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ISMP 15: EEPAC is certified with an ISPM 15 stamp, otherwise known as a HT stamp, for all our wood products.  See below for frequently asked questions about ISPM 15 regulations.

Q: What is ISPM 15?

A: ISMP 15 is the standard set forth by the IPPC, International Plant Protection Convention, and adopted by a growing number of countries to help reduce the risk of indroduction and/or spread of pests associated with wood packing material (WPM), including dunnage.  For a full list of countries that have adopted ISPM 15 regulations please click here.

Q: What WPM IS REGULATED UNDER ISPM 15?

A: These guidelines apply to all coniferous (softwood) and non-coniferous (hardwood) raw wood packing material that may serve as a pathway for plant pests.  The regulations apply to WPM such as pallets, dunnage, crating, packing blocks, drums, cases, load boards, pallet collars, and skids. This information can be found in section 2 of ISPM 15. (EXTERNAL LINK TO ISPM 15)

Q: WHAT WMP’S ARE EXEPMT FROM ISMP 15 REGULATIONS?

A: Wood packaging made wholly of wood based products such as plywood, particle board, oreinted strand board, or veneer that have been created using glue, heat and pressure or a combination thereof (otherwise known as manufactured wood products), are unlikely to be infested with raw wood pests due to the nature of their processing and are therefore exempt from ISMP 15 regulations.  Veneer peeler cores, sawdust, wood wool and shavings, and wood cut into thin strips (6mm thickness or less) are also exempt.

Q: WHAT IS THE TREATMENT PROCESS REQUIRED BY ISPM 15?

A: ISPM 15 allows for 2 types of treatment.

The first is Heat Treatment (HT).  In order to comply with heat treatment standards the WPM must be heated in accordance with a specific time-temperature schedule that achieves a minimum wood core temperature of 56˚C for a minimum of 30 minutes.  Kiln-drying (KD), chemical pressure impregnation (CPI), or other treatments may be considered HT treatments to the extent that these meet the HT specifications.  Heat treatment is indicated by the mark HT. Specifics on the marks can be found in the ANNEX II of ISPM 15.

The second is Methyl Bromide (MB) fumigation.  This requires that the WPM be fumigated with methyl bromide.  There are different standards depending on the temperature of the wood but you can find a table in ANNEX I of ISPM 15.  However, the minimum temperature should not be less than 10˚C and the minimum exposure time should be 24 hours.  Monitoring of Methyl Bromide concentrations should be carried out at a minimum at 2, 4 and 24 hours.  MB treatment is indicated by the mark MB.

Q: WHAT REQUIREMENTS ARE THERE FOR THE HT AND MD MARKINGS?

A: The mark should include the following:

1.IPPC symbol

2.ISO two letter country code followed by a unique number assined by the NPPO to the producer of the wood packing material, who is responsible for ensuring appropriate wood is used and properly marked.

3.ippc abbreviation according to annex I for the approved measure used (e.g. HT, MB).

     In addition the markings should be:

1.legible

2.permanent and not transferable

3.placed in a visible location, preferably on at least two opposite sides of the article being certified.

     This information is availabe in ISPM 15 Annex I

Q: What is the export certification process for ISPM 15?

A: The American Lumber Standard Committee has developed an official program in order to impliment a quality control program for the official lableing of heat treated WPM with the ISPM 15 official mark.  This is how it applies to EEPAC’s operations: We must buy HT lumber from a lumber mill that has been ALSC accredited and we can then cut the lumber as needed.  In turn we have a ALSC accredited inspection service come to our facility on a monthly basis and inspect our lumber to ensure that we have stayed compliant to all ALSC standards for maintaining HT lumber.  That inspection service then issues us a stamp contigent on the fact that we stay compliant.  It is this stamp that is used as an export identifier.  Without this stamp, even with a lumber mill stamp, the lumber is NOT in compliance with ISPM 15 regulations.

Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF MY SHIPMENT IS NOT COMPLIANT?

A: Different countries have different measures in place for non-compliant WPM but in the most severe cases the shipment can be rejected or even disposed of.