Wood Packaging Materials


A Department of defense (DoD) manual (DoD 4140.01-M-1 titled “Compliance for Defense Packaging: Phytosanitary Requirements for Wood Packaging Material (WPM)” dated 09/07/2007 was recently brought to our attention. The entire document can be viewed by clicking on the following link DoD Compliance Manual . The following is a short synopsis of the document.

Relative to the WPM manufacturers supplying new non-manufactured WPM to the DoD there is little of concern in the document other than to restate the DoD requirement that all non-manufactured WPM meet ISPM 15 guidelines using heat treatment (this avoids controversy over the use of methyl bromide re: ozone depletion). What the document explains in detail is how the DoD will bring all WPM currently within their system up to ISPM 15 guidelines, the critical points of which follow.

Non-compliant WPM currently in the system will be:

1. used within the US and US territories or,
2. fumigated and marked according to ISPM standards or,
3. marked as "DOD Pest Free" for material with a "valid" pack date prior to Dec 31, 2007 (they have created a procedure and criteria to be met in order to confirm pest free, yet not synonymous with ISPM 15) or,
4. returned to origin at shippers expense

In essence all of the non-compliant WPM will eventually be “used up” after which only heat treated non-manufactured WPM will be used. A web based training program is available to all Services, Military, DoD civilian, and contractor personnel operating Government Owned, Contractor Operated (GOCO) facilities.

All users must have a valid DoD PKI certificate to access/use the site.


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