WOOD PACKAGING REQUIREMENTS – FINANCIAL LOSSES RESULT IF WOOD IS NOT PEST-FREE

Pest-infested wood packaging materials continues to be a problem at U.S. ports of entry, causing damage to the agricultural system. Therefore, Customs & Border Protection (CBP) is reminding importers to avoid potential losses by ensuring that all wooden material used to transport shipments is free from pests.

Importers that use non-compliant wood packaging experience significant loss of time and money, and the CBP may reject shipments that are infested or accompanied by uncertified wood packaging. If shipments are returned to origin for proper treatment and certification, re-shipment can take months, and abandoned shipments result in financial penalties.

In addition, the CBP reports that fraudulent wood packaging material certifiers stamp the wood as treated without actually ensuring that the pests inside have been eradicated. Importers are responsible for the state of the wood regardless of whether its certification is false.

Importers to avoid potential losses, all importers should ensuring that all wooden material used to transport shipments is free from pests and treated and marked in compliance with International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM 15) before it leaves the country of origin.

Additional information and suggestions on how to ensure compliant wood packaging are available from our technical consulting group.