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Subject: Implementation of ISPM No. 15 on Wood Packaging Materials in NAPPO countries
Date posted: September 16, 2005
Source: North American Plant Protection Organization (www.nappo.org)

Countries exporting to NAPPO members (Canada, the United States and Mexico) are strongly encouraged to ensure treatment and marking of wood packaging material to meet the requirements of International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) No. 15, Guidelines for regulating wood packaging in international trade.  This will avoid delays or rejection of consignments at ports of entry.

In response to requests by trading partners NAPPO countries have agreed to a phased‑in approach to implement ISPM No. 15, to allow additional time for the development of treatment and marking systems in exporting countries.

From September 16, 2005 to February 1st, 2006, NAPPO countries will continue notifying importers when non‑compliant wood packaging is found.  During this period, consignments which arrive with wood packaging that is infested with quarantine pests may be prohibited from entering and financial penalties may be imposed.

Starting on February 1st 2006, imports must comply with requirements of ISPM No. 15 or be subject to removal from the importing country.

Further information regarding the revised import measures may be obtained from the following website: