European rules on wood packaging material in Koper as well

04.08.2005

Wood packaging material is commonly made of less precious wood. It represents quite a potential for the introduction and spreading of harmful plant pests as it is being used in the international transportation. The risk is further greater in case it is made by raw, non treated wood.

According to the provisions of Commission Directive 2004/102/EC, which has implemented the Interantional Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM 15), in Slovenia, as in the other EU Member States, new requirements concerning the regulated wood packaging material have come in force on 1st March 2005.

ISPM 15 requires that all regulated wood packaging material :
- have to be treated by an approved measure and 
- have the appropriate mark applied 
- must be either heat treated or fumigated  by methyl bromide,

Regulated Wood Packaging Material is:
- crates, drums, packing cases, load boards and pallets
- wood used to wedge or support a non-wood commodity but which does not remain associated with the commodity

Consignments with wood packaging material entering the EU through the Port of Koper will be inspected by Phytosanitary Inspection and Customs Services
In case of non compliance with ISPM 15 requirements, phytosanitary measures, such as: entry refusal, treatment or destruction of wood packaging material will be ordered.

During the transitional period (until the end of 2007) a mark without the ISPM15 logo, but with a country code, producer number and approved measure code (HT or MB) is considered to be in accordance with the ISPM15 requirements.

ISPM15 requirements apply for dunnage too. During the transitional period (until the end of 2007), the ISPM15 logo is not required, when this wood is pests and bark free. 
EUR/EPAL pallets (UIC standard) with appropriate marks are considered to be in accordance with the ISPM15 requirements.

Company DDD (Disinfection, Disinfestation and Deratization) in Port Koper is officially authorised to perform fumigation by methyl bromide, in accordance with ISPM15 (www.ddd-koper.si).

For additional information please contact the Phitosanitary Inspection (tel. +386 1 30 94 379, e-mail:  furs.mkgp@gov.siwww.furs.si) .
Further information is available at:
The Food Safety website of DG Health & Customer Protection;
The official website for the International Plant Protection Convention .