009/16/Gen.Inf. New regulation on Wood Packaging Material effective from February

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The Swedish P&I Club informs that effective from February 1st, 2016 a new regulation will apply on wood packaging material. However, it will not apply to cargoes carried under bills of lading issued before the date of entering into force.

The following items of low risk are expressly exempted from the provisions of the regulation:
1. Wood packaging material made entirely from wood of 6mm or less in thickness;
2. Wood packaging material made wholly of processed wood material, such as plywood, particle board, oriented strand board or veneer that has been created using glue, heat or pressure, or a combination thereof;
3. Barrels for wine and spirit that have been heated during manufacture;
4. Gift boxes for wine, cigars and other commodities made from wood that has been processed and/or manufactured in a way that renders it free of pests;
5. Sawdust, wood shavings and wood wool when used as packaging material; and
6. Wood components permanently attached to freight vehicles and containers
7.Consignments of wood (timber/lumber) which is supported by dunnage that is constructed from wood of the same type and quality that meets the same phytosanitary requirements as the wood in the consignment, because the dunnage may be considered as part of the consignment and may not be considered as wood packaging material

▪ IN 32/2015 regulates the procedures for control and phytosanitary certification of wood packaging material for import and export cargoes. It is widely based on the Regulation of Wood Packaging Material in International Trade issued by the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM No. 15) and adopted the marking standards by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC)

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Thank you & Best Regards,

Eng. Dimitrios Nikolaos Spanos
Lead Maritime Auditor / Principal Surveyor
Member of IRCA, IIMS, ELINT, HELMEPA & Nautical Institute

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