Exports - Timber Packaging - ISPM 15
Country Implementation Dates
  COUNTRY IMPLEMENTATION DATES (updated: 25-08-06) Please note this information is provided as a guide only. Individual country implementation dates may change without notice and it is the responsibility of the exporter to comply with importing country requirements at the time of export.  
Implementation date
  Argentina   Date of enforcement 1 January 2006  
  Australia   Containerised Cargo: As of 1 May 2006 Australia began enforcing mandatory treatment (either onshore or off-shore) for all solid wood packaging imported with containerised cargo. All untreated wood packaging will be subject to one of the following: mandatory onshore treatment, re-export or destruction at the importer's expense.
Air Cargo & Break Bulk: For wooden packaging imported with air cargo and in break bulk consignments, AQIS is still developing systems to manage the associated quarantine risk. Until such time as this system has been developed AQIS will continue to monitor air cargo and break bulk packaging via surveillance. If quarantine risks such as insect infestation or bark are identified, the consignment will be held and the packaging will be treated. Alternatively, the packaging can be removed from the consignment, re-exported or destroyed.
Further information: For further information regarding ISPM 15 fumigation service requirements contact Fumapest Sydney 1300 241 500. If you require advice direct from AQIS please contact AQIS Timber & Timber Products National Co-ordination Centre phone 03 8318 6929.
  Bolivia   Date of enforcement May 24, 2005. The Bolivian regulations require imported wood packaging to be constructed from debarked wood and to be treated and marked according to the ISPM 15 standard. However, there are no requirements that the wood be marked as manufactured from debarked wood. Wood packaging made from unmarked wood may be retained and either treated, destroyed or re-exported.  
  Brazil   Enforcement date 11 July 2005  
  Bulgaria   Enforcement date 24 January 2006  
  Canada   As of 5 July 2006, imports must comply with requirements of ISPM No. 15 or be subject to removal from the importing country.  
  Chile   Date of enforcement 1 June 2005, will accept a Phytosanitary certificate in lieu of the ISPM 15 mark. At present Chile requires debarked wood packaging.  
  China   Date of enforcement 1 January 2006: To facilitate entry of consignments containing wooden packaging into China it is recommended that a statement confirming that wooden packaging material used in the consignment is ISPM 15 compliant, is included on documentation accompanying consignments. Documentation may include packing declarations, packing lists or invoices. Treatment certificates are not required.  
  Colombia   Date of enforcement 15 September 2005  
  Costa Rica   Date of enforcement 19 March 2006  
  Dominican Republic   Date of enforcement 1 July 2006  
  Ecuador   Date of enforcement 30 September 2005  
  Egypt   Date of enforcement 1 October 2005  
  European Union:
Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Channel islands, Czech Republic, French southern states, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Southern States, Germany, Gibraltar, Great Britain, Monaco, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hungary, Ireland, Ireland North, Isle of man, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Martinique, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Saint Pierre, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
  Directive 2004/102/EC, which entered into force on 1 March 2005, requires the following measures to be taken for wood packaging material and dunnage entering the EU from all countries (1) the wood must be either heat treated or fumigated with methyl bromide, in line with ISPM15 procedures (2) the wood must be officially marked with the ISPM15 stamp. From 1 January 2009, all wood packaging material imported into the EU must be debarked.
Dunnage must meet the same criteria as wood packaging material. However, it is exempted until 31 December 2007 if it is made of wood free from bark, pests and signs of live pests.
For WPM manufactured, repaired or recycled prior to 28 February 2005, the logo specified in Annex II to ISPM 15 is not applicable until 31 December 2007. For more details CLICK HERE.
  Fiji   Have indicated intention to adopt ISPM 15 but no official enforcement date has been confirmed.  
  Guatemala   Date of enforcement 25 January 2006  
  Hong Kong   Not likely to implement, no official information.  
  Honduras   Date of enforcement 25 February 2006  
  India   Enforcement date 1 November 2004. A Phytosanitary certificate endorsed with treatment details is required unless the wood packaging material is ISPM 15 compliant and marked accordingly. In addition wooden packaging material must be fee of bark.  
  Indonesia   Likely to implement in mid 2006, no official confirmation of enforcement date available.  
  Japan   Proposed date of enforcement 27 April 2007  
  Jordan   Date of enforcement 17 November 2005  
  Lebanon   Date of enforcement 1 July 2006  
  Mexico   As of 5 July 2006, imports must comply with requirements of ISPM No. 15 or be subject to removal from the importing country.  
  New Caledonia   Date of enforcement 1 June 2006  
  New Zealand   The New Zealand Import Health Standard Wood Packaging Material from All Countries came into effect on 1 May 2006. Acceptable treatments include those listed in the ISPM 15 standard. The enforcement of the standard will be phased in over two months.
Wood packaging must comply with the import requirements. Consignments will be risk profiled and a subset of these will be selected for inspection. Any non-compliant wood will be treated, reshipped or destroyed. A notice will be sent to the importer about any non-compliant wood packaging. Additional information is available at: www.maf.govt.nz.
  Nicaragua   Have confirmed the adoption and the intent to enforce ISPM 15, no official enforcement date has advised.  
  Nigeria   Nigeria Plant Quarantine Service is now enforcing their import requirements for imported wood packaging material. Nigeria will accept the ISPM 15 mark in lieu of the phytosanitary certificate as of 30 September 2004  
  Oman   Date of enforcement 1 December 2006  
  Panama   Date of enforcement 17 February 2005  
  Paraguay   Date of enforcement 28 June 2005  
  Peru   Date of enforcement 1 September 2005, wood packaging material must be manufactured from debarked wood.  
  Philippines   Date of enforcement 1 June 2005. All wood packaging material (such as cases, crating, dunnage, drums, load boards, packing blocks, pallets, pallet collars, and skids) must comply with ISPM 15 requirements.  
  Republic of South Korea   Date of enforcement 1 June 2005. Containers will be randomly selected for inspection to confirm wood packaging complies with ISPM 15. Failure to comply with ISPM 15 will result in the wood packaging material being directed for treatment.  
  Samoa   Phytosanitary certificate is required unless wood packaging material is ISPM 15 compliant. If not ISPM 15 compliant, then one of the following treatments is required within 21 days of export from Australia. Fumigation with Methyl Bromide or Sulphuryl fluoride at 80g/m3 for more than 24 continuous hours, at a minimum temperature of 10°C. Phosphine fumigation at 1.41 g/m3 for 72 hours at a minimum 10°C and maximum 30°C. Filleted to 300mm maximum. Heat treatment at 70°C core temperature for more than 4 hours. Or by an approved chemical preservation method. All wood packaging material must be free of bark, quarantine pests, decay and other fungi and soil. All wood packaging material will be inspected on arrival in Samoa.  
  Seychelles   Date of enforcement 1 March 2006  
  Singapore   Singapore is not demanding ISPM-15 compliance in its own right. For transhipment cargo, and any cargo that is imported solely for re-export, it is recommended that the wooden packaging material should be treated and certified at the country of origin in accordance with the destination country's requirements for wood packaging material.  
  South Africa   Enforcement date 1 March 2005  
  Sri Lanka   Date of adoption 1 March 2004 no confirmation of date of enforcement.  
  Switzerland   Date of enforcement 1 March 2005  
  Syria   Date of enforcement 1 April 2006  
  Taiwan   Notification of intent to implement the standard has been issued but no official enforcement date has been confirmed.  
  Trinidad & Tobago   Date of adoption 15 September 2005. Date of enforcement to be advised. All regulated wood packaging material from Trinidad and Tobago will be stamped in accordance with the ISPM 15 standard.  
  Turkey   Enforcement date 1 January 2006. All Wood Packing material entering Turkey from all areas must be treated and certified in accordance with ISPM 15. All wood packing material should be debarked, subjected to fumigation by methyl bromide or heat treatment and marked in compliance with ISPM 15.  
  Ukraine   Date of enforcement 1 October 2005  
  USA   As of 5 July 2006 imports must comply with requirements of ISPM No. 15 or be subject to removal from the importing country. CLICK HERE to get additional information.  
  Vietnam   Date of enforcement 5 June 2006  
  Venezuela   Date of enforcement 2 May 2005  
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