ISPM15 Compliant Packaging Prevents the Spread of Diseases and Pests

World Wide Box & Packaging Corp. takes environmental and international law very seriously. For this reason, we choose to be an ISPM15 compliant company.

About ISPM15

ISPM15 is the international standard for Phytosanitary measures which can be found in International Trade Law, publication number 15 – Regulation of wood packaging material (WPM).

ISPM15 regulations are in place to help prevent the worldwide spread of plant pests and diseased by using specially treated wood packaging material (WPM).

As part of the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Plan Protection Convention (IPPC) controls the regulations through the cooperation of member governments of the United Nations.

WPM

ISPM15 applies to coniferous softwood and non-coniferous hardwood used as raw wood packaging material. The standard does not apply to wood packaging made wholly of manufactured wood-based products such as plywood and veneer, reconstituted wood products such as particle board, shipboard, pressboard, oriented strand board, high and medium density fiber board, or products created using glue, heat and pressure, or a combination of both.

How to tell if your product and/or wood used for packaging has been heat-treated

All treated WPM will have the IPPC mark, which is contained within a rectangular border with a vertical line separating the IPPC logo from the identifying data. The border lines may be solid or broken, and the corners of the rectangle many be rounded.

XX – indicates a two letter ISO country code (in this case, the US)

0000 – indicates the unique identification mark of the wood treatment agent or packaging manufacturer (the number of letters/digits may vary according to country).

The country code and treatment agent, or manufacturer’s code, must be separated by a hyphen.

YY – indicates the type of treatment and will either be HT (Heat Treatment) or MB (Methyl Bromide).