Wood Packaging Material Import Requirements

Wood packaging material (WPM) import requirements are strict guidelines put in place to protect Canadian ecosystems from non-native pests found in WPM.

Quarantine pests found in wood packaging (pallets, crates, spools, dunnage, etc.) present a significant threat to forest health worldwide. Pests that are native to the forests in one region of the world may not be native to the forests in another region. When pests are introduced into a forest ecosystem where they are non-native, it can have a significant effect on forest health and biodiversity.

The International Standard for Phytosanitary Measure No. 15 (ISPM 15), “Regulation of Wood Packaging Material in International Trade” is an international standard that was developed to help reduce the spread of wood-borne pests in solid wood packaging materials. ISPM 15 is written and controlled by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). The IPPC is a part of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Currently there are approximately 85 countries that require imported wood packaging to be ISPM 15 compliant and more countries are expected to adopt this measure in the future.

When the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) intercepts non-compliant WPM, it takes immediate action to limit the risk.

Please consult with ARGO Customs brokers is you have any questions related to customs consulting in Toronto or WPM via the live chat option at our web-site www.argocustoms.com.