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Australia WPM Requirements

Australia has published requirements adopting ISPM 15 for wood packaging material (WPM). The regulation became effective January 1, 2006 .

Containerized Sea Cargo
Inspected wood found to be lacking the ISPM 15 mark, have live insects, bark, or other quarantine risk material will be subject to onshore treatment.

Break Bulk and Air Cargo
Wood packaging and dunnage not compliant with ISPM 15 will be subject to mandatory treatment, re-export or destruction at the importers expense.

WPM and dunnage must be free of bark.

ISPM 15 treated WPM does not require a treatment certificate providing that the relevant required packing declaration indicates ISPM 15 compliance and freedom from bark. There is no longer a time limit of 21 days between treatment and shipping if the WPM was treated and marked per ISPM 15. Please note if all conditions of packing declarations are not properly addressed, the consignment may be held.

For questions pertaining to treatment and marking of WPM under the Heat Treatment and fumigation programs contact the American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC) at 301-972-1700 or one of the accredited agencies listed at the ALSC website. Questions pertaining to where HT lumber may be purchased, how to become certified, costs pertaining to enrollment, required marks etc. may be directed to the ALSC or any of the inspection agencies. 

WPM not in compliance with ISPM 15 will be subject to existing alternative Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) requirements and approved treatments. Please note that while DAWR will accept a phytosanitary certificate for WPM, it is against APHIS policy to issue phytosanitary certificates for WPM to be used in the transport of commodities.

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