ISPM15 Country Regulations

The ISPM15(International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No.15) established by the IPPC (International Plant Protection Convention) and enforced by many governments across the world, has had the effect of restricting and even prohibiting the use of untreated timber palletsand other solid wood packing materials. Plastic pallets are a safe and cost effective way of avoiding the problems associated with the use of wooden pallets.

For a full description of ISPM15 standard and objectives please visit the official ISPM15 information page.

PLASTIC PALLETS
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  • ISPM15 compliant and no clearance difficulties at export or import side.
  • No heat treatment or fumigation costs and issues
  • Plastic pallets are accepted worldwide
  • Timesaving and no use-by date

Below is a list of countries that have either imposed, or intend to impose restrictions or prohibitions on the use of untreated solid wood pallets and other packing materials. Avoid the risk of your cargo pallets being rejected and returned to Australia at YOUR COST. Always ship using plastic pallets. If the country you are exporting to is not listed, either check with your customer or just play safe and use plastic pallets.

Country Details
Argentina Date of enforcement 1 January 2006.
Australia As of 1 May 2006 Australia began enforcing mandatory treatment (either onshore or off-shore) for all solid wood packaging imported with containerised cargo. All untreated wood packaging will be subject to one of the following: mandatory onshore treatment, re-export or destruction at the importer’s expense.
Bolivia Date of enforcement May 24, 2005, The Bolivian regulations require imported wood packaging to be constructed from debarked wood and to be treated and marked according to the ISPM15 standard. However, there are no requirements that the wood be marked as manufactured from debarked wood. Wood packaging made from unmarked wood may be retained and either treated, destroyed or re-exported.
Brazil Date of enforcement 11 July 2005.
Bulgaria Date of enforcement 24 January 2006.
Canada As of 5 July 2006, imports must comply with requirements of ISPM No. 15 or be subject to removal from the importing country.
Chile Date of enforcement 1 June 2005, will accept a Phytosanitary certificate in lieu of the ISPM 15 mark. At present Chile requires debarked wood packaging.
China Date of enforcement 1 January 2006.
Colombia Date of enforcement 15 September 2005.
Costa Rica Date of enforcement 19 March 2006.
Dominican Republic Date of enforcement 1 July 2006.
Ecuador September 20, 2005
Egypt October 1, 2005
European Union March 1, 2005
Guatemala September 16, 2005
Honduras February 25, 2006
India November 1, 2004 (Variation: Phytosanitary certificate required only for WPM not ISPM-15 compliant)
Indonesia No published date of implementation (based on their draft regulation, WPM must be debarked and a packing declaration will be required)
Japan April 1, 2007
Jordan November 17, 2005
Lebanon March 26, 2006
Mexico September 16, 2005
New Zealand April 16, 2003 (Variation: Bark-free WPM)
Nicaragua No published date of implementation
Nigeria September 30, 2004
Oman December 2006
Panama Not yet enforcing ISPM 15
Paraguay June 28, 2005
Peru March 1, 2005
Philippines June 1, 2005
Seychelles March 1, 2006
South Africa January 1, 2005
South Korea June 1, 2005
Switzerland March 1, 2005
Syria April 1, 2006
Taiwan July 2008
Trinidad and Tobago September 15, 2005
Turkey January 1, 2006 (Variation: Debarked WPM)
Ukraine October 1, 2005
U.S. September 16, 2005 (Exemption granted to Canada — must provide import declaration that shipment derived from trees harvested in U.S. or Canada — import lumber must be ISPM-15; 24-hr methyl bromide fumigation schedule in their requirements for imported packaging effective February 7, 2008)
Venezuela June 1, 2005
Vietnam June 5, 2005