There are more than 85 countries around the world that have adopted the ISPM 15 regulation for wood packaging since its inception in 2001, and the list continues to grow.
PLIB has compiled a list of ISPM 15 countries as a reference for you. We do our best to keep the list updated but users may want to check with the plant health authority in the destination country when exporting to another country to be sure. Even if your destination country does not require ISPM 15 wood packaging, it is a recommended practice that any wood packaging moving through international borders be certified ISPM 15 compliant to avoid potential issues at the port.
You can also check the USDA APHIS website for additional information.
If you have any questions about specific countries or to subscribe to PLIB’s ISPM 15 wood packaging program, call us at (253) 835-3344 or contact us via email.
The following countries require ISPM 15 compliant wood packaging, effective as of June 2015:
- Australia – The bark-free requirement for wood packaging is no longer in effect. Beginning July 1, 2010 Australia will begin accepting wood packaging that complies with the bark tolerances indicated in ISPM 15
- Canada – Wood packaging originating in the United States is currently exempt from the ISPM 15 requirement. This exemption is set to expire in the near future and enforcement of ISPM 15 will be phased in gradually. This information will be updated when implementation dates have been established.
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- European Union (EU) – Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
- New Zealand
- Puerto Rico – As a territory of the United States, ISPM 15 compliance is not required on WPM originating in the United States or Canada. WPM originating from countries other than the U.S. and Canada must be ISPM 15 compliant.
- South Africa
- South Korea – Korea does not permit methyl bromide fumigation as a treatment option for those countries with the pinewood nematode (the United States and Canada).
- Sri Lanka
- Switzerland – Switzerland is not an EU member state, however, their requirements for ISPM 15 mirror those of the European Union.