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Earlier ISPM15 adoption for WPM crossing US and Canada borders

Although the U.S. and Canadian governments have agreed to do away with the current ISPM 15 exemption for solid wood packaging materials (WPM) moving across the U.S./Canadian border, the timeline has suddenly become seemingly more pressing.

It was no surprise when the countries adopted a plan to remove the exemption for the ISPM15 regulation that had previously been accepted by the two countries. For nearly a year, both countries have been looking to begin regulating the wood packaging materials that cross one another's border in the same manner as wood packaging materials entering from all other countries.

Change in dates
The original plan was to begin implementing the new rules in 2012, handing out warnings and requiring that WPMs be heat treated prior to crossing each other's border; a complete implementation was set for no earlier than January 2013.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) are now proposing to begin carrying out the new regulations in early 2012 for wooden pallets and containers, dunnages would be required to respect the new regulations by mid 2012.

Concerns re-fast forward implementation
The new legislation that will eliminate the current ISPM15 exemption is not yet in place, nor is the date completely agreed upon, but already, concerns are being expressed by the Canadian Wood Pallet and Container Association (CWPCA), especially if the new legislation's implementation is fast forwarded.

- The CWPA has calculated that an accelerated implementation of the ISPM15 exemption will likely add $2 to the cost of each pallet and wooden crate. With an approximate 150 million wood packages requiring heat treatment in the first year, the industry is looking at additional costs of around $300 million. It is thought that the cost will shrink in the following years, but remain around $200 million/annually.

- The CWPCA has raised a flag relating to instances where border officials could delay exports on wood packaging materials bearing a valid IPPC stamp. (Wood pallets and wooden crates which have been heat treated and stamped with the IPPC stamp and certification number meet the ISPM15 requirements and can therefore move freely on all continents. The International Plant Protection Convention's mission is to protect cultivated and wild plants by stopping the spread of pests.) The CWPCA wants to be certain that border officials receive adequate training to ensure that exports bearing a valid IPPC stamp will not be delayed.

Regardless of the actual implementation deadline for the adoption of the ISPM15 requirements pertaining to Canada and U.S. imports and exports, the change will certainly have an impact. Financial involvements, border crossing delays, training requirements and many others factors; selecting a wood pallets manufacturer who can provide you with IPPC and ISPM15 certified wood pallets and wooden crates will be a sound investment.

L.C.N. inc. guarantees that their heat treated pallets and wood crates meet the ISPM15 requirements and are stamped with the internationally recognized IPPC logo and certification number. Visit us at L.C.N.

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