ISPM 15 Regulations For Wooden Packing Materials
ISPM regulations exist to protect ecosystems from pest damage, or plant diseases. Pieces of wood are a natural harbour for them and preventing cross border transmission is an essential activity.
All wooden packaging beyond 6mm in thickness is covered by ISPM 15, such as pallets, skids, containers, crates, boxes, cases, reels and drums. Suitable treatment and correct marking/branding are required.
Treatment consists of debarking, heat exposure, kiln drying, or fumigation. Although the fumigation methods are coming to an end, as they have their own environmental repercussions.
Although ISPM was set up by international convention, enforcement is delegated to national plant protection agencies. So as with many regulations, application is not the same in every country.
Whether goods are moving inside, or outside the EU can matter. Ireland has a different approach to the UK, some countries allow plant passports as an option, others are more rigid, or have no approach.
Dynamic understand the local nuances well, from documentation, to application and always use approved timber. Wooden materials from us will be compliant, avoiding any delay, or additional cost
The following countries require ISMP 15 compliant packing materials:
- Argentina – Australia
- Bolivia – Brazil
- Canada – Chile – China – Colombia – Costa Rica
- Dominica Republic –
- Ecuador – Egypt – European Union
- India – Indonesia
- Japan – Jordan
- Kenya – Korea (south)
- Malaysia – Mexico
- New Zealand – Nigeria
- Panama – Paraguay – Peru – Philippines
- Seychelles – South Africa – Syria
- Taiwan – Trinidad & Tobago – Turkey
- Vietnam – Venezuela