REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS
(As seen in INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS FOR PHYTOSANITARY MEASURES
"Guidelines for regulating wood packaging material in international trade")

6.1 Measures for non-compliance at point of entry

Where wood packaging material does not carry the required mark, action may be
taken unless other bilateral arrangements are in place. This action may take the form
of treatment, disposal or refused entry. The NPPO of the exporting country may be
notified (see ISPM Pub. No. 13: Guidelines on notification of non-compliance and
emergency action). Where the wood packaging material does carry the required mark,
and evidence of live pests is found, action can be taken. These actions may take the
form of treatment, disposal or refused entry. The NPPO of the exporting country
should be notified in cases where live pests are found, and may be notified in other
cases (see ISPM Pub. No. 13: Guidelines on notification of non-compliance and
emergency action).

6.2 Disposal

Disposal of wood packaging material is a risk management option that may be used by
the NPPO of the importing country upon arrival of the wood packaging material
where treatment is not available or desirable. The following methods are
recommended for the disposal of wood packaging material where this is required.
Wood packaging material that requires emergency action should be appropriately
safeguarded prior to treatment or disposal to prevent escape of any pest between the
time of the detection of the pest posing the threat and the time of treatment or disposal.

Incineration
Complete burning

Burial
Deep burial in sites approved by appropriate authorities. (Note: not a suitable disposal
option for wood infested with termites). The depth of the burial may depend on
climatic conditions and the pest, but is recommended to be at least 1 metre. The
material should be covered immediately after burial and should remain buried.

Processing
Chipping and further processing in a manner approved by the NPPO of the importing
country for the elimination of pests of concern (e.g. manufacture of oriented strand
board).

Other methods
Procedures endorsed by the NPPO as effective for the pests of concern.
The methods should be applied with the least possible delay.

 

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