As we advised March 18, 2009, Canada will refuse entry of shipments with wood packaging from China if the IPPC mark is not present on wood packaging materials starting September 1, 2009. This decision was made in agreement with Chinese officials.

International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) No. 15 requires that wood packaging (including pallets) either be heat-treated or fumigated with methyl bromide and marked with an internationally recognized International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) stamp. This measure is to reduce the risk of harmful pests being introduced into Canada through untreated wood packaging materials.

The strict enforcement of ISPM Standard No. 15 for shipments from China will be as follows:

  • Beginning September 1, 2009, the Canada Border Services Agency will refuse the entry of any wood packaging material certified with a Chinese phytosanitary certificate in lieu of a valid IPPC stamp – the stamp will be mandatory for shipments from China.
  • Phytosanitary certificates for shipments from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are not affected by this measure.

    Shipments found to contain wood packaging that do not meet Canadian import requirements will be ordered removed from Canada and are the responsibility of the importer or person in care and control of the shipment.

    The CBSA will continue to issue non-compliance notifications for shipments from other-than China that do not meet the ISPM No. 15 regulations as follows:

  • If the wood packaging is unmarked, it is non-compliant, and importers will receive a non-compliance notification letter. The shipment may also be refused entry into Canada.
  • • If the wood packaging is infested, it will be refused entry.
  • Importers should coordinate with their suppliers and forwarders to ensure that pallets used for all Canadian-bound consignments are compliant with the requirements. Local warehouses and carriers will not undertake the responsibility to verify and re-palletize cargo for import and export shipments.

    A sample IPPC stamp is found at:
    CFIA Directive D98-08 Appendix 2

    Entry Requirements for Wood Packaging Materials Produced in All Areas Other Than the Continental United States is available on the CFIA website at:
    CFIA Directive D98-08

    Additional information concerning this and other recent developments is available from our technical consulting group.