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.
Exporters should note that all applications for phytosanitary certificates must include details from the stamp applied to the wood packaging material.
Exporters should also note that a minimum of 5 working days is required from the date of application to the date of export. This is to allow appropriate inspections to be carried out.
Note: The Plant Health Authority in Hong Kong has confirmed that it will not be applying these requirements to consignments destined for import into Hong Kong. The rules will, however, apply to consignments shipped to Hong Kong for transit through to Mainland China.
Additional information regarding IPPO regulations and the Wood Packaging Marking Program can be found at: