Our goal and aim is to provide the most current and useful information to the stakeholders of the WPM industry.
The original purpose of this website was to provide a comprehensive source of information on ISPM 15, Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material (WPM) in International Trade, which was adopted by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) in 2002. The IPPC currently has over 200 member countries. An important purpose of the IPPC is to foster international cooperation in controlling pests of plants and plant products and in preventing their spread internationally.
Since 2009 the issue of regulating domestic wood packaging material (dWPM) has been evolving. While direct regulation by APHIS has been taken off the table for the time being the risk assessment carried out by APHIS suggests a self policing best management practices (BMPs) approach to mitigate the spread of invasive species. A project on BMP's for the dWPM industry is under way at Appalachian Hardwood Center. In cooperation with dWPM manufacturers and other stakeholders a presentation outlining possible strategies for the industry will be developed. Read more here
To the best of the authors knowledge, all information herein is accurate. The cooperating organizations hope you find this site a valuable resource in dealing with the phytosanitation issues surrounding WPM in international and domestic trade.