ISPM 15 Countries


ISPM-15 Implementation Date: September 16, 2005

Additions to ISPM-15: None

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.


Firewood, mesquite wood for cooking, and small, noncommercial packages of un-manufactured wood for personal cooking or personal medicinal purposes coming directly from Mexican border states to the US is exempt from ISPM 15 compliance.

References: Gain Report MX5501.
Mexican Official Standard NOM-144-SEMARNAT-2004.
World Trade Organization, G/SPS/N/MEX.207/Add.2; October
24, 2005.
World Trade Organization, G/SPS/N/MEX/204; October 31, 2005.

Posted: June 10, 2006

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