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Exports of Wood Packaging Material (ISPM No 15)

In relation to exports, the Forest Service is responsible for the implementation of the FAO, IPPC, International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) No. 15, Guidelines for regulating wood packaging material in international trade.  ISPM No. 15 describes phytosanitary measures to reduce the risk of introduction and/or spread of quarantine pests associated with wood packaging material made of raw wood, in use in international trade. 

Wood packaging material, which is being exported from Ireland to most non-EU countries around the world, is required to comply with ISPM No. 15.   ISPM No. 15 thereby facilitates exports by Irish companies of goods of all kinds, which are being transported using wooden pallets, crates, loose wood dunnage etc.  In practice wood packaging material made from unprocessed raw wood and used in supporting, protecting or carrying a commodity, must be heat treated or fumigated in a specified manner and each individual unit of the wood packaging material must be stamped on at least two sides with the officially approved ISPM No. 15 mark verifying the treatment and incorporating the country code and the registration number of the producer of the packaging.

ISPM No. 15 currently does not apply to wood packaging material which is being dispatched to other EU Member States.

The following services are available in relation to ISPM No. 15:

  • Registration of producers of wood packaging material and kiln operators in association with NSAI
  • Advice to wood packaging material manufacturers and kiln operators concerning ISPM No. 15
  • Advice to exporting companies concerning ISPM No. 15

For further information concerning the above please contact  - Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Agriculture House (3 West), Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 607 2651,  Fax: 01 607 2545,
email: forestprotection@agriculture.gov.ie