U.S. Department of Homeland Security
July 29, 2005
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COMPANIES USING WOOD PACKAGING MATERIAL TO IMPORT THEIR GOODS:
ENFORCEMENT BEGINS ON SEPTEMBER 16
Washington, D.C. – On September 16, 2005, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will begin enforcement
of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
import regulation for wood packaging material (WPM). The rule requires WPM, such as pallets, crates, boxes,
and dunnage used to support or brace cargo, to be treated and marked. In cases of noncompliance, the WPM
will be subject to immediate export along with the accompanying cargo.
CBP is charged with the important mission of preventing terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the
United States, while also facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Facilitating trade includes
administering the laws and regulations designed to prevent the introduction of pests and agroterrorism that could
prove extremely damaging to the U.S. economy.
“The regulations on wood packaging material are necessary to ensure we avoid potentially severe damage to
U.S. economic and agricultural interests,” said CBP Director Michael C. Mullen, Office of Trade Relations. “I
am asking the trade community to provide its full attention to this issue to ensure your company’s compliance
with this rule. Do not risk the exportation of your cargo because of noncompliant wood packaging materials.”
The approved treatments for wood packaging material are 1) heat treatment to a minimum wood core
temperature of 56ºC for a minimum of 30 minutes or 2) fumigation with methyl bromide. To certify treatment,
the WPM must be marked with the following International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) logo. Paper
certificates of treatment will no longer be required or accepted.
Additional information on the enforcement of the wood packaging material regulations will be