Wood packaging material (EU rules)

Wood packaging material in use refers to wood or wood products (excluding paper products) used in the transport of objects of all kinds for supporting, protecting or carrying a commodity. This includes crates, drums, packing cases, load boards and pallets.

Dunnage for non-wood cargo concerns wood used to wedge or support a non-wood commodity but which does not remain associated with the commodity.

The EU requirements for wood packaging material and dunnage are based on the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) n°15.

Directive 2005/15/EC (amending Directive 2004/102/EC ) sets the requirements for non-EU imports into the EU of wood packaging material and dunnage.

All wood packaging material and dunnage from non-EU countries must be:

  • either heat treated or fumigated in line with ISPM15 procedures;
  • officially marked with the ISPM15 stamp consisting of 3 codes (country, producer and measure applied) and the IPPC logo;
  • debarked.

These requirements do not apply to:

  • wood 6mm thick or less;
  • wood packaging material made entirely from processed wood produced using glue, heat and pressure e.g. plywood, oriented strand board and veneer;
  • wood packaging material used in trade within the EU.
Last updated: 21/08/2019