ISPM 15 Countries



ISPM-15 Implementation Date: September 16, 2005

Additions to ISPM-15:

Canada has adopted the April 2006 modification by the IPPC (International Plant Protection Convention) of the technical requirements for methyl bromide treatment. This amendment does not affect the movement of WPM from the United States into Canada. Posted: October 30, 2006

Notes: The United States, Canada, and Mexico, under the auspices of the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO), have agreed to implement a Phased Compliance process for Wood Packaging Material (WPM), beginning September 16, 2005 and continuing through July 5, 2006. The NAPPO strategy for enhanced enforcement will be conducted in three (3) Phases, as outlined below. This description of Phased Compliance is based on the most current set of written documentation available through APHIS and CBP (Customs and Border Protection).

Phase 1

On September 16, 2005, an informed compliance period will begin and will extend through January 31, 2006. During this period no stoppage of shipments for non-ISPM 15 compliant WPM will occur. The Informed Compliance will occur via account managers and through written notices posted in connection with cargo containing non-compliant WPM.

Phase 2

During the period, February 1, 2006 through July 4, 2006, informed compliance will continue on all regulated WPM, except pallets and crates. Full enforcement of the ban on non-compliant pallets and crates will be implemented, and will result in re-exportation from North America.

Phase 3

Beginning July 5, 2006, full enforcement on all articles of regulated WPM entering the US, Canada, and Mexico will begin. All informed compliance activities will be discontinued at this point.


WPM comprised entirely of Canadian origin wood or US origin wood is exempt from the treatment and marking requirements in trade between the two countries. Such shipments remain subject to inspection and must be accompanied by an importer document stating that they are derived totally from trees harvested in Canada or the United States. However, if the WPM contains a live pest infestation, the current policies, in each country, take precedence in eradicating the live pests.

The US, through Customs and Border Protection (CBP), has decided that the country of origin of the commodity is the country of origin of the WPM on all shipments coming from Canada, absent an indication to the contrary. For instance, Chinese-made goods coming from Canada will be considered Chinese and must be treated and marked according to ISPM 15 requirements.

References: World Trade Organization, G/SPS/N/CAN/163; March 18, 2003.
World Trade Organization, G/SPS/N/CAN/163/Add1; May 20, 2003.
World Trade Organization, G/SPS/N/CAN/163/Rev1; June 21, 2004.

Updated: October 30, 2006

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