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ISPM 15 Global Guide Continued...


Even though Indonesia has not yet officially implemented ISPM15 as a landing requirement for wood packaging material, the Director of Belawan Plant Quarantine Station, Agricultural Quarantine Agency, has confirmed that pending the implementation of the ISPM15, Indonesia is prepared to accept ISPM15 compliant wood packaging without a phytosanitary certificate, provided that it is treated and marked according to the ISPM15 specifications.

To facilitate clearance at the points of entry in Indonesia, it is highly recommended that the WPM be accompanied by a Packing Declaration.It is anticipated that Indonesia will officially implement ISMP15 before the end of 2006.


Japan has announced that it will implement ISPM15 on 1 April 2007. To view the WTO notification. To view details in MAFF Notification No. 1352. Further information can be viewed on Japan's website.


The Head of Agriculture Import,Export Department Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture has advised that the Lebanese Ministerial Decree No. 19/1 dated 9/1/06 requires all wood packaging material entering the Lebanon to be ISPM15 compliant wef 9th March 2006.


Mexico will implement ISPM 15 on 16 September 2005. At the present time wood packaging should be bark free and free from signs of infestation. The new requirements (in Spanish) come into force on 16 September 2005 in line with the USA and Canada. (The section, at the end headed 'Transitorios' paragraph 'Segundo' confirms application of articles 5 and 6.6 from 16 September 2005).


Nicaragua - notice of intent to implement ISPM15 (in Spanish) - actual date to be determined.


Nigeria (Update 8th October 2004)- we have received an up date to Mrs Oraka's , Nigeria Plant Quarantine Service, letter dated 16 August, which now states that Nigeria does NOT require a phytosanitary certificate if the mark on the body of the packaging materials indicates that it has been treated as stated in ISPM15; to view update. We apologise for the quality of this letter.
We have also received email correspondence dated from the Nigeria Plant Quarantine Service stating -

'All wood packaging and dunnage must be marked with IPPC logo and be accompanied with certificate of treatment. In the absence of IPPC logo and certificate of treatment it must then be accompanied with phytosanitary certificate issued by Plant Protection Organisation of exporting country'.

Even though Nigeria have not submitted a WTO Notification advising of their intent to implement ISPM15 we would recommend that exporters comply with the requirements of the attached announced to ensure that their goods are not delayed or intercepted by the Nigerian Authorities.

New Zealand

New Zealand implemented ISPM15 on 16 April 2006. It has however recently consulted on changes to the Import Health Standard Wood Packaging Materials from All Countries. We have been advised that the new standard will come into effect on 1 May 2006.

Following consultation, New Zealand has amended its import requirements for wood packaging material from 1 May 2006.

These are set out in their revised Import Health Standard. All WPM produced under the UK's Wood Packaging Material is bark-free and that treated by fumigation is treated to the 24 hour treatment specification recently adopted by the Commission for Phytosanitary Measures and thus meets New Zealand's requirements. (last updated 17 May 2006).


Oman has announced its intention to implement ISPM15 in December 2006.


Paraguay has announced that it implemented ISPM15 on 28 June 2005.


Peru has announced that it will implement ISPM15 with effect from 1 September 2005.


Phillipines announced in June that they had implemented ISPM15 but a further announcement (20 July 2004) notifies that they will now partially implement ISPM15 on 1 January 2005 (treated but without the need for marking) with full implementation on 1 June 2005. After that date they will require all wood packaging material entering their territory should be treated and marked in accordance with ISPM15. Further details and information may be obtained through ( Last update: (17 August 2004).


Implements ISPM15 on 1st March 2006.

South Africa

South Africa has confirmed that it will implement ISPM15 on 1 January 2005.


The relevant authority has advised that it has implemented ISPM15. Unfortunately we are unable to publish any official document as the notification was made by email to the Forestry Commission


An 'agreement of equivalence' has been reached between the EU and the Swiss. Wood packaging emanating from this market can be regarded in the same way as that from any EU member state.

Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu

Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu - notification has confirmed that it will implement ISPM15 on 1st November 2005.


Turkey has announced via the publication of Official Gazette: 30.12.2004-25686 that is has deferred its implementation of ISPM 15 until 1 January 2006. To view the amendment on Turkey's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs website by selecting the 'Regulations on Marking Wood Packaging Material for Phytosanitary Measures' option and by scrolling down to the foot of the page. (Updated 5 January 2005).


Ukraine has implemented ISPM15 as an import requirement, with the addition of debarking and confirm that all WPM produced under the UKWPMMP meets their requirements.

USA & North America

USA (Update 16 September 2005 ie the beginning of the USA's informed ISPM15 compliance period)
The USA's Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on 15th September 2005 that it had conducted a special operation during the month of July 2005 to determine the baseline level of wood packaging material (WPM) compliance with ISPM15. Based on examination results, CBP will perform phased-in compliance enforcement of the USDA WPM regulation. Details of the phased-in compliance can be viewed in the CBP's Operating Procedures for Trade Community.

APHIS in cooperation with CBP will begin enforcing phase two of the wood packaging material (WPM ) regulation beginning Feb. 1. During the phase, APHIS and CBP will require that all commodity imports entering or transiting the United States with WPM consisting of pallets and crates be either heat treated or fumigated with methyl bromide. The shipments must also be marked with an approved international logo, certifying that the WPM has been appropriately treated. WPM that does not meet these requirements will not be allowed to enter into the United States and will be re-exported.

Shipments containing WPM that violate the rule may be allowed entry only if the CBP port director determines that it is possible to separate the approved material from the noncompliant portion of the shipment. Arrangements to have the noncompliant WPM exported from the United States would be required before the approved cargo can be released to the consignee. All costs associated with this process are the responsibility of the importer.

This phase of enforcement will continue through July 4. Full enforcement of the WPM regulation will begin July 5.

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