The International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures publication number 15 ("ISPM #15") is the regulation of wood packaging material (WPM) in international trade.  The regulations were established to assist in the prevention of the worldwide spread of plant pests and diseases by using specially treated wooden packaging material (WPM).  As part of the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) controls the regulations through the cooperation of member governments of the United Nations.

ISPM15 applies to coniferous softwood and non-coniferous hardwood used as raw wood packaging material. The standard does not apply to wood packaging made wholly of manufactured wood-based products such as plywood, particle board, oriented strand board or products created using glue.

You can tell if the wood packaging material has been treated by looking for the special IPPC mark.  See the below picture as an example.  For more information on the IPPC controls or ISPM #15 Standards, please see below or use the search bar to research on Google.
If you ship your product overseas you might be at risk, unless you know for certain that your supplier is able to meet the requirements of the ISPM #15 regulations.

LEFCO Worthington meets all IPPC and ISPM #15 requirements and can provide a guaranteed certification that your international shipment will not be rejected by border investigators due to non-compliance issues.  We will provide heat treating services and the required documentation expected by border investigators.  Trust us as a member of your logistics team to get it right and to help you move your product across the globe.
To get the latest on the countries that adhere to the ISPM #15 requirements, visit the www.USDA.gov website.
ISPM #15 Glossary
WPM Enforcement Regulations
ISPM #15 Standards
IPPC Standards
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