ISPM 15 Countries - Updated September 22, 2009



 Countries

ISPM 15
Required?

Barkfree
Required?

 Comments

 Argentina

X

Effective June 1, 2005.

 Australia

X

X

Effective September 1, 2004.  All wood must be bark-free with a packaging declaration from the supplier/exporter.  Only newly manufactured plywood/veneer is accepted.  Pre-used plywood is not acceptable without further treatment (HT/MB).  A newly manufactured plywood products certificate is required from the manufacture of the WPM.  This certificate should include a description of the consignment, where the plywood/veneer was produced, date of plywood manufacture, a declaration stating the plywood products are not pre-used, and should be signed and dated. 

 Bolivia

X

Effective May 24, 2005.

 Brazil

X

Effective June 1, 2005.  In the absence of ISPM 15 packaging, the packaging must be free of bark, live insects, and signs of of potential insect infestation (insect damage).

 Canada

X

Effective July 5, 2006.  Wood packaging originating in the United States will be exempt from the requirement.  Note: this exemption is set to expire starting in 2009 and will be phased in gradually over the next few years.  Full enforcement of ISPM 15 compliance for shipments moving across the US/Canadian border will likely begin in 2011. 

 Chile

X

Effective June 1, 2005. 

 China

X

Effective January 1, 2006.

 Columbia

X

Effective September 15, 2005.

 Costa Rica

X

Effective March 19, 2006.  Costa Rica requires a mark of (TT) for heat treatment and (BM) for methyl bromide fumigation for wood packaging material.

 Dominican Republic

X

Effective July 1, 2006.

 Ecuador

X

Effective September 30, 2005.

 Egypt

X

Effective October 1, 2005.

 European Union (EU)

X

See Comments

Debarking Note: the EU suspended the debarking requirement of packaging until January 1, 2009. PLIB has received notice from the American Lumber Standards Committee in regards to a new European Union (EU) debarking requirement.  Starting July 1, 2009 lumber used in wood packaging, including dunnage, that is shipped to the countries of the EU will be subject to the following bark limitations.  Bark 3 cm or less in width can be unlimited in length, if over 3 cm wide bark patch is limited to 50 square centimeters or approximately credit card size. List of European Union Member Countries.

 Guatemala

X

Effective January 25, 2005.  Enforcement is set to the date that the exporting country has the same requirement (The United States and Canada is September 16, 2005). 

 Honduras

X

Effective March 3, 2006.

 India

X

Effective November 1, 2004. India will also accept phytosanitary certificates covering packaging, however the United States Department of Agriculture will not issue certificates for packaging.

 Indonisia

X

Effective September 1, 2009.

Israel

X

Effective October 1, 2009.

 Japan

X

Effective April 1, 2007.

 Jordan

X

Effective November 17, 2005.

Kenya

X

Effective January 1, 2006.

Korea

X

(See South Korea)

Lebanon

X

Effective September 1, 2006.

 Mexico

X

Effective July 5, 2006. 

 New Zealand

X

X

Effective April 29, 2003. 

 Nicaragua

Nicaragua has posted an intent to implement, but there is no implementation date yet.

 Nigeria

X

Effective September 30, 2004.

 Norway

 

X

 Effective January 1, 2008.  It is suggested to be without bark and all dunnage must be square and without rounding. 
The wood must be free of grub holes larger than 3mm caused by the genus Monochamus spp. AND the wood moisture content at time of production must not exceed 20%.

Oman

X

Effective December 1, 2006.

   Panama

X

Effective February 17, 2005.

Paraguay 

X

Effective July 13, 2005.

 Peru

X

Effective January 1, 2006.

 Philippines

X

Effective June 1, 2005. 

 Russia

X

Russia has not adopted ISPM 15, however, coniferous WPM is required to be free from bark, free from live pests and grub holes greater than 3mm caused by Monochamus spp. (sawyer beetles) and produced from lumber which achieved a MC of less than 20% at the time of manufacture. 
Non-coniferous WPM must be free from bark and live pests or signs of contamination.
These regulations also apply to the following countries:
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

Seychelles 

X

Effective March 1, 2006.

 South Africa

X

Effective March 1, 2005.

 South Korea

X

Effective December 7, 2006.  Korea also requires that methyl bromide fumigation not be used as a treatment option for those countries with the pinewood nematode (the United States and Canada).

 Switzerland

X

Effective March 1, 2005.  Switzerland is not an EU member state, however, their requirements mirror those of the European Union.

 Syria

X

Effective April 1, 2006.

    Taiwan

 

X

Taiwan intends to implement the ISPM 15 standard beginning January 1, 2009.  Draft documents are currently available (here)

 Trinidad and Tobago

X

Effective September 15, 2005. 

 Turkey

X

Effective January 1, 2006.

 United States

X

Effective July 5, 2006.   Wood packaging originating from Canada is exempt from this regulation.  Note: this exemption is set to expire starting in 2009 and will be phased in gradually over the next few years.  Full enforcement of ISPM 15 compliance for shipments moving across the US/Canadian border will likely begin in 2011. 

 Venezuela

X

Effective June 1, 2005. 

 Vietnam

X

Effective June 5, 2005.