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.
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;
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.