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ISPM 15

Plastic pallets are ideal for export consignments as they are completely exempt from ISPM15 regulations.

ISPM 15 is the International Phytosanitary Standard for wood packaging. It was developed by the International Protection Plant Convention (IPPC), and is gradually being adopted by countries and markets throughout the world. Its intention is to stop the spread of wood pests between countries, after experiences with the Pine Wood Nematode, the long-horn beetle and other pests.

The effect on exporters is that they must ensure that any wooden packaging used in consignments meet the requirements as they are introduced throughout the world. Many major export markets are already adopting ISPM 15, as failure to use the correctly treated and certified wooden pallets will cause delays and extra costs at the port of entry.

The chart below shows the import requirements for wooden pallets and highlights that plastic pallets are totally exempt from ISPM15 regulations.

Country ISPM 15 Implementation Wooden Pallet Special Import Requirements Plastic Pallet Special Import Requirements
Argentina 1st January 2006 ISPM 15 mandatory NONE
Australia 1st January 2004 ISPM 15 mandatory NONE
Canada 1st January 2004 ISPM 15 mandatory NONE
China 1st October 2002 ISPM 15 plus Phytosanitary Certs NONE
EU 1st January 2005 ISPM 15 mandatory NONE
India 1st April 2004 ISPM 15 plus Phytosanitary Certs NONE
Mexico 1st July 2004 ISPM 15 mandatory NONE
South Africa 1st January 2005 ISPM 15 mandatory NONE
South Korea 1st July 2004 ISPM 15 mandatory NONE
Switzerland 1st January 2005 ISPM 15 mandatory NONE
USA 1st July 2004 ISPM 15 mandatory NONE

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For further information about our range of plastic export pallets, which are totally exempt from ISMP15 regulations, call our expert team of advisors on 01323 744057 or email sales@goplasticpallets.com.