In the previous post we presented the ISPM 15 certificate, which is required for the shipment of goods in and on wood packaging used in international shipments.

ISPM 15 processed wood and its standards is an indispensable element for shipments by international transport.

ISPM 15 processed wood
ISPM 15 processed wood

These phytosanitary requirements apply to all types of wooden packaging that may represent a route for pests that pose a threat mainly to live trees.

This includes the packing of wood such as cages, boxes, drawers, stowage wood, pallets, cable drums and reels, material that can accompany almost any imported shipment, even those that are not normally subject to phytosanitary inspection.


There is controversy about the use of processed wood boards in the manufacture of packaging and legal requirements when exporting.

And that is why we analyze (ISPM standard in its section No. 15) and in the paragraph “scope of application” details:

Later in section “2 – Regulatory wood packaging” in the “Exemptions” subsection we can see:


As detailed in these two sections, the standard implicitly excludes processed wood from its scope of application, so marking and subsequent certification of this type of wood in the import and export of materials is not required.

Depending on the type of packaging, there is a specific wood for each.

Some examples are:

Plywood board (pine, birch, poplar…)

Chipboard of baked fibers, OSB.

Raw chipboard board.

In conclusion, in order to avoid future problems at customs it is important to know the materials used in the manufacture of the packaging and whether they fall within the scope of the ISPM-15 standard, a certificate from the packaging manufacturer facilitates this process and saves unnecessary paperwork.
It is also essential that the certificate is clearly visible on the sides of the packaging, so that it can be easily identified.

All our wood is certified. Visit the range here.

In the following posts, we will continue to inform and keep you update on this certificate and what it implies in terms of international exports.

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