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27 May 2005
Biosecurity New Zealand is concerned that non-awareness of new
international wooden packaging requirements could result in some exports
being returned to sender - at the sender's expense.
The new regulations come into force in September.
The International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM15)
is being adopted by most of New Zealand's major trading partners. It
requires all solid wood packing material thicker than 6mm to be
heat-treated or fumigated and stamped with an official ISPM15 mark.
Biosecurity New Zealand Pre-Clearance Senior Adviser Dr Mike Ormsby
says the move is aimed at enhancing global biosecurity, but there was
concern some exporters may still be unaware of the change and its
"Despite extensive efforts from MAF, it's possible some exporters may
not know about these new requirements, and that is a concern. It could be
an expensive oversight. Although countries have discretion on what they do
with non-compliant wooden packing, the United States in particular has
indicated it will return to sender all goods not easily separated from
wooden packing at the wharf.
"Of particular concern are the general public who may be sending goods
or moving overseas and are not aware that they too will need to comply,"
Dr Ormsby says.
It was also crucial that people importing goods into New Zealand
informed their suppliers of the new requirement.
"In most countries, including New Zealand, there would be extra charges
and delays involved in clearing goods in non-compliant packing across the
border, as well as the increased risk of damage," he says.
New Zealand was one of the first countries to begin accepting ISPM15
compliant wood packaging, and in 2004 established a registration system
for compliant wood packaging manufacturers. A list of registered
manufacturers is available online at:
Media contact: Phillip Barclay, Senior Communications Adviser, 027 229 9145