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Argentina implemented ISPM15 on 1 January 2006. To view notification (in Spanish)
Australia – UK exporters are advised that the Australian Quarantine requirements prohibit the entry of wood products infected with non indigenous bluestain. It should be noted that treatment in accordance with ISPM 15 specifications is not lethal to bluestain fungi, and in fact heat treatment in the absence of moisture reduction is likely to increase susceptibility to infection.
Our advice, therefore, is to use only wood packaging material which, in addition to having been either heat treated or fumigated to ISPM 15 specifications, has additionally been kiln-dried to below 20% moisture content. This may be indicated by the mark ‘KD’ or ‘kiln-dried’ on the wood (including dunnage), but it must not be included within the border of the ISPM 15 mark. As any timber, including kiln dried material, has a tendency absorb condensation during long voyages in a freight container, kiln drying does not guarantee that bluestain infection will not develop.
Australia – has published Notice 30 Introduction of mandatory treatment requirements for all solid wood packaging and dunnage, effective 1 January 2006. From that date Australia has begun to phase in mandatory treatment requirements for all solid wood packaging and dunnage.Australia implemented ISPM15 in September 2004, but not in respect of WPM used in air cargo. From 1 January 2006, Australia will require all WPM and dunnage to be ISPM15 compliant and marked. In addition, all WPM and dunnage must be bark-free and, if fumigated, the exposure time must be 24hours, not 16 hours as in ISPM15 (under review). The UKWPMMP already requires that fumigation is carried out over 24 hours. (Updated 21 September 2005).
During the phase in period, until 1 May 2006, there will be no changes to the quarantine clearance arrangements for containerised sea-freight packaging timber. The FCL/FCX and LCL Broker Accreditation Schemes will continue as normal.
During this phase, however, AQIS will monitor compliance with the new treatment requirements for wood packaging associated with imported break-bulk and air cargo. Break bulk and air cargo consignments will be subject to surveillance by AQIS and stickers alerting importers to the new treatment requirements will be placed on cargo that does not bear ISPM15 treatment stamps. (Updated 22 February 2006).
(AQIS) formally implemented ISPM15 alongside their existing regulations with effect from 1 September 2004. This action gives exporters a choice of treatment options to choose and is mainly for the benefit of countries that do not have ISPM15 compliant wood marking programmes in place yet. Details of the new rules are set out in AQIS Notice to Industry No 19 . To view examples of AQIS supplier/packer declarations, (full/less than full container loads).
The declarations can be completed by the Exporter as AQIS have confirmed that their reference to ‘Suppliers’ also eant ‘Exporters’. Suppliers (i.e. the exporters) do not need to put UKWPMMP/ISPM 15 unique registration numbers on the packing declarations. the only number that is required is a numerical to link between the declaration and the container/shipment. The intention is for the supplier to fill out the declaration as they are the ones that AQIS will be targeting for increased surveillance/profiling if surveillance shows a problem.
We have been advised that AQIS has no quarantine concerns with packing made solely of reconstituted wood products. Reconstituted wood products are those that no longer contain solid wood as a result of the manufacturing process and include particleboard, chipboard, masonite, oriented strand board, medium and high density fibreboard. AQIS have published the following Public Quarantine Alerts which wood and exporters using packaging materials made from processed wood products should familiarise themselves with –
PQA0389 – Importation of peeler cores as packaging or dunnage
PQA0390 – Amended import conditions for panel products
PQA0404 – Changed import requirements for packing made solely from reconstituted wood products (includes particleboard, chipboard, masonite, oriented strand board (OSB), medium and high density fibreboard).
All of these PQA’s can be viewed on AQIS’s site.
Documentation requirements for clearance of imported cargo
Please find the Industry Notice 61/2009 from the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) relating to documentation requirements for the clearance of imported cargo. Note that Australia no longer requires a “Newly Manufactured Plywood Declaration” for plywood/veneer packaging material. This is with immediate effect. (Updated 13 November 2009).
In case of queries, contact:
Timber and Timber Products National Co-ordination Centre
Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS)
Import conditions for bulk imports of plywood are provided in the AQIS Import Conditions database ICON.
Full details of the above guidance can be viewed in AQIS’s Cargo Containers – Quarantine aspects and procedures manual which is updated on a regular basis.
Examples of treatment certificates and packaging declarations required by AQIS can be found on their website at –
Australia adopts ISPM15 bark tolerance for imports of wood packaging material wef 1 July 2010.
Following the adoption of the revised version of the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures Publication No. 15: Regulation of Wood Packaging Material in International Trade (ISPM 15) in April 2009, Biosecurity Services Group (BSG) undertook to review Australias requirement for bark freedom on solid wood packaging material. >From 1 July 2010 Australia will accept solid wood packaging material that is treated and marked as ISPM 15 compliant and meets the bark tolerance requirements defined in the revised ISPM 15 standard. This requires that solid wood packaging material be debarked, but allows a tolerance for small pieces of bark that have not been completely removed during milling.
This tolerance for bark will also apply to solid wood packaging treated with other AQIS approved treatments. The bark free declaration is still required but the ISPM 15 tolerance limits apply. Any wood packaging and dunnage exceeding the ISPM 15 bark tolerance limit will be subject to treatment, export or destruction at the importers expense.
Bangladesh has implemented ISPM15 and is now a landing requirement. More information to follow.
Bolivia implemented ISPM15 on 24 July 2005. To view the WTO notification (in Spanish) dated 24th May 2005.
Brazil has confirmed that it will accept wood packaging material with the IPPC mark as the phytosanitary certification. To see correspondence from the Embassy of Brazil.
Bulgaria will require wood packaging material and dunnage import, which includes all EU member States, to comply with ISPM15 from 1 June 2006 but as of 1 January 2007 when Bulgaria becomes a member of the European Community, WPM from other member States need not comply, as it will then be regarded as intra-Community movement.
Canada – Starting September 16th 2005 Canada, the United States and Mexico will increase the enforcement of the ISPM 15 Standard on all Wood Packaging material entering their borders. In the past, non-compliant shipments were allowed in Canada, and notification letters from CFIA were sent to the NPPO officials (through Post) to advise them of the violations. This initial voluntary period will expire on Sept 15th, and Canada will begin stepping up its enforcement in three phases.
Phase 1 September 16: Canada will refuse entry on shipments found to have infested wood packaging (during this preliminary period, only signs of infestation would prevent entry of shipments) with the exception of ship’s dunnage. Ship’s dunnage will be treated or disposed if non-compliant (i.e. with signs of living pests, or no ISPM15 mark, or no Phytosanitary Certificate).Phase 2 February 1, 2006: Canada will refuse entry for any wood packaging found to be non-compliant (i.e. with signs of living pests, or no ISPM15 mark, or no Phytosanitary Certificate) with the exception of ship’s dunnage. Ship’s dunnage will be treated or disposed if non-compliant.Phase 3 July 1, 2006: Canada will refuse entry on all wood packaging materials including ship’s dunnage found to be non-compliant.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Directive D-98-08 (5th Revision) will be updated soon. To view the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Q & A Canada announces new timber import requirements details can be viewed in The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Directive D-98-08 (7th Revision) . To view the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Q & A.
Chile implemented ISPM 15 on 1 June 2005. To view their notification. Note: further details of the Chilean requirements will be posted later.
China – officially implemented ISPM15 on 1st of January 2006
Exports to China – Issues over the ‘Re-Use’ of Wood Packaging Material – Update (2 August 2011)
At the end of June we advised UKWPMMP members of an issue in China whereby AQSIQ inspectors were intercepting consignments from Europe because articles of wood packaging material were being found to have country ISO codes within ISPM15 marks that did not relate to the country of re-export. The example given involved a German ‘DE’ marked pallet which had been air-freighted to China from Austria (AT) and therefore it was deemed to be non-complaint.
Having raised the issue as a Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) matter with the Chinese Authorities as one in which their approach did not reflect the guidance provided in ISPM15 regarding the re-use of wood packaging material, the European Commission has advised us that the matter has now been resolved and AQSIQ representatives have provided the following statement –
‘Wood packaging material
AQSIQ agrees with the EU interpretation of ISPM 15, they will issue a notice to CIQs to clarify that wood packaging material ISPM compliant can be accepted even if its origin is not from the country of expedition. EU should signal problems if they remain.’
UK exporters are therefore asked to note that the problem has been resolved but that they should continue to report any instances where barriers to export of compliant ISPM15 wood packaging material remain in China.
Exports to China – Issues over the ‘Re-Use’ of Wood Packaging Material (June 23rd 2011)
We have recently been made aware via a major international freight forwarding company that AQSIQ inspectors in China are intercepting consignments from Europe because articles of wood packaging material are being found to have country ISO codes within the ISPM. 15 mark that do not relate to the country of re-export. The example given involved a German ‘DE’ marked pallet which had been air-freighted to China from Austria (AT) and therefore it was deemed to be non-complaint.
Through its contacts with the British Embassy in Beijing the Forestry Commission’s Plant Health Service advised AQSIQ representatives in China that as para 4.3.1 of ISPM 15 makes it clear that if an article of wood packaging material is simply being ‘re-used’ and shipped from one country to another and then another – no further official intervention is required. It is only in instances where the WPM is being repaired or remanufactured that official intervention in the form of re-treatment or remarking is necessary.
In their response AQSIQ officials commented that wood packaging material must be re-treated and re-marked in the country of re-export, regardless the fact that it was treated and marked in the country of origin before.
Given the difference of opinion on the ‘re-use’ definition for wood packaging material within ISPM15, which is affecting exporters in a number of EU member States, the UK’s National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO) is liaising with the European Commission with a view to raising the matter as a challenge through Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) or bilateral processes.
Whilst the process of an EC or bilateral challenge is being considered, UKWPMMP members are advised to note the situation and to inform their exporting clients of the fact that articles of wood packaging material bearing a country ISO Code within the ISPM15 mark, which does not relate to the country of re-export, then AQSIQ Inspectors may intercept it and order remedial fumigation action.
The Forestry Commission’s Plant Health Service will advise UKWPMMP members, via TIMCON, of the outcome of any EC or bilateral challenge to China as soon as the results are known.
The Forestry Commission has decided to cease issuing phytosanitary Certificates for ISPM15 Wood material, from immediate effect. Please read information above.
Colombia – has implemented ISPM15 via Resolution No. 01074.
Costa Rica – implemented ISPM15 on 19 March 2006. To view notification (in Spanish).
Cuba – will implement ISPM15 on 1st October 2008. To view notification.
Dominican Republic – implemented ISPM15 on 1 July 2006. To view notification (in Spanish).
Ecuador – has implemented of ISPM15 with effect from 1 July 2006. See details of Resolution (in Spanish).
Egypt – implemented ISPM15 on 1 October 2005. To view WTO notification.
EU – From 1 March 2005 new landing requirements apply for wood, wood products and wooden packaging material arriving in the European Community from all countries, except Switzerland. The landing requirement does not apply to wood, wood products and wooden packaging material which is simply moving from one EU member State to another. Additionally there is no phytosanitary certificate requirement for wooden packaging material arriving in the EC , which is ISPM15 compliant as the certification is provided via the ISPM15 wood mark.
The new rules, which are set out in Council Directive 2004/102/EC, will be incorporated into our national legislation as quickly as possible, once the final implementing details are agreed in Brussels.
For most wood products, the existing requirements will continue to apply. New treatment options, such as heat treatment for all conifer wood, regardless of country of origin, have been agreed AND THESE WILL BE ACCEPTED in Great Britain from 1 March.
More detailed information regarding the new treatment options as provided in the ‘Wood Package’ summary note (issued December 2003) can be viewed by clicking here
Wood packaging material (WPM) will also be affected following EU implementation of ISPM 15 on 1 March. From that date, all WPM, such as boxes, crates, pallets, which are made using any unmanufactured wood products, MUST meet the new requirements and be either heat treated or fumigated with Methyl bromide under an officially approved programme and carry the internationally agreed mark. WPM comprised entirely of manufactured wood products such as plywood, particle board, oriented strand board or similar is EXEMPT, and need not be treated or marked.
Note: the requirement in Directive 2004/102/EC that all WPM must be made from debarked wood has been suspended for one year ie until 1st March 2006 and WILL NOT therefore be enforced. Directive 2005/15/EC dated 28th February 2004 provides details of this amendment.
Emergency measures: In the meantime the emergency measures covering WPM from Canada, China, Japan and the USA will remain in place, pending review. This means coniferous WPM from these countries must be heat treated, chemically pressure impregnated or Methyl bromide fumigated and marked (and from China, only, be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate). In addition, non-coniferous WPM from China must be EITHER bark-free and free of insect bore holes > 3 mm across OR kiln-dried.
For all WPM manufactured after 28 February 2005, the mark must also include the IPPC1 logo –
1 IPPC – International Plant Protection Convention, FAO Rome
For WPM manufactured before that date, and until 31 December 2007, the mark need only contain the country code, the producer code and the treatment code. After 1 January 2008, all WPM will need to have the full ISPM 15 mark, including the IPPC logo
From 1 March 2005, and until 31 December 2007, all dunnage must either be bark-free, free of pests and signs of live pests OR be heat treated or fumigated with Methyl bromide and carry the ISPM 15 mark incorporating the country code, the producer code and the treatment code. For treated and marked dunnage there is no requirement for the wood to be debarked until 1 March 2006. After 1 January 2008, all dunnage will need to have the full ISPM 15 mark, including the IPPC logo.
This information is correct at the time of publication and will be updated as required.
Portugal Latest Information (26th June 2009):
EU Standing Committee on Plant Health advise of a temporary derogation (1st January 2010) from the emergency measures (outlined below) against pine wood nemotode.
Emergency measures to prevent the spread of Pine Wood Nematode from Portugal
Controls apply to the export from Portugal of conifer wood products, including logs, sawn wood, chips, bark and wood packaging material such as boxes, crates pallets and the like which originated there. These are set out in Commission Decision 2006/133/EC and its various amendments (link http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2006:052:0034:0038:EN:PDF ). Wood Packaging Material (WPM) manufactured in Portugal from conifer wood has had to meet the requirements of ISPM 15, the international phytosanitary standard covering WPM which demands that it be treated (or fumigated with Methyl bromide) and stamped with the ISPM 15 mark which shows the country of production, a unique producer code and the code for the treatment used i.e. ‘HT’ or ‘MB’.
Despite these measures, many Member States have reported detecting PWN in WPM arriving from Portugal, sometimes on unmarked WPM so it has not been possible to tell where it was made, and in order to avoid the possibility that untreated Portuguese WPM ‘slips thorough the net’ the rules have been further amended. From 16 June 2009 all WPM made from conifer wood exported from Portugal will need to meet ISPM 15 requirements. This includes WPM made from conifer wood imported into Portugal from the other Member States and then re-used for subsequent exports.
Although there is no legal obligation to use ISPM15 compliant WPM for goods shipped into Portugal from any other Member State, we strongly advise exporters in the UK to consider using treated and ISPM 15 marked WPM, regardless of wood type, wherever possible so as to ensure that there are no delays in delivering goods. This will be particularly important where the consignor expects to have the WPM returned, either empty or used to carry other goods. Many importers in Portugal are expected to demand the use of ISPM 15 WPM by their suppliers, so as to avoid the need to otherwise dispose of and replace WPM for subsequent use. The Portuguese authorities have confirmed that they do not have sufficient heat treatment capacity to deal with untreated imported WPM, and destruction appears to be the only alternative. Our advice covers all WPM regardless of wood type because of the difficulty in determining wood species, especially where more than one species is used in the manufacture of WPM. In cases of doubt, we can expect at least a delay in shipping while checks are carried out. This may well lead to increased costs.
Under the new procedures, all Member States will now be required to carry out routine checks on wood and wood packaging material imported into their country from Portugal. These checks can be carried out at any place where the material may be present and not necessarily confined to the point of entry (port or airport). The Forestry Commission plans to continue with spot checks on some goods as they arrive, where practicable, and will also be visiting importers to check on WPM used to ship goods from Portugal. We already carry out spot checks on wood shipped from Portugal. We do not, however, plan to place unnecessary burdens on business and will not, for example, be imposing inspection fees as we do for imports from non-EU countries. In the event that non-compliant wood or WPM is found, the occupier of the premises or the person in charge of the material will, however, be responsible for any remedial action deemed necessary. Those placing orders with Portuguese suppliers are strongly advised to make it a contractual requirement that only ISPM 15 compliant WPM is used and binding suppliers to meet any costs arising out of a failure to do so. The European Commission has also indicated that it plans to propose extending the use of ISPM15 to regulate WPM used in all intra-Community trade. This is subject to negotiations with the wood packaging industry which currently does not have sufficient treatment capacity across the EU to meet such a demand.
See also: Press Release issued 24 April 2009 by the EU Directorate General Communication (Click here)
Guatemala – implemented ISPM15 on 25 January 2005. To view WTO notification. Note Details of the Guatemalan requirements will be provided as soon as they are published.
Guyana – The relevant authority has advised that it has implemented ISPM15. Unfortunately we are unable to publish any official document as the notification was made by email to the Forestry Commission.
Honduras – implemented ISPM15 on 25 February. To view WTO notification.
Hong Kong - plant health authorities at http://www.afcd.gov.hk/quarantine/animals_e.htm
Phytosanitary Certificate not required
India - implemented ISPM15 on 1st November 2004 and has published details of its landing requirements. Material with a plant origin used for packaging must either be heat treated or fumigated. Click here to see details as published by Ministry of Agriculture in India. Click here to see subsequent amendment. Click here for Ministry of Agriculture, Plant Quarantine Organisation of India.
India has published details of its implementation of ISPM15 and landing requirements for wood packaging material w.e.f. 1st November 2004 (see attached Web page)
The new Israeli Import Regulation incorporate the equirement for ISPM 15. The regulation will come into force on 25.6.09 but the implementation of the requirement of ISPM was postponed to 1/10/09.
Another response from Israel, this time from the Deputy Director of PPIS (http://www.ppiseng.moag.gov.il/PPISENG/Files/Contacts/f/miriamf.htm)
Jordan - has announced that it implemented ISPM15 on 17 November 2005. To view the WTO notification.
Lebanon - The Head of Agriculture Import,Export Department Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture has advised that the Lebanese Ministerial Decree No. 19/1 dated 9/1/06 requires all wood packaging material entering the Lebanon to be ISPM15 compliant wef 9th March 2006.
Malaysia - will implement ISPM15 on 1 January 2010. To view details.
Mexico - implemented ISPM15 on 16 September 2005. The new requirements (in Spanish) come into force on 16 September 2005 in line with the USA and Canada.
New Zealand - implemented ISPM15 on 16 April 2006. It has however recently consulted on changes to the Import Health Standard Wood Packaging Materials from All Countries. We have been advised that the new standard will come into effect on 1 May 2006.
Following consultation, New Zealand has amended its import requirements for wood packaging material from 1 May 2006. These are set out in their revised Import Health Standard. All WPM produced under the UK's Wood Packaging Material is bark-free and that treated by fumigation is treated to the 24 hour treatment specification recently adopted by the Commission for Phytosanitary Measures and thus meets New Zealand's requirements.
An amendment to the Import Health Standard (IHS) for Wood Packaging Material from All Countries was issued on 1 November 2009:
The two major changes to the IHS are:
1) Update of the IHS to align with the 2009 version of ISPM 15. This includes a tolerance level for small pieces of bark, greater recognition of the need to reduce use of methyl bromide fumigation, as well as further specifications for the ISPM 15 mark and remanufactured, recycled, and repaired wood packaging material.
2) Inclusion of the option of inspection for non-compliant wood packaging material, particularly on all non-ISPM 15 compliant or untreated wood packaging. Wood packaging which is not considered as compliant with the IHS, will require inspection by a MAF inspector.
Please note that the role of Accredited Persons for inspecting wood packaging at MAF-approved transitional facilities and notifying interceptions does not change. Any questions relating to this import health standard can be directed electronically to email@example.com, or to the mailing address below:
Plant Imports, Border Standards Directorate, MAF Biosecurity New Zealand, PO Box 2526, Wellington, New Zealand.
Nicaragua - implemented ISPM15 (in Spanish) on 6 September 2007.
Nigeria - (Update 8th October 2004)- we have received an up date to Mrs Oraka’s, Nigeria Plant Quarantine Service, letter dated 16 August, which now states that Nigeria does NOT require a phytosanitary certificate if the mark on the body of the packaging materials indicates that it has been treated as stated in ISPM15; to view update. We apologise for the quality of this letter.
We have also received email correspondence dated from the Nigeria Plant Quarantine Service stating -
'All wood packaging and dunnage must be marked with IPPC logo and be accompanied with certificate of treatment. In the absence of IPPC logo and certificate of treatment it must then be accompanied with phytosanitary certificate issued by Plant Protection Organisation of exporting country’.
We have requested details of the information to be included in the treatment certificate ie will a fumigation certificate or Certificate of Conformity suffice and as soon as we receive a response from the Nigeria Plant Quarantine Service we will publish it on our website.
Please therefore continue to monitor this website.
Even though Nigeria have not submitted a WTO Notification advising of their intent to implement ISPM15 we would recommend that exporters comply with the requirements of the attached announced to ensure that their goods are not delayed or intercepted by the Nigerian Authorities. We have advised the EC of the details of this announcement and requested that Nigeria submit a WTO Notification immediately and we will report on the outcome of this action. Please continue to monitor this website for updates.
Norway - will implement ISPM15 on 1 January 2009.
Oman - has announced its intention to implement ISPM15 in December 2006. To view WTO notification.
Paraguay - has announced that it implemented ISPM15 on 28 June 2005. To view WTO notification (in Spanish). (Last updated 24 November 2005).
Phillipines - announced in June that they had implemented ISPM15 but a further announcement (20 July 2004) notifies that they will now partially implement ISPM15 on 1 January 2005 (treated but without the need for marking) with full implementation on 1 June 2005. After that date they will require all wood packaging material entering their territory should be treated and marked in accordance with ISPM15. Further details and information may be obtained through (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Republic of Korea - implemented ISPM15 on 1 June 2005. Initially they only accepted heat treated WPM from countries where Pine Wood Nematode occurred (which had no impact on WPM produced in the UK). However, with effect from 7 December 2006, WPM from all countries, either heat treated or fumigated with methyl bromide is being permitted entry
Russia - at a recent meeting (November 2009) the Russian authorities have advised us that the new rules that went into effect on July 15, 2009 have been withdrawn and that we are attempting to get the situation clarified. Our advice to exporters of all goods to Russia is that to avoid any complications they ensure that all wood packaging material used is treated and marked in accordance with ISPM No. 15.
Seychelles - Implements ISPM15 on 1st March 2006 - see details.
South Africa - implemented ISPM15 on 1 January 2005.
Switzerland - An ‘agreement of equivalence’ has been reached between the EU and the Swiss. Wood packaging emanating from this market can be regarded in the same way as that from any EU member state.
Syria - The relevant authority has advised that it has implemented ISPM15. Unfortunately we are unable to publish any official document as the notification was made by email to the Forestry Commission.
Taiwan(includes Taipei), Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu - an addendum notification (dated 30 May 2008) has confirmed that these separate Customs territories will now implement ISPM15 on 1 January 2009. The notification includes a link to the draft 'Quarantine requirements for the importation of wood packaging material to Taiwan'.
Turkey - has announced via the publication of Official Gazette: 30.12.2004-25686 that is has deferred its implementation of ISPM 15 until 1 January 2006 To view the amendment on Turkey's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs website by selecting the 'Regulations on Marking Wood Packaging Material for Phytosanitary Measures' option and by scrolling down to the foot of the page.
Ukraine - has implemented ISPM15 as an import requirement, with the addition of debarking and confirm that all WPM produced under the UKWPMMP meets their requirements; to see notification.
USA - (Update 16 September 2005 ie the beginning of the USA's informed ISPM15 compliance period)
The USA's Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on 15th September 2005 that it had conducted a special operation during the month of July 2005 to determine the baseline level of wood packaging material (WPM) compliance with ISPM15. Based on examination results, CBP will perform phased-in compliance enforcement of the USDA WPM regulation. Details of the phased-in compliance can be viewed in the CBP's Operating Procedures for Trade Community Regarding Implementation of the Wood Packaging Materials (WPM) Regulation
More information will be made available from the USDA during the months of September and October or via the CBPs website
APHIS in cooperation with CBP will begin enforcing phase two of the wood packaging material (WPM ) regulation beginning Feb. 1. During the phase, APHIS and CBP will require that all commodity imports entering or transiting the United States with WPM consisting of pallets and crates be either heat treated or fumigated with methyl bromide. The shipments must also be marked with an approved international logo, certifying that the WPM has been appropriately treated. WPM that does not meet these requirements will not be allowed to enter into the United States and will be re-exported.
Shipments containing WPM that violate the rule may be allowed entry only if the CBP port director determines that it is possible to separate the approved material from the noncompliant portion of the shipment. Arrangements to have the noncompliant WPM exported from the United States would be required before the approved cargo can be released to the consignee. All costs associated with this process are the responsibility of the importer.
This phase of enforcement will continue through July 4. Full enforcement of the WPM regulation will begin July 5. At that time, all WPM must meet the import requirements and be free of timber pests before entering or transiting through the United States.