Brexit factsheet: Wood packaging and ISPM 15 compliance

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK businesses will need to comply with ISPM 15 regulations on wood packaging imports to the EU. Check your packing company and suppliers are compliant.

In accordance with ISPM 15 regulations, the European Union require that wood packaging material may only be imported into the EU from ‘third countries’ if they meet the following conditions:

  • Heat treatment achieving temperature of 56ºC, for a minimum duration of 30 continuous minutes
  • Wood exceeding certain dimensions, material must be heated to achieve a minimum temperature of 60 °C for one continuous minute with entire coverage of the wood
  • Fumigated with methyl bromide and sulfuryl fluoride

ISPM 15 compliance and Brexit

ISPM 15 regulations were introduced to prevent the spread of beetles and other pests. These rules do not apply for trade between EU member states.

If, however the UK leaves the European Union, it will no longer be part of the Single Market and it will revert to ‘third country’ status which requires that wood packaging meets the above conditions.

All timber packaging must be treated at source (by the UK exporter).

What actions does your business need to take?

If your business uses a freight forwarder or packing company check with them that the wood packaging material is ISPM15 compliant. Ensure you receive assurances of compliance.

If your business undertakes its own packing check that the supplier of the wood packaging is ISPM15 compliant.

Membership of the UK Wood Packaging Material Marking Programme (UKWPMMP) is a statutory requirement for producing ISPM15 certified packaging.

Find UK ISPM suppliers

Learn more about ISPM 15 regulations on GOV.UK

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