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COVID-19 Notice

Dear Valued Partners:

The impact of COVID-19 on the United States is difficult to predict and will be uncertain for the foreseeable future. Out of an abundance of caution, and to ensure business continuity, Degesch America, Inc. has taken numerous  actions to prepare employees and business units to remain healthy and safe.

Currently, we have ample inventory and our supply chain has not been adversely disrupted. We remain in close communication with our suppliers and receive regular updates. We will pass along any possible adverse supply chain impacts to you as they are received.

Degesch America, Inc. understands industry precautionary measures may impact the way we interact over the coming months. We remain committed to ensuring the health of our employees, customers and business partners and the continuance of our products and services.

In a MEMORANDUM ON IDENTIFICATION OF ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE dated March 19, 2020, the US Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency stated:

“If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.”

The memorandum further states that:

The attached list identifies workers who conduct a range of operations and services that are essential to continued critical infrastructure viability, including … food and agriculture, transportation and logistics…”

To view the memorandum in its entirety, click here. 

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has been instrumental in working to ensure that all state and local agencies include pest control services in any list of essential businesses that will be allowed to continue normal operational schedules.  During a March 20, 2020 webinar viewable here,,  NPMA provided guidance for pest control operators during these difficult times.

“NPMA is doing its best to track shelter in place orders.  Click here to view a document that shows which localities have imposed a shelter in place order and also, which states, localities and agencies we have reached out to.”

Degesch America, Inc. is committed to help ensure the quality and viability of the world’s food supply and we will continue to provide the high level of quality and service you have come to expect.

Special Permit Authorization DOT-SP 11329 Extended

DWW PlacardThe Department of Transportation (DOT) Special Permit DOT-SP 11329, first granted to Degesch America, Inc. in 2005 was scheduled to expire on April 30, 2019.  Degesch America, Inc. applied for the renewal of the Special Permit in January, and we are pleased to report, the application has been approved.  Under the terms of the Special Permit, operators transporting our products, Phostoxin®, Magtoxin®, Fumitoxin® and Detiaphos® are exempt from specific DOT regulations under certain conditions.

Operators who meet the requirements of the Special Permit are not required to are not required to affix Hazardous Material placards to their vehicle or possess a Commercial Drivers License to transport less than 21 kg of properly marked products.

The Special Permit can be viewed here: DOT-SP 11329

Updated Gafta Standard for Fumigation 2018

GAFTA_Approved_Fumigator_LogoGafta (The Grain and Feed Trade Association) is the international Association representing the trade and supply of agricultural commodities, animal feed materials, pulses, rice, spices and general produce worldwide.  The Gafta Standard is an independently audited scheme designed to maintain and improve the level of competence of activities related to the trade of agricultural commodities, animal feed materials, pulses, rice, spices and general produce worldwide.

It comprises three Codes of Practice:
• The Gafta Standard for Analysis and Testing
• The Gafta Standard for Fumigation
• The Gafta Standard

The Gafta Standard for Fumigation covers the management and operational procedures of the Fumigator (and his trained representatives) when carrying out the fumigation and degassing of agricultural commodities on a ship, in a store/silo or in freight containers in relation to food/feed safety. It details best practice procedures of the Fumigator within the scope of his responsibility, including the handing over of responsibility to the owner or custodian of the commodity when required.  Certification to the Gafta Standard for Fumigation is a requirement for listing a company on the Gafta Approved Register of Fumigators. Being on the Approved Register enables a fumigation company to carry out its activities under Gafta contract terms.


Summary of Changes in the New Manual

Gafta Fumigation Standard


Degesch America, Inc. is proud to be listed in the Gafta Approved Register of Fumigators 

To find out more about Gafta fumigation procedures, contact us at