ispm 15 regulation (wood packaging)
ISPM 15 Regulations
The International Standards for Phytosanitary (ISPM) regulation no.15 states that any wood materials with a thickness greater than 6mm must debarked and heat treated and then stamped with an official International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Mark. This includes pallets, crates, dunnages etc.
This has been put in place to prevent the spread of disease and insects that might affect ecosystems and plants in a negative way.
We strongly recommend that you comply with this regulation when shipping to all non-EU destinations. Although there is a list below that the Forestry Commission has published, some countries apply the rules without publishing them. This is to avoid possible delays or rejection.
The regulation applies to the following countries, but if in doubt go to ISPM website
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- European Union (EU)
- New Zealand
- Puerto Rico – As a territory of the United States, ISPM 15 compliance is not required on WPM originating in the United States or Canada.
- South Africa
- South Korea – Korea does not permit methyl bromide fumigation as a treatment option for those countries with the pinewood nematode (the United States and Canada).
- Sri Lanka
- Switzerland – Switzerland is not an EU member state, however, their requirements for ISPM 15 mirror those of the European Union.