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IPPC ISPM-15 Member Countries Update

Countries with implementation changes since last update:

Canada: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency released a new memo regarding the implementation of ISPM 15 (2009) between Canada and the United States. US/Canada Bi-Lateral Agreement Update:

The USDA's latest update on this issue is that there continues to be a lot of "behind the scenes" work on the document related to this matter. The focus of this effort is to make the transition to full ISPM 15 implementation between the two countries as easy as possible for the companies affected on both sides. Because this document continues to be a work in progress, the USDA believes full implementation of ISPM 15 between the two countries will not occur before January 2016.

Jamaica:  new enforcement date is March 1, 2011.

Countries with implementation changes since last update:

Australia: Since July 1, 2010, the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) now accepts wood packaging made of debarked wood (i.e. small pieces of bark are allowed if they are less than 3 cm in width [regardless of length]; or if greater than 3 cm in width, the total surface area can only be about the size of a credit card) as defined in ISPM 15 - 2009 edition.  However, the “bark free” declaration is still required.

JAMAICA: The Ministry of Agriculture Plant Quarantine/Produce Inspection Branch will be enforcing its new ISPM 15-based regulation starting January 1, 2011.

Kenya: Kenya Plant Health Inspection Service (KEPHIS) will be enforcing ISPM 15, but as of yet has no implementation date.

Taiwan: Taiwan’s Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine amended its regulation incorporating ISPM 15 – 2009 edition.

Countries with implementation changes since last update:

Australia: The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) no longer requires a “Newly Manufactured Plywood Declaration” for plywood-veneer packaging. However, AQIS is still monitoring the risks associated with plywood and veneer packaging through surveys and target surveillance in order to verify that risks are adequately managed.

European Union (EU):
EU member states still accept wood packaging fumigated with methyl bromide from other countries outside Europe. Their new regulation prohibiting the use of methyl bromide only applies to fumigation of wood packaging within Europe.

Indonesian Agricultural Quarantine Agency updated its Decree of the Minister of Agriculture No. 12/2009 to go in line with the 2009 edition of ISPM 15 (i.e. made of debarked wood).

The Direction de la Protection des Vegetaux au Ministere de l’Agriculture (Plant Protection Department of the Ministry of Agriculture) of Senegal has proposed an implementation date of August 15, 2010.

Sri Lanka:
The Department of Agriculture of Sri Lanka has been implementing ISPM 15 since March 8, 2010.

Summary information for countries that have begun implementation or announced plans to implement ISPM-15:

Argentina: June 1, 2006

Australia: September 1, 2004 (Variations to ISPM-15: Bark-free + packing declaration for ISPM-15 compliant WPM, 21-day rule does not apply); January 1, 2006 will add wood packaging used in break bulk and air cargo to their ISPM-15 enforcement.

Bolivia: July 23, 2005

Brazil: June 1, 2005

Bulgaria: January 24, 2006

Canada: September 16, 2005 (Exemption granted to U.S.)

Chile: June 1, 2005

China: January 1, 2006

Colombia: September 16, 2005

Costa Rica: March 19, 2006

Cuba: October 1, 2008

Dominican Republic: July 1, 2006

Ecuador: September 20, 2005

Egypt: October 1, 2005

European Union: March 1, 2005

Guatemala: September 16, 2005

February 25, 2006

India:November 1, 2004 (Variation: Phytosanitary certificate required only for WPM not ISPM-15 compliant)

Indonesia: September 2009

Israel: October 31, 2009

Jamaica: October 20, 2007

April 1, 2007

November 17, 2005

March 26, 2006

January 1, 2010

Mexico: September 16, 2005

New Zealand: April 16, 2003; starting November 1, 2009 switched to debarked WPM

Nicaragua: No published date of implementation

Nigeria: September 30, 2004

Norway: January 1, 2008

Oman: December 2006

Paraguay: June 28, 2005

Peru: March 1, 2005

Philippines: June 1, 2005

Senegal: August 15, 2010 (ISPM 15-compliant + bark-free)

Seychelles: March 1, 2006

South Africa: January 1, 2005

South Korea: June 1, 2005

Sri Lanka: March 8, 2010

Switzerland: March 1, 2005

Syria: April 1, 2006

Taiwan: July 2008

Tanzania: No published date of implementation

Thailand: No published date of implementation

Trinidad & Tobago: September 15, 2005

Turkey: January 1, 2006

Ukraine: October 1, 2005

U.S.: September 16, 2005 (Exemption granted to Canada -- must provide import declaration that shipment derived from trees harvested in U.S. or Canada -- import lumber must be ISPM-15; 24-hr methyl bromide fumigation schedule in their requirements for imported packaging effective February 7, 2008)

Venezuela: June 1, 2005

Vietnam: June 5, 2005


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