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Quarantine Fumigation

In today’s economy, it is a common practise for businesses to transport goods and commodities between countries via shipment or aircraft. In the process of goods import or export, it provides pests many opportunities to infest the cargo and enter into the country. Quarantine fumigation is conducted to keep these disease carrying pests from doing so.

Quarantine fumigation is required based on cargo carried and countries export to. There are mainly 2 quarantine fumigation carried out in Malaysia:

Container Fumigation

 Fumigating shipping containers are usually a standard protocol for many countries to ensure pests do not enter their country, as it is feared to carry diseases. There are 2 types of container fumigation, which categories by the volume of shipment goods.

Full Container Load Fumigation

A Full Container Load (FCL) fumigation is commonly conducted for goods and packaging export. The exported goods loaded within the shipping container will be fumigated and the gas will be held for a minimum period before being ventilated. Lastly, the doors will be sealed and only then the container is allowed to be dispatched.

A fumigation certificate is subsequently issued for the treated contents and the container. Depending on the destination of the cargo and whether it contains wood packaging material (WPM), relevant fumigation standards are followed by the fumigator during treatment.

Loose Container Load Fumigation

A Loose Container Load (LCL) fumigation is easily distinguished because it is too small to occupy an entire container. Therefore in a same container, the cargo will travels with other LCL items belonging to other owners.

For fumigation purposes, the cargo is kept separate from others. The fumigation is conducted on-site, usually at the forwarding agent’s premises. The items are treated with fumigant under gas proof sheeting for a minimum period before being ventilated.

A fumigation certificate is subsequently issued for the treated goods. It is then loaded into the container depending on destination and whether it contains wood packaging material (WPM), relevant fumigation standards are applied by the fumigator in this treatment.

Vessel Fumigation

 Pest infestation is not uncommon on-board vessels and ships, it is essential to take charge of the situation to eliminate pests especially rats, as part of legal requirements. Prior conducting vessel fumigation, it is necessary to vacate risk areas and ensure that effort has been made to seal all openings to prevent the fumigant (Methyl Bromide) used from escaping.

Re-entry into the fumigation area is only allowed when it has been declared safe and free of gas by the fumigators-in-charge. This is after tests are carried out to confirm the gas concentration level is below OES (Occupational Exposure Standard).

Why Rentokil Fumigation?

  • Licensed Fumigators - Our team of fumigators are licensed by the Malaysia Fumigation Accreditation Scheme (MAFAS) and are highly-trained to advise exporters on ways to protect their shipments

  • Deliver Service Promise - At Rentokil we are committed to bringing value through our offerings from tailored solutions, online reporting to supporting audits for our customers

  • Safety & Health Standards Compliant - Our team of fumigators are well trained to work the highest level of safety standards to ensure jobs are carried out safely

  • Effective & Safe Service - We are committed to ensure that fumigation is carried out

    • effectively by ensuring the fumigants are properly exposed
    • safely by allowing a minimum ventilation period of 24 hours before release


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