ISPM

ISPM

ISPM 15 Solid Wood Packaging Update
(22 February 2016)

PWS is an ISPM-15 certified facility. ISPM-15 is the international standard for heat treated and fumigated wood products. All products manufactured at PWS are certified for export worldwide. For reference, the ISPM-15 standard and country regulations follow. Contact a PWS' representative today for further information or for your next crate/pallet.

The ISPM-15 standard allows for two treatment options of wood products:

  1. Heat Treatment (HT): Wood packaging material should be heated in a schedule that achieves a minimum core temperature of 56 degrees Celsius for a minimum of 30 minutes. The American Lumber Standards Committee (ALSC) administers the US certification program for heat treatment.
  2. Methyl Bromide (MB) Fumigation: The wood packaging material should be fumigated with methyl bromide. The National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA) has been tasked by the US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to administer the fumigation program.

Dunnage must also be ISPM-15 compliant. The ISPM-15 standard has a specific mark for dunnage. If lumber is cut up for use as dunnage, that lumber should be marked every two feet so at least one such mark will be on all dunnage components.

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

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


Argentina: June 1, 2006
Australia: September 1, 2004 (starting July 1, 2010 will switch to debarked WPM)
Bangladesh:  July 5, 2006
Bulgaria: January 24, 2006
Bolivia: July 23, 2005
Brazil: June 1, 2005
Canada: September 16, 2005 (Exemption continues to be granted to the US)
Chile: June 1, 2005
China: January 1, 2006
Colombia: September 16, 2005
Costa Rica: March 19, 2006
Croatia: January 1, 2007
Cuba:  October 1, 2008
Dominican Republic:  July 1, 2006
Ecuador: September 20, 2005
Egypt: October 1, 2005
European Union: March 1, 2005
Guatemala: September 16, 2005
Honduras: February 25, 2006
India: November 1, 2004
Indonesia: September 1, 2009
Israel: June 23, 2009
Jamaica: October 20, 2007
Japan: April 1, 2007
Jordan: November 17, 2005
Kenya: January 2006
Lebanon: March 26, 2006
Malaysia: January 1, 2010
Mexico: September 16, 2005
New Zealand: April 16, 2003 (starting November 1, 2009 will switch to debarked WPM)
Nicaragua:  March 2006
Nigeria: September 30, 2004
Norway: January 1, 2008
Oman:  December 2006
Papua New Guinea: No published date of implementation
Paraguay: June 28, 2005
Peru: March 1, 2005
Philippines: June 1, 2005
Senegal: August 15, 2010
Seychelles: March 1, 2006
South Africa: January 1, 2005
South Korea: June 1, 2005
Sri Lanka:  March 8, 2010
Switzerland: March 1, 2005
Syria: April 1, 2006
Taiwan:  July 2008
Tanzania: No published date of implementation
Thailand: February 10, 2010
Trinidad & Tobago: September 15, 2005
Turkey: January 1, 2006
Ukraine: October 1, 2005
United States: September 16, 2005
Venezuela: June 1, 2005
Vietnam: June 5, 2005

The European Union is composed of; Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.                               
 

There are countries not on the list that are enforcing ISPM 15 without any published regulation. It is highly recommended to use ISPM 15-compliant wood packaging regardless of international destination.