Export Compliant Lumber and Packaging
Export Compliance Doesn’t Need to be a Complication
Packaging for export comes with its own set of unique challenges in order to meet export compliance rules. More than 85 countries have adopted the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM15) regulation for wood packaging. ISPM15 is a set of guidelines for regulating wood packaging materials within the international community and during trade.
As a manufacturer who exports your products, you have to prove that the wood products that you use in your packaging are infestation-free and must have an ISPM15 stamp.
Wood packaging materials affected by the regulation include both softwoods and hardwoods, including dunnage, pallets, crates, reels, drums, and load boards. The regulations do not apply to wood packaging made from wood that is processed in such a way as to be free of pests, such as plywood, particle board, oriented strand board or veneer that has been created using glue, heat, or pressure. Even wood packaging made of exempted materials, but combined with solid wood components, must be treated and display an ISPM15 stamp.
There are very specific requirements that must be met to make your packaging export compliant and receive the ISPM15 stamp. You can learn more about that in our Frequently Asked Questions.
Depending on what you’re exporting or where you’re exporting to, your wood packaging may need be either heat treated or fumigated with methyl bromide. In either case, all of your wood packaging must have all the bark removed to meet compliance. Once that’s done, treated wood is stamped or branded with a compliance mark.
Conner is fully certified to provide you with a ISPM-15 or Heat Treated stamp for each piece of lumber required for your application. Your treated wood products will be clearly marked with the ISPM-15 stamp and you will receive the appropriate documentation to ship or sell your products. All our export packaging is fully compliant with the IPPC phytosanitary regulations, and we’re dedicated to enforcing the highest phytosanitary standards.