or prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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TP is on Social Media

Timber Products joins social media!  Connect with TP using any of the sites below:


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TP Joins the Railway Tie Association

Timber Products has joined the Railway Tie Association (RTA) to assist in the research and development of railway ties. The RTA was organized in 1919 with the mission to provide continual improvements in the life cycles of wood crosstie systems. Timber Products Analytical Laboratory is a member of the Research and Development Committee and will provide support in field and analytical research. For more information regarding the Railway Tie Association, please visit www.rta.org.

If Timber Products can assist in the inspection and evaluation of any wood crosstie systems, please contact Chris Barber at 770-922-8000 ext. 302.

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TP Physical Lab Continues Expansion

Timber Products Physical Lab continues to expand its operations.  The equipment pictured below is used for testing wood packaging material to industry standards and specifications.  We have also join the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) and perform tests to a variety of these standards as well.  The information generated from our lab can be extremely beneficial to a company's sales and marketing efforts.  If your customer has technical requirements for the wood packaging material they purchase, we have the ability to test your product to generate the required information you need.  Whether it's testing to established or proprietary standards, Timber Products has the flexibility to meet your needs and we welcome the opportunity to be of service to you.  For more information contact Darin Thompson, Physical Lab Manager at 678-262-7271 or email to dthompson@tpinspection.com.  

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New Section in Regulations for Dunnage

The American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC) has created a new section in their regulations related to dunnage.  This section will state as follows:

1.5.1 Dunnage, as defined by ISPM 15 is wood packaging material used to secure or support a commodity but which does not remain associated with the commodity.  As dunnage is a wood packaging product available as an individual piece of lumber it is a product with special considerations.  Those considerations are:

  1. Dunnage is not intended for use in the construction of wood packaging material pallets, crates, boxes, etc.
  2. The seller shall inform its customers of the requirements of its use.
  3. When improper use of dunnage is encountered, the agency shall take corrective action with the producer and, if necessary, the customer or owner.  If for any reason the improper use is not corrected, the agency under whose supervision the dunnage was produced shall, at a minimum, notify the producer and the customer or owner of their responsibilities should any damages and liability arise from the improper use of dunnage.

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