ISPM 15 Phytosanitary Regulations

So what is ISPM 15 ?

International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures - New international regulations relating to the control and spread of forest pests and timber diseases have recently been introduced. Many countries now require imported timber to satisfy the ISPM 15 phytosanitary regulations which are recognized by the World Trade Organization.

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What are the Phytosanitary Treatments ?

Heat treatment - The wood is heat treated to 56°C for at least 30 minutes

Fumigation - Using Methyl Bromide in accordance with the approved specification.

These processes must be carried out by companies licensed under the UK Wood Packing Material Marking Programme. Approved companies are issued with a license and re-assesed every six months. In both cases the timber must be debarked prior to treatment.

Complying products produced by licensed manufacturers are stamped with a permanent mark to prove conformity. See below.

ISPM 15  Stamp

Which Countries Require an ISPM 15 Phytosanitary Certificate ?

The countries which require these measures include:
Brazil, Columbia, Canada, USA, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, India, Korea, Philippines, Switzerland, Taiwan, Chile, Nigeria and the EU (for non-EU products).

For more detailed and regularly updated information please visit the following websites:


Plant Health Service - The Forestry Commission

United Kingdom Forest Products Association

If you require advice or help relating to shipping products and machinery worldwide then telephone Rob West on 01752 664345.

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