ISPM-15 Compliance for exporting using wood packaging

Metro Plex Wood Pallets is a certified provider of ISPM-15 compliant pallets for exports - both new and used pallets can be made ready for export - read this page and/or email us at Info@MetroPlexWood.com to find out more about this important International Mandate. 
 
A new methyl bromide fumigation schedule for ISPM 15 has been approved by the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM). That schedule is as follows.

Heat Treatment Chart

The minimum temperature should not be less than 10°C and the minimum exposure time should be 24 hours. Monitoring of concentrations should be carried out at a minimum at 2, 4, and 24 hours.

When a revised schedule is adopted for treatment of WPM, WPM treated under the previous treatment schedule does not need to be retreated, remarked or recertified.

The Enforcement Committee has adopted this 24-hr fumigation schedule in the MB Program. All certified fumigators have been advised to start using the new schedule immediately; the schedule has been mandatory and enforced since September 18, 2006.

Countries with implementation changes since April 4, 2006:


Based on published regulations by the countries below, the following are now or soon will be enforcing ISPM 15:

Dominican Republic:
July 1, 2006

Indonesia: No published date of implementation (based on their draft regulation, WPM must be debarked and a packing declaration will be required)

Nicaragua: No published date of implementation

Oman: December 2006

Summary information for countries that have begun implementation or announced plans to implement ISPM-15:

Argentina:
June 1,2006

Australia: September 1, 2004 (Variations to ISPM-15: Bark-free + packing declaration for ISPM-15 compliant WPM, 21-day rule does not apply); January 1, 2006 will add wood packaging used in break bulk and air cargo to their ISPM-15 enforcement.

Bulgaria: January 24, 2006

Bolivia: July 23, 2005 (Variation: Debarked WPM)

Brazil: June 1, 2005

Canada: September 16, 2005 (Note: Phase-in implementation; exemption granted to U.S.)

Chile: June 1, 2005 (Variation: Debarked WPM)

China: January 1, 2006 (Variation: MB fumigation for softwood packaging must use the 24-hour treatment schedule. ALSO: Although not a requirement, it is highly recommended to make a statement in Chinese language on the shipping invoice "WPM are ISPM 15-compliant," "WPM are exempt from ISPM 15" or "There is no WPM in this shipment.")

Colombia: September 16, 2005

Costa Rica: March 19, 2006

Dominican Republic: July 1, 2006

Ecuador: September 20, 2005 (Date change: previously April 26, 2004)

Egypt: October 1, 2005

European Union: March 1, 2005

Guatemala: September 16, 2005

Honduras: February 25, 2006

India: November 1, 2004 (Variation: Phytosanitary certificate required only for WPM not ISPM-15 compliant)

Indonesia: No published date of implementation (based on their draft regulation, WPM must be debarked and a packing declaration will be required)

Japan: January 2007 (tentative date of implementation)

Jordan: November 17, 2005

Lebanon: March 26, 2006

Mexico: September 16, 2005 (Note: Phase-in implementation since January 1, 2004)

New Zealand: April 16, 2003 (Variation: Bark-free WPM)

Nicaragua: No published date of implementation

Nigeria: September 30, 2004

Oman: December 2006

Panama: Not yet enforcing ISPM 15

Paraguay: June 28, 2005

Peru: March 1, 2005

Philippines: June 1, 2005

Seychelles: March 1, 2006

South Africa: January 1, 2005 (Variation: 24-MB schedule for softwood packaging)

South Korea: June 1, 2005 (Variation: MB fumigation for softwood packaging must use the 24-hour treatment schedule.)

Switzerland: March 1, 2005

Syria: April 1, 2006

Trinidad & Tobago: September 15, 2005

Turkey: January 1, 2006 (Variation: Debarked WPM)

Ukraine: October 1, 2005

U.S.: September 16, 2005 (Note: Phase-in implementation; exemption granted to Canada -- must provide import declaration that shipment derived from trees harvested in U.S. or Canada -- import lumber must be ISPM-15)

Venezuela: June 1, 2005

Vietnam: June 5, 2005

ISPM-15 Requirements

Compliance with ISPM-15 for wood packaging materials allows for two treatment options:

Heat Treatment (HT): Wood packaging material should be heated in a schedule that achieves a minimum core temperature of 56ºC for a minimum of 30 minutes. The American Lumber Standards Committee administers the U.S. certification program for heat treatment.

Methyl Bromide (MB) Fumigation: The wood packaging material should be fumigated with methyl bromide. NWPCA has been tasked by the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to administer the fumigation program.

NOTE: ISPM 15 requirements apply to all species of coniferous (softwood) and non-coniferous (hardwood) packaging materials.

Heat Treated or Fumigated Pallets Update - Revised 3/1/2006
The International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) ISPM-15 mandate has started the second phase of its compliance mandates on wood packaging enterring the USA.  Border facilities are now turning away untreated wood and not allowing importers the opportunity to treat or dispose of material at their facilities...this is a grand difference from phase 1 where they were simply warning importers.  Apparantly the 90% compliance rate phase 1 produced is not going to be enough for phase 2.  Phase 3 - strict enformcement of the mandate - is set for July, 2006. 
 
Please don't allow this to freeze your supply chain and/or cost your organization significant dollars.  Metro Plex Wood Pallets in Houston, Texas can help you with your ISPM-15 compliant pallet needs.
 
As reported last time this page was updated, the European Union (EU) recently voted to delay the implementation of debark requirement on import wood packaging material through December 31, 2008.  Apparantly they're going to delay this process while technical justification for changing the standards is considered in the IPPC.  This will be revisited in September of 2007.  The important thing to remember as our customer is:

CUSTOMERS DO NOT NEED BARK-FREE PALLETS AND CONTAINERS FOR SHIPMENT TO EUROPE THROUGH 2008!!!

The EU has opted to surpass the requirements for heat treatment or fumigation of wood to require debarking. You might wonder what affects this would have for any of us?  To date, 130+ countries agreed that heat treatment of pallets and fumigation using methyl bromide are effective treatment methods. The EU's debarking regulations would significantly increase shipping costs. This is especially true since fifty percent of all exported products shipped to Europe currently use wood packaging.  This represents approximately $80 billion of goods from the United States.

The debarking requirement is not required internationaly currently, however the EU has lead on that this additional mandate would provide European nations better protection against the introduction of phitosanitary pests and concerns. 

Several US Pallet producers have assembled the support of Harold Ford and the United States Congress and what follows is a summary of the NWPCA's account of the support from Capitol Hill:

On November 23, 2005 Congressman Harold Ford introduced a resolution supporting NWPCA's efforts to attempt to influence the EU commission to suspend the debarking requirement:   "Expressing the sense of the Congress with respect to uilateral altering, by the European Union, of the standard for imports of certain wood products."

Metro Plex Wood requests that anyone reading this helps support the bill by vocalizing your concerns with various members from the Committee on International Relations where the bill currently resides.  Just click here: Committee on International Relations

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