Timber Packaging

One of the most common problems with both import and export shipments is the presence of wood. It is easy to overlook the presence of timber in pallets and packing materials when the actual shipment has no wooden articles.

Australia and most other countries are parties to the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM). Countries that are parties to this standard will not allow any timber or plant products to cross their borders unless it is certified as compliant with ISPM standard 15 or another equivalent certification. You do not need to concern yourself with the details but in general terms timber will be treated either by heat or by methyl bromide fumigation. Note that it must be certified for export. It is not sufficient to go to the local timber depot and ask for “treated timber”.

As a general rule, the exporter is responsible for ensuring the necessary certification is obtained, however in practical terms it is the importer who will have to deal with the quarantine ramifications of untreated timber.

For importers, you should advise your shipper that all timber must be treated to ISPM15 standards. This will increase the likelihood that any financial consequences of non-compliance will be borne by the shipper not by you. For exporters, you must ensure that any timber components or packing materials are ISPM15 compliant if you are shipping to an ISPM country. There are a number of commercial suppliers of certified timber and/or packing materials, or you can re-use timber that has previously been certified. Contact us and we can put you in touch with a AWPCS-certified supplier.

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