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Old 04-21-2017, 08:32 AM
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It's a relatively new requirement for international shipping.

ISPM 15 affects all wood packaging material (pallets, crates, dunnages, etc.) requiring that they be debarked and then heat treated or fumigated with methyl bromide and stamped or branded, with a mark of compliance. This mark of compliance is colloquially known as the "wheat stamp".
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Old 04-21-2017, 03:31 PM
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Not surprised. The stones that used to come to studio yrs ago from India, then China, grew fungus & mold that looked like sci-fi terror stuff. We avoided getting scratched when opening the nailed crates or paid for it. I am still very leery about such wood and crating materials.

The stink bugs are a real pain. We had enough hard freeze in Winter 2015-2016 here in SC to have a relatively low stink bug problem last summer. This winter was very mild, so I expect their numbers will boom this summer. They are very destructive to vine fruits. They pierce the seeds when fruit (grapes and muscadines) is young. Before they mature, the damaged fruit simply drops off the vine. Just bump the plant or trellis and the fruit falls off like rain. I've got a lot of muscadine vines. Not cool.

It's all probably nuisance warfare/terrorism via invasive species being inflicted upon us by our friendly Free Trade competitors overseas...

Anyways- you did a great job with the last shipment, Peter. I have found no bugs, kooties, mold or fungus on my new wheel!
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Old 04-21-2017, 06:49 PM
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Peter has informed me that the current fourth order has been sold out and he is finishing the shipping crate in a manner that might pre-empt the holding and inspecting and 'de-bugging' that has occasionally held up the delivery once the crate has arrived in the US.
This is great! I can't wait to get mine. I need to go ahead and order my wheels.
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