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ISPM 15 & IPPC regulations

What is ISPM15?
The International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures, publication number 15 - Regulation of wood packaging material (WPM) in international trade.

Why ISPM15?
The regulations are to help prevent the worldwide spread of plant pests and diseases by using specially treated wooden packaging material (WPM).

Who controls ISPM15?
As part of the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) controls the regulations through the cooperation of member governments of the UN.

What is classed as WPM?
ISPM15 applies to coniferous softwood and non-coniferous hardwood used as raw wood packaging material. The standard does not apply to wood packaging made wholly of manufactured wood-based products such as plywood and veneer, reconstituted wood products (particle board, chipboard, Presswood, oriented strand board, high density fibre board, and medium density fibre board) or products created using glue, heat and pressure or a combination thereof.

How can you tell if WPM has been treated?
All treated WPM will have the IPPC mark, as shown below:

IPPC15 Sample

What do the markings indicate?

The markings must be within a rectangular border with a vertical line separating the IPPC logo (on the left) from the identifying data.

The border lines may be solid or broken; and the corners may be rounded.

XX - indicates a two letter ISO country code
0000 - the next series of letters/numbers is the unique identification mark of the wood treatment agent or packaging manufacturer. The number of letters or digits may vary according to each country.

The country code and treatment agent or manufacturer code must be separated by a hyphen.

YY - This indicates the type of treatment, and will either be HT (Heat Treatment) or MB (Methyl Bromide).

ISPM 15 Stamp Certification
Lee Inspection has customer-friendly experts with leading knowledge in the field of international exports and import requirements. Once certified, our staff will make sure that your company is equipped with the proper procedures and marking devices to allow your shipments to be fully ISPM 15 compliant and IPPC ready.

ISPM-15 Requirements
Compliance with ISPM-15 fumigation and stamp services for wood packaging allows for 2 treatment options:

Heat Treatment Certification
The American Lumber Standard Committee accredits Lee Inspection to provide an ISPM 15 stamp for all of your international shipping needs. Our services ensure your wood
packaging products comply with international standards under ISPM 15 regulations. Our goal is to make this process easy to understand and implement.

For more information, or to become certified, call us today! For individual country update information, visit the USDA Website.

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