Do you export?
If so, you may be aware of the requirements for wood packaging material or you may of heard of the ISPM 15 Regulations. (Click here for up to date information on countries implementing ISPM15).
In order to avoid problems over the use of wood packaging material in the UK, the Wood Packaging Marking Program has been set up by the Forestry Commission (www.forestry.gov.uk) and the ISPM15 mark for Wooden Export Packaging is as below.This mark must be applied to all heat treated timber packaging after 1st January 2004.
Acorn Packaging Services can help with any packaging solution for China or any other country where the ISPM 15 Regulations apply. We are registered as a participant in the UK Wood Packaging Material Marking Program and are approved to apply the official mark of the program to wood packing material manufactured or repaired on our premises. Application of the mark certifies that the material has been manufactured or repaired in the UK and meets the prescribed phytosanitary (plant health) standards. We can in certain instances manufacture packing cases that do not require this mark as they are manufactured entirely from Processed Wood. This type of case only requires a “Declaration Of No Use Of Wood Packaging” as described in the key points below.
In advance of the likely global introduction of new International Plant Protection Organisation (IPPO) Regulations, China has already announced a unilateral embargo on all imports involving wood packaging, which does not comply with new treatment standards. China has given notice that, with effect from 1st October 2002, they will refuse entry to any imports unless the wooden packaging components conform to the IPPO requirements. Below are some key points to follow for ISPM 15 regulations.