Forest Products Export Standards - Phytosanitary Requirements of European Union

Applicable for Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Disclaimer

The information in this standard is provided on the following basis. The phytosanitary requirements found in this standard may be used as the basis of export certification. However, requirements may be changed by importing countries at any time at short notice or with no notice to New Zealand. This information is provided strictly on the basis that the Crown, the Ministry for Primary Industries, its statutory officers, employees, agents and all other persons responsible for or associated with the compilation, writing, editing, approval or publication of the information:

  1. disclaim any and all responsibility for any inaccuracy, error, omission, lateness, or any other kind of inadequacy, deficiency or flaw in, or in relation to, the information; and
  2. without limiting (1) above, fully exclude any and all liability of any kind on the part of all of them, to any person or entity that chooses to rely on this information

Compliance with this standard is not to be taken as a guarantee that any particular goods will be granted access to any overseas market.
(Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungry, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom)

Last Updated: 2 August 2019

Commodities

Logs

Import Permits or Declarations Import permit NOT required.

Additional declarations for wood of conifers:

  • “Consignment complies with Annex IV.A.I, point 1.6. option (a) of EC Plant Health Directive 2000/29/EC”
    This declares that the product is bark-free and free from grub holes, caused by the genus Monochamus spp. (non-European), defined for this purpose as those which are larger than 3mm across. Note: Bursaphelenchus xylophilus and Monochamus spp. are not known to occur in New Zealand.
    or
  • “Consignment complies with Annex IV.A.I, point 1.6. option (b) of EC Plant Health Directive 2000/29/EC”
    This declares that the product has undergone kiln-drying to below 20% moisture content, expressed as a percentage of dry matter, achieved through an appropriate time/temperature schedule.
    or
  • “Consignment complies with Annex IV.A.I, point 1.6. option (c) of EC Plant Health Directive 2000/29/EC”
    This declares that the product has undergone an appropriate fumigation. (Refer to the fumigation section below).
    or
  • “Consignment complies with Annex IV.A.I, point 1.6. option (e) of EC Plant Health Directive 2000/29/EC”
    This declares that the product has undergone an appropriate heat treatment to achieve a minimum core temperature of 56°C for at least 30 continuous minutes.

Additional declaration for wood of Sweet chestnut (Castanea Mill) to Greece, Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom:

  • “Consignment complies with Annex IV.B. point 6.3. option (b) (i) of EC Plant Health Directive 2000/29/EC”
    This declares that the product originates in an area known to be free from Cryphonectria parasitica.

Note: Cryphonectria parasitica is not known to occur in New Zealand.

Certification Requirements Phytosanitary certificate required for conifer logs.
Phytosanitary certificate must not be issued more than 14 days prior to export and may include the registration number of the importer.
Phytosanitary certificates must either be issued prior to export, or state the inspection date. For the United Kingdom and Spain, inspection must be carried out within 14 days before export. For France, Italy and Spain the phytosanitary certificates must be signed in ink (“wet signature”). Certificates verified by Independent Verification Agencies (IVA) are to be supplied to authorised MPI personnel for this wet signature.
Prohibited Importations  
Bark Free of bark if required for additional declaration.
Insects Free of quarantine pests.
Fungi Free of quarantine pests.
Soil Free of soil.
Other  
Pre-Shipment Inspections Verification inspection required for phytosanitary certification.
Approved Pre-Shipment Treatments Coniferous logs that are not free of insect holes greater than 3mm across must be either kiln dried, heat treated or fumigated.
Fumigation Fumigated to ISPM15 requirements (maximum diameter 200mm). The active ingredient, minimum wood temperature, rate (g/m3) and exposure time (h) must be indicated on the phytosanitary certificate.
Antisapstain treatments  
Insecticide treatments  
Heat treatments Either kiln dried to below 20% moisture content, expressed as a percentage of dry matter, at time of manufacture, achieved through an appropriate time/ temperature schedule. The logs or their packaging must be marked ‘kiln dried’ or ‘KD’.
or
Heat treated to achieve a minimum core temperature of 56°C for at least 30 continuous minutes. The logs or their packaging must be marked “HT”.
Preservative treatments  
Concessional Release None specified for New Zealand.
General Note: Importers must be registered with the relevant EU Member State.

Wood/ Timber - Sawn

Import Permits or Declarations Import permit NOT required.

Additional declarations for wood of conifers:

  • “Consignment complies with Annex IV.A.I, point 1.6. option (a) of EC Plant Health Directive 2000/29/EC”
    This declares that the product is bark-free and free from grub holes, caused by the genus Monochamus spp. (non-European), defined for this purpose as those which are larger than 3mm across. Note: Bursaphelenchus xylophilus and Monochamus spp. are not known to occur in New Zealand.
    or
  • “Consignment complies with Annex IV.A.I, point 1.6. option (b) of EC Plant Health Directive 2000/29/EC”
    This declares that the product has undergone kiln-drying to below 20% moisture content, expressed as a percentage of dry matter, achieved through an appropriate time/temperature schedule.
    or
  • “Consignment complies with Annex IV.A.I, point 1.6. option (c) of EC Plant Health Directive 2000/29/EC”
    This declares that the product has undergone an appropriate fumigation. (Refer to the fumigation section below).
    or
  • “Consignment complies with Annex IV.A.I, point 1.6. option (e) of EC Plant Health Directive 2000/29/EC”
    This declares that the product has undergone an appropriate heat treatment to achieve a minimum core temperature of 56°C for at least 30 continuous minutes.

Additional declaration for wood of Sweet chestnut (Castanea Mill) to Greece, Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom:

  • “Consignment complies with Annex IV.B. point 6.3. option (b) (i) of EC Plant Health Directive 2000/29/EC”
    This declares that the product originates in an area known to be free from Cryphonectria parasitica.

Note: Cryphonectria parasitica is not known to occur in New Zealand.

Certification Requirements

Phytosanitary certificate required for wood of conifers.

Phytosanitary certificate must not be issued more than 14 days prior to export and may include the registration number of the importer. Phytosanitary certificates must either be issued prior to export, or state the inspection date. For the United Kingdom and Spain, inspection must be carried out within 14 days before export. For France, Italy and Spain the phytosanitary certificates must be signed in ink (“wet signature”). Certificates verified by Independent Verification Agencies (IVA) are to be supplied to authorised MPI personnel for this wet signature.

Phytosanitary certificates for containerised timber packets exported to the Netherlands must state the number of packets.

Prohibited Importations  
Bark Free of bark if required for additional declaration.
Insects Free of quarantine pests.
Fungi Free of quarantine pests.
Soil Not permitted.
Other  
Pre-Shipment Inspections Verification inspection required for phytosanitary certification.
Approved Pre-Shipment Treatments Coniferous timber that is not free of insect holes greater than 3mm across must be either kiln dried, heat treated or fumigated.
Fumigation Fumigated in accordance with ISPM15. Active ingredient, minimum wood temperature, rate (g/m3) and exposure time (h) must be entered into the treatment section of the phytosanitary certificate.
Antisapstain treatments  
Insecticide treatments  
Heat treatments Either kiln dried to below 20% moisture content, expressed as a percentage of dry matter, at time of manufacture, achieved through an appropriate time/ temperature schedule. The timber or its packaging must be marked ‘kiln dried’ or ‘KD’.
Or
Heat treated to achieve a minimum core temperature of 56°C for at least 30 continuous minutes. The timber or its packaging must be marked “HT”.
Preservative treatments  
Concessional Release None specified for New Zealand.
General Note: Importers must be registered with the relevant EU Member State.

Wood/ Timber - Chips

Import Permits or Declarations Import permit NOT required.

Additional declaration for conifer wood chips.
Either:

  • “Consignment complies with Annex IV.A.I, point 1.7. option (b) of EC Plant Health Directive 2000/29/EC”
    This declares that the product has been produced from debarked round wood.
    or
  • “Consignment complies with Annex IV.A.I, point 1.7. option (c) of EC Plant Health Directive 2000/29/EC”
    This declares that the product has undergone kiln-drying to below 20 % moisture content, expressed as a percentage of dry matter, achieved through an appropriate time/temperature schedule.
    or
  • “Consignment complies with Annex IV.A.I, point 1.7. option (d) of EC Plant Health Directive 2000/29/EC”
    This declares that the product has undergone an appropriate fumigation. (Refer to the fumigation section below).
    or
  • “Consignment complies with Annex IV.A.I, point 1.7. option (e) of EC Plant Health Directive 2000/29/EC”
    This declares that the product has undergone an appropriate heat treatment to achieve a minimum core temperature of 56°C for at least 30 continuous minutes.

Additional declaration for Sweet chestnut (Castanea Mill) wood chips to Greece, Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom:

  • “Consignment complies with Annex IV.B. point 6.3. option (b) (i) of EC Plant Health Directive 2000/29/EC”
    This declares that the product originates in an area known to be free from Cryphonectria parasitica.

Note: Cryphonectria parasitica is not known to occur in New Zealand.

Certification Requirements Phytosanitary certificate required for conifer wood chips.
Phytosanitary certificate must not be issued more than 14 days prior to export and may include the registration number of the importer. Phytosanitary certificates must either be issued prior to export, or state the inspection date. For the United Kingdom and Spain, inspection must be carried out within 14 days before export. For France, Italy and Spain the phytosanitary certificates must be signed in ink (“wet signature”). Certificates verified by Independent Verification Agencies (IVA) are to be supplied to authorised MPI personnel for this wet signature.
Prohibited Importations -
Bark Free of bark if required for additional declaration.
Insects Free of quarantine pests.
Fungi Free of quarantine pests.
Soil -
Other -
Pre-Shipment Inspections  Verification inspection required for phytosanitary certification.
Approved Pre-Shipment Treatments  Coniferous wood chips must be made from debarked wood, fumigated or heat treated.
Fumigation Fumigated in accordance with ISPM15. Active ingredient, minimum wood temperature, rate (g/m3) and exposure time (h) must be entered into the treatment section of the phytosanitary certificate.
On board ship or in container and sealed after fumigation.
Antisapstain treatments  
Insecticide treatments  
Heat treatments Either kiln dried to below 20% moisture content, expressed as a percentage of dry matter, at time of manufacture, achieved through an appropriate time/ temperature schedule. The chips or their packaging must be marked ‘kiln dried’ or ‘KD’.
Or
Heat treated to achieve a minimum core temperature of 56°C for at least 30 continuous minutes. The chips or their packaging must be marked “HT”.
Preservative treatments
Concessional Release None specified for New Zealand.
General Note: Importers must be registered with the relevant EU Member State.

Wood Products - Reconstituted/ Plywood/ LVL/ Veneer

Import Permits or Declarations Import permit NOT required.
Certification Requirements Phytosanitary certificate NOT required.
Prohibited Importations  
Bark -
Insects -
Fungi -
Soil -
Other  
Pre-Shipment Inspections Not required.
Approved Pre-Shipment Treatments  
Fumigation Not required.
Antisapstain treatments Not required.
Insecticide treatments Not required.
Heat treatments Not required.
Preservative treatments Not required.
Concessional Release None specified for New Zealand.
General No further information.

 

Wood Products - Manufactured

Import Permits or Declarations Import permit NOT required.
Certification Requirements Phytosanitary certificate NOT required.
Prohibited Importations  
Bark -
Insects -
Fungi -
Soil -
Other  
Pre-Shipment Inspections Not required.
Approved Pre-Shipment Treatments  
Fumigation Not required.
Antisapstain treatments Not required.
Insecticide treatments Not required.
Heat treatments Not required.
Preservative treatments Not required.
Concessional Release None specified for New Zealand.
General No further information.

Wood Products - Packaging

Import Permits or Declarations Import permit NOT required.
Certification Requirements Wood packaging material and dunnage must be marked in accordance with ISPM 15.
Phytosanitary certificate NOT required.
Prohibited Importations  
Bark Wood packaging material and dunnage must be made of debarked wood in accordance with ISPM 15. Please Note: The EU does not require WPM to be stamped with the letters “DB” indicating that it is free of bark.
Insects  
Fungi  
Soil  
Other  
Pre-Shipment Inspections Verification inspection not required.
Approved Pre-Shipment Treatments Fumigation or heat treatment.
Fumigation Wood packaging material and dunnage must be treated in accordance with ISPM 15.
Antisapstain treatments  
Insecticide treatments  
Heat treatments Wood packaging material and dunnage must be treated in accordance with ISPM 15.
Preservative treatments  
Concessional Release None specified for New Zealand.
General Wood packaging material not actually in use, but exported to the EU as a consignment must be ISPM15 compliant.

Bark

Import Permits or Declarations Import permit NOT required.

Additional declarations required for bark of conifers:
  • “Consignment complies with Annex IV.A.I, point 7.3. option (a) of EC Plant Health Directive 2000/29/EC”
    This declares that the product has been subjected to an appropriate fumigation, (Refer to the fumigation section below).
    or
  • “Consignment complies with Annex IV.A.I, point 7.3. option (b) of EC Plant Health Directive 2000/29/EC”
    This declares that the product has undergone an appropriate heat treatment to achieve the minimum temperature of 56°C for at least 30 continuous minutes.

And
“Consignment complies with Annex IV.A.I, point 7.3. (c) of EC Plant Health Directive 2000/29/EC”
This declares measures have been taken during transportation to prevent infestation by Monochamus spp.
Note: Bursaphelenchus xylophilus and Monochamus spp. are not known to occur in New Zealand.

Certification Requirements Phytosanitary certificate required for bark of conifers.
Phytosanitary certificate must not be issued more than 14 days prior to export and may include the registration number of the importer.
Phytosanitary certificates must either be issued prior to export, or state the inspection date. For the United Kingdom and Spain, inspection must be carried out within 14 days before export. For France, Italy and Spain the phytosanitary certificates must be signed in ink (“wet signature”). Certificates verified by Independent Verification Agencies (IVA) are to be supplied to authorised MPI personnel for this wet signature.
Prohibited Importations Bark of Sweet chestnut (Castanea Mill) is prohibited.
Bark -
Insects Free of quarantine pests.
Fungi Free of quarantine pests.
Soil -
Other  
Pre-Shipment Inspections Verification inspection required for bark of conifers.
Approved Pre-Shipment Treatments Bark of conifers must be fumigated or heat treated.
Fumigation No information on schedules for bark. Use New Zealand schedule.
Antisapstain treatments  
Insecticide treatments  
Heat treatments Heat treated to achieve the minimum temperature of 56°C for at least 30 continuous minutes.
Preservative treatments  
Concessional Release None specified for New Zealand.
General Note: Importers must be registered with the relevant EU Member State.

Quarantine Pests

See section 2.5 of the ICPR European Union [PDF, 1.9 MB]

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