Are you aware of requirements for the handling of wooden packaging?


By using wood packaging that is approved and treated according to international standards, the risk of introducing pests is minimised

Being an exporter, are you aware that a number of countries have requirements for the treatment of wood packaging? These requirements have been introduced in the context of growing global trade, which increases the risk of plant pests being transported across countries. By using wood packaging that is approved and treated according to international standards, the risk of introducing pests is minimised.

Export of wood packaging

Today, many countries require wood packaging to be ISPM 15 labelled, while some countries have additional requirements for pressure impregnation, bark-free or new packaging. The international standards apply when transporting wood packaging outside the EU. 

In addition, some countries require a phytosanitary certificate, which must be issued by the exporting country's phytosanitary authorities. In countries where ISPM 15 labelling is already required, no additional phytosanitary certificates are required. Requirements for the treatment of wooden packaging can vary from country to country.

What is ISPM 15?

ISPM 15 is an international guideline for the manufacture and handling of wood packaging. Once certified, companies are allowed to label the packaging with an internationally recognised mark indicating that the wood has been processed according to the requirements. 

The standards are designed to prevent the spread of plant diseases or pests across borders. The wood packaging is heat-treated in order to eliminate pests and eradicate plant diseases. During the treatment, the wood is heated to a temperature that kills pests and plant diseases.

Import of wooden packaging material

There are also import rules for wood packaging. However, the packaging requirements do not generally apply to trade within the EU. 

The standards apply to packaging that comes into the EU from outside the EU. When importing goods from outside the EU, you must ensure that the packaging complies with the ISPM 15 standards. 

For further information, you are always welcome to reach out to your local Blue Water contact person, who can guide you on different countries' export requirements.

There is a growing international focus on wood packaging and ISPM 15 labelling. Therefore, it is always a good idea to ask your importer about the requirements.

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