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The UK Government have just released an important revised Technical Notice entitled “Importing and exporting plants and plant products if there’s no withdrawal deal” which specifically states that “in the event of no deal, all WPM (Wood Packaging Material) moving between the UK and the EU must meet ISPM15 international standards by undergoing heat treatment and marking”. WPM includes the following:
- Cable Drums
This means that if the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal, all wood packaging material going into and out of the UK will need to be heat-treated in accordance with ISPM15. “All WPM may be subject to official checks either upon or after entry to the EU” states DEFRA, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the UK.
ISPM15 is the International Standard for Phytosanitary Materials, under the International Plant Protection Convention, that countries must apply to reduce the risk of the introduction and spread of certain pests. ISPM15 requires WPM to be treated (typically using heat-treatment) and marked. On March 29th, the UK will become a Third Country. The EU requires that all imports from third countries that have wooden packaging material must conform to the requirements of ISPM15 and this will be initiated with the UK upon a No Deal Brexit.
The scope of this is vast. It will impact every company in Ireland that is exporting to or importing from the UK or using the UK as a landbridge to and from the continent where WPM is used. “We at CJS have been raising awareness on this unprecedented scenario since early last year and it is now looking more likely than ever”, says Mark Sheeran, Managing Director of CJ Sheeran. “We have installed additional kilns to cater for the substantial volumes of WPM that may now need to be heat-treated to the ISPM15 standard”.
We have met with DAFM and are liaising with the UK’s Forestry Commission to ensure that we are on top of developments”, adds Ashleigh Doyle, Compliance Director at CJS. “With just 72 days to go, we believe that every company in Ireland that uses wooden packaging for exports needs to prepare for this now. Non-compliant shipments will be rejected at the ports”. CJ Sheeran are Ireland’s largest pallet manufacturer, specialising in ISPM15 heat-treatments since 2002 and now have the largest heat-treatment and kiln drying capacity in Ireland and the UK. Contact CJ Sheeran now on 00353 57 87 56700 to ensure that your business is ISPM15 ready.
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