To comply, we must treat our containers prior to export with either:
- Methyl Bromide, or
- Sulfuryl Fluoride, or
- Heat Treatment.
Therefore, the logical, safest and only option for our oak barrels, casks and oak adjuncts is the careful application of heat treatment, rather than chemical treatment.
This process will be completed prior to export from Europe or USA. It is a low level heat treatment – 56°C for 30 minutes. This process has been assessed by the cooperages and results indicate this will not affect the integrity of the barrels.
This will impact on the shipment time to Australia and may add 3 to 4 weeks to the shipment time. As a result of the BMSB measures there will be minimal, additional costs incurred that must be shared across the industry.
We ask that you are patient, as the treatment measures mean that delivery times are slightly extended. You may mitigate any possible delays by placing your orders slightly earlier than usual.