17 August 2022
Keep in mind the ISPM 15 guideline for wooden packaging material when exporting.
What is ISPM 15?
The ISPM 15 (International Phytosanitary Measure 15) is a phytosanitary regulation established by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC).
The ISPM 15 regulates the treatment of wood used in the international movement of goods, with the aim of killing organisms such as parasites in the wood.
Wood used for packaging for international transport, or for stowing (securing) cargo, for example in containers, must be treated phytosanitary. This applies mainly to transport packaging such as export crates and pallets. The treatment is confirmed by means of an ISPM 15 marking on the wood.
The ISPM 15 treatment of packaging wood is done by heat treatment or fumigation with methyl bromide. The latter has been banned in the EU since 2010.
Why ISPM 15?
The ISPM 15 was created to prevent living, harmful organisms from spreading worldwide through wooden packaging material. And thus cause damage on other continents, or even become a pest.
Treating wooden packaging according to ISPM 15 prevents harmful organisms, such as beetles and beetles, from migrating onto pallets, crates or dunnage.
What does ISPM 15 mean for international trade?
ISPM 15 is in force for trade with countries outside the European Union. Packing wood and dunnage used in trade between the EU and other countries must be in conformity with ISPM15. And carry the IPPC mark confirming this.
More and more countries are making it compulsory to comply with the requirements of ISPM 15 when importing wood packaging. And the customs authorities monitor the ISPM 15 rules more and more strictly during import checks.
If your cargo in wooden packaging does not meet the ISPM 15 requirements, it can be blocked by customs and returned. With delays and extra costs for you as a result.
What should you do to avoid blocking of your cargo by customs based on ISPM 15?
Make sure that your wooden packaging, pallets and dunnage are ISPM 15 compliant.
And that this is clearly and correctly indicated on the packaging (by the IPPC mark with the identification of the holder of the ISPM 15 license).
If you wish, you can supplement this with an ISPM 15 certificate that you include with the shipping documents
What can DEUFOL do for you?
As an international packaging company, DEUFOL is ISPM 15 certified. All Deufol sites that pack goods for export, in Belgium and worldwide, have an ISPM 15 permit with the accompanying internationally known license number. We place this on all the wooden packaging we produce.
The ISPM 15 licence numbers for Deufol in Belgium and France:
Deufol Paris Airport
Deufol Brussels Airport
Deufol Port of Antwerp
This way we do not only ensure the perfect packaging for your product. We also work to prevent it from being blocked during a customs inspection for ISPM 15.
Reduce the risk of issues related to ISPM 15. With DEUFOL ConPLY.
Customs controls can sometimes be unexpected and incomprehensibly strict. For customers who want even more security, Deufol has created the ConPLY packaging range.