In 2012, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) announced a plan to lift the exemption of Canadian imports from the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM No. 15). The change requires wood packaging materials (WPM), such as crates and pallets, moving from Canada to the U.S. to meet ISPM No. 15 requirements, including the necessary markings on the WPM.
The final regulation lifting the ISPM No. 15 exemption was delayed in 2013, but is scheduled to go into effect next month, July 2014. With the end of the U.S. exemption, trade experts anticipate that the exemptions pertaining to U.S. shipments to Canada will also be lifted and Canada’s D98-08 Entry Requirements for Wood Packaging Material into Canada directive will be updated.