ISPM15 - Country Implementation Dates

​​​The ISPM 15 document lists proposed country implementation dates of the 'International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM 15): Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade' for exports containing wood packing material.

This information is provided as a guide only. Individual country implementation dates may change without notice and it is the responsibility of the exporter to comply with importing country requirements at the time of export. Exporters are advised to discuss importing country requirements with their designated importers.

For more information on the implementation of ISPM15 for wood packaging material in exports, please read Industry Advice Notice 2004/23.

If you experience any trouble accessing the information, please email Grain Exports.

Updated 1 May 2013 

Country Implementation Date
Note: ISPM 15 – Regulation of Wood Packaging Material in International Trade was revised in April 2013. All ISPM 15 participating countries now requires that imported wood packaging material be constructed from debarked wood.
Algeria Date of enforcement 1 April 2010 (unofficial communication with the IPPC).
American Samoa US Associated territories and federal district of the USA – see the USA.
Argentina Date of enforcement 1 June 2005.
Australia Date of enforcement 1 September 2004.

If you require further assistance please contact the Timber and Timber Products National Co-ordination Centre. email: Timber Imports For export related queries please contact Grain and Seeds Export Program on telephone: 02 6272 3229 or email: Grain Export
Bolivia Date of enforcement 24 May 2005.  
Brazil Date of enforcement 15 January 2004.
Canada Date of enforcement 5 July 2006.
Chile Date of enforcement 1 June 2005.
China Date of enforcement 1 January 2006.
Colombia Date of enforcement 15 September 2005.
Costa Rica Date of enforcement 19 March 2006.
Cuba Date of enforcement 1 October 2008.
Dominican Republic Date of enforcement 1 July 2006.
Ecuador Date of enforcement 30 September 2005.
Egypt Date of enforcement 1 October 2005.
(EU):
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, 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 and Switzerland.
Date of enforcement 1 March 2005.

Note: The implementation of this standard does not apply to the trade of commodities on wood packaging within the borders of the European Union (including Switzerland under a EU-Swiss bilateral arrangement)
Fiji Date of enforcement January 2013.
French Polynesia Date of enforcement 1 September 2007.
Guam US Associated territories and federal district of the USA – see the USA.
Guatemala Date of enforcement 26 January 2005.
Guyana Date of enforcement 2005 (unofficial communication with the IPPC).
Honduras Date of enforcement 3 February 2006.
Hong Kong Not requested for Hong Kong as final destination, but strongly recommended
India Date of enforcement 1 November 2004.
Indonesia Date of enforcement 1 September 2009.

Indonesia requires an additional declaration by the exporter. Click here for copy of the document: Indonesia ISPM 15 – Exporter Declaration
Israel Date of Enforcement October 2009.
Jamaica Date of Enforcement 1 January 2011.
Japan Date of enforcement 1 April 2007.
Jordan Date of enforcement 17 November 2005.
Kenya Date of enforcement 29 July 2010.
Lebanon Date of enforcement 1 July 2006.
Lesotho Date of Enforcement January 2012.
Malaysia Date of Enforcement 1 January 2010.
Mexico Date of enforcement 16 September 2005.
Mozambique Date of enforcement 17 February 2009.
New Caledonia Date of enforcement 1 June 2006.
New Zealand Date of enforcement 16 April 2003.

Wood packaging must comply with the Import Health Standard Wood Packaging Material from All Countries. Consignments will be risk profiled and a subset of these will be selected for inspection.

To be compliant wood packaging must be treated in accordance with the Import Health Standard using one of the following methods:
  • heat treatment
  • fumigated with methyl bromide
  • fumigated with phosphine
  • chemical preservation
Wood packaging treated and marked in accordance with the ISPM 15 standard meets the requirement of the Import Health Standard.

Additional information is available at: www.mpi.govt.nz.
Nicaragua Notification of the intent to implement ISPM 15 was issued March 2006, but no official enforcement date has been confirmed.
Nigeria Date of enforcement 30 September 2004.
Northern Marianna Islands US Associated territories and federal district of the USA – see the USA.
Norway Date of enforcement 1 January 2008.
Oman Date of enforcement 1 December 2006.
Panama Date of enforcement 17 February 2005.
Paraguay Date of enforcement 28 June 2005.
Peru Date of enforcement 1 September 2005.
Philippines Date of enforcement 1 June 2005.
Puerto Rico US Associated territories and federal district of the USA – see the USA.
Republic of Georgia Unofficial communication.
Republic of South Korea Date of enforcement 1 June 2005.
Russia (Russian Federation) Date of enforcement 15 July 2009 (unofficial communication).
Samoa Enforced - Unofficial sources Phytosanitary certificate is required unless wood packaging material is ISPM 15 compliant. If not ISPM 15 compliant, then one of the following treatments is required within 21 days of export from Australia:
  • fumigation with Methyl Bromide or Sulphuryl fluoride at 80g/m3 for more than 24 continuous hours, at a minimum temperature of 10°C. Phosphine fumigation at 1.41 g/m3 for 72 hours at a minimum 10°C and maximum 30°C. Filleted to 300mm maximum.
or
  • heat treatment at 70°C core temperature for more than 4 hours. Or by an approved chemical preservation method.
All wood packaging material must be free of bark, quarantine pests, decay and other fungi and soil. All wood packaging material will be inspected on arrival in Samoa.
Senegal Date of enforcement 15 August 2010.
Serbia Date of enforcement September 2010.
Seychelles Date of enforcement 1 March 2006.
Singapore Singapore is not demanding ISPM 15 compliance in its own right. For transhipment cargo, and any cargo that is imported solely for re-export, it is recommended that the wooden packaging material should be treated and certified at the country of origin in accordance with the destination country’s requirements for wood packaging material.
South Africa Date of enforcement 1 March 2005.
South Korea Date of enforcement 1 June 2005.
Sri Lanka Date of enforcement 8 March 2010.
Switzerland See European Union
Syria Date of enforcement 1 April 2006.
Taiwan Date of enforcement 1 January 2009.
Thailand Date of enforcement 1 August 2009.
Trinidad and Tobago Date of Enforcement 21 September 2005.
Tunisia Enforced: Unofficial communication with the IPPC
Turkey Date of enforcement 1 January 2006.
Ukraine Date of enforcement 16 September 2005.
USA Date of enforcement 5 July 2006.

Additional information is available at: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ppq/wpm/import.html
Uruguay Unofficial communication with the IPPC
Venezuela Date of enforcement 2 May 2005.
Vietnam Date of enforcement 5 June 2005.
Virgin Islands US Associated territories and federal district of the USA – see the USA.
Wallis and Futuna Date of enforcement 25 June 2013.
Last reviewed: 22 April 2021
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