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Wood Packing Restrictions

A number of countries have enacted regulations under the ISPM15 (International Phytosanitary Measure) guidelines to control the import of wood packing. These restrictions on wooden packing materials help prevent the spread of pests like the pinewood nematode (Bursaphelenchus xylophilis), and the Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis). This seal of compliance is colloquially known as the 'bug stamp.'

The restrictions on wood packing will vary from country to country, and plans for implementing ISPM15 are continually changing, and may do so without notice.

Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the exporter to determine and comply with the importing country requirements at the time of export.

For your information, we have provided some of the links and references that we use:

Please note: the following information is provided as a guide only.

Restrictions by country
ISPM15 documents


AVOIDING PROBLEMS RELATED TO ISPM 15:

THE EASIEST WAY TO AVOID POSSIBLE PROBLEMS RELATED TO THE ISPM 15 IN SEA FREIGHT IS DO NOT USE NWPM. PACK YOUR CARGO WITH CARDBOARD, PLYWOOD, VENEER ETC ONLY or DO NOT USE WOOD IN YOUR PACKING AT ALL.



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