FOREIGN AGRICULTURAL SERVICE
The EU is concerned about the intro and spread of pests by imported Wood Packaging Materials (WPM) so it requires that all imported WPM comply with the FAO International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM 15). ISPM15 lays down guidelines for WPM in international trade. The use of the mark also allows for WPM to maintain a paperless system.
According to EU Directive 2004/102/EC, all WPM entering the EU from all third countries must fulfill these requirements:
WPM has to be debarked when imported to the EU. However it may contain pieces of bark as long as the width is less than 3 cm regardless of the length. If the piece of bark is wider than 3 cm but the total area is less than 50 cm2 it also counts as debarked
WPM from outside the EU must be marked with the
official ISPM15 stamp.
This stamp is universally recognizable,
non-language specific IPPC logo with three codes for the country, producer
and treatment measure applied. Detailed information on the ISPM15 stamp and
the treatments needed on the WPM can be found on the
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)