For Your Information: F3-04 Wooden Packaging Material Used in the Export of any Products from New Zealand

New Zealand Food Safety Authority
Date: 4 March 2004
From: Peter Gollan, Programme Manager (Market Access) Animal Products

(Any queries contact your local verifier)

This FYI cancels and replaces FYI F11-03 Wooden Packaging Material Used in the Export of any Products from New Zealand issued 17 July 2003 due to the amendment in the 1st paragraph of the Agriquality telephone number and the inclusion of an Agriquality email address.

 Manufacturers who are seeking MAF accreditation for production of wood packaging should contact the AgriQuality New Zealand Mount Maunganui office ph: 07 572 0830, Fax: 07 572 0839, Email:

 An International Standard For Phytosanitary Measures  Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade (ISPM 15) has been agreed in the FAO for controls over the quality of wooden packaging materials used for export and import of all products, e.g. animal products, fruit, machinery. The aim is to reduce the risk of importation of pests that could be harboured in or on the wood. The USA and EU are implementing this standard from 1January 2004. A number of other markets have also indicated they will be implementing this standard. Some will be applying this standard to all wooden packaging material used for exports as well is applying it to imports.

 Individual countries may impose stricter conditions than those described in the standard. Exporters should ensure they are aware of these if any.

 New Zealand is not implementing the standard as a specification or requirement at present for  imports or exports, and will continue with inspections of all wooden packaging material associated with imported goods. Any implementation of the standard in New Zealand will be to satisfy export market access requirements only, and will be administered by the MAF Biosecurity Authority.

 The standard requires either heat treatment or fumigation of wooden packaging material, with a mark applied as confirmation of this treatment. All wooden packaging material used in any exports to EU or US after 1 January 2004 must be marked with the approved stamp. The stamp will have to be visible on the wooden packaging at unloading. It is envisaged that each company carrying out treatments or using treated wood for construction of packing material for use with exported goods will be registered, and have allocated an individually numbered, internationally recognised stamp, that also identifies New Zealand as the country of treatment. The standard requires audit of the treatment and identification process by countries exporting to markets that have implemented this standard.

 Forest Biosecurity has been working with AgriQuality New Zealand , sawmillers, pallet manufacturers etc. for some time to ensure that ISPM 15 compliant packaging is available. Currently, some New Zealand wood packaging manufacturers are implementing the treatment requirements and are using an interim mark, with auditing of this process being carried out by AgriQuality New Zealand .

 Exporters should note that importers will usually be liable for any costs involved in fumigation of wood packaging found to be non-complying with this standard (or any other particular country requirements over and above this standard) at import inspections.

 The standard does not include woodwool, or processed timbers, e.g. laminated products.

 There will be some uses of wood where exporters will be unclear whether this standard, or any other standard applies. In these cases, or any other cases where further information on country requirements is sought, refer to the MAF Biosecurity website:

Disclaimer: This 'For Your Information' is intended for use as a guideline only and should not be taken as definitive or exhaustive. NZFSA endeavours to keep this information current and accurate. However, it may be subject to change without notice. NZFSA will not accept liability for any loss resulting from reliance on this information.

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