WOOD PACKAGING MATERIAL
Australia 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 . (Last updated:17 August 2004). To view an example of a AQIS supplier/packer declaration. (Last update 20 January 2010). The declarations can be completed by the Exporter as AQIS have confirmed that their reference to 'Suppliers' also meant '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 packaging manufacturers 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. To view FAQ's (Updated 13 November 2009).
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.
(updated 3rd February 2005)
China - officially implemented ISPM15 on 1st of January 2006 Notice 11 (see Clarification Note) and Notice 32 . China continues to encourage exporters to use the 'Declaration of use of non wood packaging material'.
Colombia - has implemented ISPM15 via Resolution No. 01074. (Updated 24 September 2008)
EC - The European Community implemented ISPM15 on 1 March 2005 as part of a package of amendments to Council Directive 2000/29/EC (the Plant Health Directive). The details are set out in Commission Directive 2004/102/EC published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 6 October 2004 (OJ L 309, 6 October 2004, p 9). To view the Directive click here. Appropriate changes will be made to the Plant Health (Forestry) (Great Britain) Order 1993 and details will be announced when they become available. (Last updated 6 October 2004). (Updated 14 March 2007)
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.
India has published details of its landing requirements. Material with a plant origin used for packaging must either be heat treated or fumigated. Details as published by Ministry of Agriculture in India. To see subsequent amendment (Updated 31 May 2004). To visit website for Ministry of Agriculture, Plant Quarantine Organisation of India.
Indonesia implemented ISPM No 15 in September 2009. To view details of the original notification dated 29 May 2006 and addendum of April 2009 confirming the date of implementation and other details (including contact details for queries). To view updated notification dated 5 March 2010 (Updated 11 March 2010).
Israel ISPM15 will come into force on 23 June 2009 but implementation has been postponed until 1 October 2009.(Updated 15 May 2009).
Jamaica will implement ISPM15 on 1st March 2011. To view notification. ( Updated15 February 2011).
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. (last updated 8 March 2007).
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. (updated 15 February 2006)
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. ( Updated 13 November 2009)
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. (Updated 10 July 2008).
Peru has announced that it will implement ISPM15 with effect from 1 September 2005. To view WTO notification ( in English). To view the text of the regulation (in Spanish). (Last update 14 April 2005)
Phillipines announced in June that they had implemented ISPM15 but a further announcment (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) Last update: (17 August 2004).
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. (Updated 30 November 2009).
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.
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'. (Updated 3 June 2008)
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. (Updated 31 October 2006)
Information from North America. NAPPO (North American Plant Protection Organisation) has published a statement about implementation of ISPM 15 in North American countries (Canada, USA and Mexico).
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. (Updated 21 June 2006)
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
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