IPPC International Standard ISPM 15. Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material (WPM) in the Transport of Commodities. International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) A multilateral international treaty dealing with preventing the spread and introduction of plant pests
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Guidelines for Regulating
Wood Packaging Material (WPM) in the Transport of Commodities
Harmonize requirements between signatory countries
Each member country still has to draft
and implement their own regulation.
National Plant Protection Organization
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is recognized as the NPPO for the United States of America
Products affected by International Standard
include unprocessed raw wood (hardwood/softwood)
packaging including dunnage
Marking for Approved Measures (HT & MB)
XX - 000
HT or MB
Mark should contain ISO two letter Country code with unique number assigned by grading agency and the IPPC abbreviation (HT or MB)
NOTE: Where debarking is required, the letters DB should
be added to the abbreviation of the approved measure.
USDA APHIS PPQ
17 Inspection Agencies
Typical Marks of the 26 ALSC Accredited Untreated Agencies Placed on Lumber Indicating the Lumber Has Been Heat Treated In Compliance With ISPM 15
Typical WPM Quality Marks of the 13 ALSC Accredited Agencies Placed on Wood Packaging Material Indicating WPM Has Been Heat Treated In Compliance With ISPM 15
Marks are identical to the mark shown in Annex 2 of the ISPM 15 standard with the exception the accredited agency insignia is added to the marking
The USA’s adoption and enforcement of ISPM 15 on September 16, 2005 also includes the following US controlled territories.
European Union (EU)
All EU member states implemented ISPM 15 effective March 1, 2005. Debarking has been suspended until January 1, 2009. ISPM 15 marking of dunnage has been delayed until December 31, 2007.
Please check the APHIS website dedicated to WPM for updates on WTO notifications or contact an APHIS official.
Contact information is found under Current Export Regulations for Selected Countries and Industry Alert Wood Packaging Materials Notification.
What happens to non-compliant shipments that enter the US?
The American Lumber Standard Committee
Heat Treatment option
National Wooden Pallet & Container Association
MB Fumigation option