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ISPM 15 Global Guide


Argentina has announced that it will implement ISPM15 gradually. Full implementation will take effect on 1 January 2006. To view notification (in Spanish) ( updated 21November 2005).


Australia implemented ISPM15 in September 2004, but not in respect of WPM used in air cargo. From 1 January 2006, Australia will require all WPM and dunnage to be ISPM15 compliant and marked (to view WTO notification). In addition, all WPM and dunnage must be bark-free and, if fumigated, the exposure time must be 24hours, not 16 hours as in ISPM15 (under review). The UKWPMMP already requires that fumigation is carried out over 24 hours. (Updated 21 September 2005).

(AQIS) 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. In addition to heat treatment or fumigation by Methyl Bromide (NB for 16 hours - not 24 hours as originally published in Australia's earlier fumigation notifications), wood packaging material must also be debarked. Details of the new rules are set out in AQIS Notice to Industry No 19 .

To view examples of AQIS supplier/packer declarations, (full container loads) (less than full container loads). (Last update 23 August 2004). 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 -

All of these PQA's can be viewed on AQIS's site.

Packing material made of newly manufactured plywood

Note: AQIS commenced a review of import requirements for plywood in late 2004. Until this review is completed, plywood will continue to be a quarantine concern.

Packing material made of plywood is acceptable for facilitated quarantine clearance, that is without inspection or further treatment, provided the plywood is newly manufactured (ie not pre-used), is manufactured in: Australia, Canada, Europe, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom or USA within three months of shipment; or countries other than those above, within 21 days of shipment, and in every case, accompanied by an acceptable certificate that includes the country of manufacture, the date of manufacture and a statement that the plywood has not been pre-used.

Alternatively, packing material made of either new or pre-used plywood may qualify for facilitated clearance if treated offshore by an AQIS approved method (refer Appendices I, II and III). Acceptable treatment certificates must accompany such consignments.

Upon arrival, packing material made of plywood that does not meet the newly manufactured requirements above or has not been appropriately treated offshore will be subject to inspection, treatment (refer Appendices II and III), re-export or destruction with all options at the importer's expense.

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.


Bolivia has announced its intention to implement ISPM15 (subject to a 60 day consultation period). To view the WTO notification (in Spanish) dated 24 May 2005. (An English version has been requested. (Last update 6 July 2005).


Brazil has notified that it has withdrawn implementation of requirements based on ISPM15 and has reverted, with immediate effect, to its previous 2004 legislation. No reasons have been given and it is not known whether this is a permanent position.


Bulgaria will require wood packaging material and dunnage to comply with ISPM15 as from 1 June 2006 but as of 1 January 2007 when Bulgaria becomes a member of the European Community, it need not, as it will be regarded as intra-Community movement.


Canada - Starting September 16th 2005 Canada, the United States and Mexico will increase the enforcement of the ISPM 15 Standard on all Wood Packaging material entering their borders. In the past, non-compliant shipments were allowed in Canada, and notification letters from CFIA were sent to the NPPO officials (through Post) to advise them of the violations. This initial voluntary period will expire on Sept 15th, and Canada will begin stepping up its enforcement in three phases.

Phase 1 September 16:

Canada will refuse entry on shipments found to have infested wood packaging (during this preliminary period, only signs of infestation would prevent entry of shipments) with the exception of ship's dunnage. Ship's dunnage will be treated or disposed if non-compliant (i.e. with signs of living pests, or no ISPM15 mark, or no Phytosanitary Certificate).

Phase 2 February 1, 2006:

Canada will refuse entry for any wood packaging found to be non-compliant (i.e. with signs of living pests, or no ISPM15 mark, or no Phytosanitary Certificate) with the exception of ship's dunnage. Ship's dunnage will be treated or disposed if non-compliant.

Phase 3 July 1, 2006:

Canada will refuse entry on all wood packaging materials including ship's dunnage found to be non-compliant.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Directive D-98-08 (5th Revision) will be updated soon.

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