Countries requesting treatment ISPM 15
To avoid the risk of spreading of harmful insects which are present in the wood, FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations) indicated precise standards for packages.
ISPM15 treatment is required by most countries and packages which do not meet these requirements can be rejected or even destroyed.
Why is the treatment required ?
Wood packaging material is frequently made of raw wood that may not have undergone sufficient processing or treatment to remove or kill pests and therefore becomes a pathway for the introduction and spread of pests. Furthermore, wood packaging material is very often reused, recycled or re-manufactured: it is therefore difficult to determine the true origin of any piece of wood packaging material and thus its phytosanitary status cannot be ascertained. For this reason, FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations) has established standards and procedures to comply with in order to eliminate the risk for most quarantine pests that may be associated with that material.
The mark should at minimum include the:
- FAO symbol
- ISO two letter country code followed by a unique number assigned by NPPO (National Plant Protection Organization) to the producer of the wood packaging material, who is responsible for ensuring appropriate wood is used and properly marked
- IPPC abbreviation for the approved measure used (HT o MB)
Circulation Circulation INTRA-EU do not require the use of packaging marked and treated in accordance with ISPM No. 15 , except those coming from Portugal.
Here follows a list of the countries which require ISPM15 treatment for wooden packages.
|Russian Federation (Russia)
|Marian Islands Weeks
|Singapore (Republic of Singapore)
|District of Columbia
|Egypt < td>
|Trinidad and Tobago td>
|Republic of Georgia