ISPM 15

ISPM 15 Solid Wood Packaging Update

(16 October 2009)

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 56oC 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.

COUNTRY SUMMARY

COUNTRY             

ENFORCEMENT DATE

NOTES

Argentina

01 January 2006

 

Australia

01 September 2004

Bark free + packing declaration for ISPM-15 compliant WPM, 21 day rule does not apply

Bolivia

23 July 2005

Bark Free

Bulgaria

24 January 2006

 

Brazil

01 June 2005

 

Canada

16 September 2005

Phase in implementation since 01 January 2004.  Exemption granted to US

Chile

01 June 2005

 

China

01 January 2006

 

Colombia

16 September 2005

 

Costa Rica

19 March 2006

Previous date 01 January 2005

Croatia

01 January 2007

 

Cuba

01 October 2008

 

Dominican Republic

01 July 2006

 

Ecuador

20 September 2005

Previous date 26 April 2004

Egypt

01 October 2005

 

European Union

01 March 2005

*See Detail below

Guatemala

16 September 2005

 

Honduras

25 February 2006

 

India

01 November 2005

Phytosanitary certificate required for non ISPM-15 compliant wood

Indonesia

01 September 2009

 

Israel

23 June 2009

 

Jamaica

20 October 2007

 

Japan

01 April 2007

 

Jordan

17 November 2006

 

Kenya

01 January 2006

 

Lebanon

26 March 2006

 

Malaysia

01 January 2010

 

Mexico

16 September 2005

Phase in implementation since 01 January 2004

Nicaragua

Date not set yet

 

New Zealand

01 November 2009

Switching from bark free to de-barked

Nigeria

30 September 2004

 

Norway

01 January 2008

 

Oman

December 2006

 

Panama

 

Not yet enforcing

Paraguay

28 June 2005

 

Peru

01 March 2005

 

Philippines

01 June 2005

Partial enforcement starting 01 January 2005

Seychelles

01 March 2006

 

South Africa

01 January 2005

Variation: 24-MB schedule for softwood packaging

South Korea

01 June 2005

HT only for softwood packaging.  Hardwood requires fumigation

Sri Lanka

01 March 2004

 

Syria

01 April 2006

 

Switzerland

01 March 2005

 

Tanzania

 

Tanzania’s Ministry of Agriculture has published the regulation, but hasn’t stated an implementation date

Taiwan

01 July 2008

 

Thailand

Date not set yet

Draft regulation signed.  Actual implementation date TBD

Trinidad & Tobago

15 September 2005

 

Turkey

01 January 2006

Bark Free

Ukraine

01 October 2005

 

US

16 September 2005

Phase in implementation since 01 January 2004.  Exemption granted to Canada

Venezuela

01 June 2005

 

Vietnam

05 June 2005

 

*European Union

 The European Union began enforcement of ISPM-15 01 March 2005.  The EU deferred for a year their debarking and bark-free specifications (see dunnage exception below), but claim they will present technical justification for the additional requirements and begin enforcement March 2006.  The EU has some variations that need to be clarified.

Marking

Until 31 December 2007 the EU will accept all previously recognized marks for heat treatment (HT, "no bug" logo, and ISPM-15 mark).  For fumigation; however, they will only accept the ISPM-15 mark.  If you have packaging with the previous fumigation mark you must re-treat and re-mark.

Dunnage

If dunnage is treated and marked it need not be bark free.  If dunnage is not marked it must be bark free and devoid of pests and signs of live pests.

If the EU implements debark and bark free requirements in March 2006, as they plan, dunnage must comply with the same treatment, marking, and debarking as all other wood packaging.

Notice to Department of Defense (DOD) Venders

The Department of Defense has announced that its shipments both "inside and outside of the United States must meet ISPM 15."  This requirement will be reflected in Defense Logistic Agency solicitations issued as of August 1, 2006.  DOD wood packaging materials must be heat treated, (DOD does not accept fumigation as a treatment method