|FOREST PRODUCTS TRADE POLICY HIGHLIGHTS - APRIL 2006|
|Proposed Changes to U.S. CITES Implementing Regulations|
On April 19, 2006, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service published a proposed rule to revise the U.S. regulations that
implement the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of
Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Public comments on the proposed rule will be
accepted through June 19, 2006. The Federal Register notice, which
includes instructions on how to submit public comments, can be found at
Additional information on CITES can be accessed at
For more information contact Tom Westcot at: Thomas.firstname.lastname@example.org.
|CITES FWS Proposal April 2006 Notes (.pdf format)|
|Proposed U.S. Changes to CITES April 19, 2006 (.doc format)|
|New Zealand Notice on Wood Packaging Materials|
On April 19, 2006, the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) notified stakeholders that its proposed revisions to the New Zealand Import Health Standard for Wood Packaging would begin on May 1, 2006. Recognizing that many stakeholders identified the need for additional time to prepare for the import requirements outlined in the standard, MAF has decided to phase-in enforcement according to the schedule below.
For wood packaging arriving after May 1, 2006:
1. New Import Health Standard for Wood Packaging enters into force.
2. Wood packaging should comply with the import requirements.
3. MAF will risk profile all consignments and select a subset for inspection.
4. Any wood packaging found to be infested with pests will be treated, reshipped or destroyed.
5. Wood packaging found to be free of pests may be granted biosecurity clearance.
6. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Quarantine Service (AFQS) will tag non-compliant wood packaging with an advisory notice.
For wood packaging arriving after July 1, 2006:
1. Wood packaging must comply with the import requirements.
2. MAF will risk profile all consignments and select a subset for inspection.
3. Any untreated or uncertified wood packaging found will be treated, destroyed, or refused entry, regardless of whether pests are found.
4. A notice of non-compliance will be issued for any untreated or uncertified wood packaging.
5. Information from these non-compliances will be used to feedback into the risk profiling system, meaning that goods from importers who develop a history of non-compliance will more frequently be selected for inspection.
|Chile Modifies Quarantine Regulations Pertaining to Methyl Bromide and Phosphine Treatments for Sawn Wood and Logs|
|Note: text in Spanish with rough unofficial partial English translation.|
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