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.
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”.
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