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ISPM 15

ISPM 15

Compliance with IPPC ISPM 15 is likely required if a company exports goods which are on top or inside of any solid wood packaging materials such as pallets, crates, spools, wood boxes, and lumber based assemblies or bracing.

Packnet assists customers with export compliant solid wood packaging materials. Packnet is licensed and audited by Timber Products Inspection Agency. We source and process approved heat-treated materials and then stamp all of our finished products such as pallets, wood boxes and crates with the licensed ISPM 15 mark, which is specific to our company. We will ship our heat-treated and ISPM 15 compliant products to customers so they can package and ship directly from their site or we also offer in-house and off-site packaging and crating services.

What is ISPM 15?

IPPC ISPM 15 is the acronym for International Plant Protection Convention, International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15. The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) is an international plant health agreement, established in 1952, that aims to protect cultivated and wild plants by preventing the introduction and spread of pests. The Convention extends beyond the protection of cultivated plants to the protection of natural flora and plant products, which includes softwood and hardwood forests. It covers aircraft, vessels, containers, vehicles, storage places, soil, and other objects or materials that can harbor or spread pests.

More than 150 countries at the International Plant Protection Convention adopted the title Regulation of Wood Packaging Material in International Trade, but most commonly referred to as ISPM 15, in March 2002. Every participating country was then allowed to choose a future date for actual implementation and enforcement. This particular standard was developed as a means to greatly reduce the phytosanitary concerns related to growing global trade and the significant spread of forest destructing pests such as the Asian Longhorned Beetle, Emerald Ash Borer and the Pine Wood Nematode through solid wood packaging materials. Many countries have determined the origination of these pests linked to the transportation of non-heat-treated or non-fumigated solid wood packaging.

Please contact us to learn how Packnet can assist you with ISPM 15 Compliance.

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Currently, more than 175 countries are signatories to IPPC, which has developed a total of 34 ISPMs to date.

Customers who perform their own sea container loading and use lumber for bracing and dunnage are required to use lumber with the HT-DUN stamp visible for inspection (see special markings below). As a service to our customers, Packnet will supply stock dimensional heat-treated and ISPM 15 lumber (stamped every 2 ft.) in both 2x4 and 4x4 sized softwood pine.


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