Import and export of wooden packaging material
Many pests harmful to forests and timber spread through wooden packaging material, as do plant diseases. For instance, the pine wood nematode ( Bursaphelenchus xylophilus), a harmful pest that causes damage to forests, may spread via packaging material.
FAO standard ISPM no.15, International Standard for Wooden Packaging Material in International Trade, has been drawn up in order to prevent pests harmful to forests and timber from spreading. This standard specifies requirements applicable to wooden packaging material used in international trade. These requirements must be observed both in imports and exports.
Companies that manufacture wooden packaging material need a labelling right and identifying code granted by Evira, for entitlement to use a label in compliance with the ISPM 15 standard on packaging material.
These pages contain information on requirements under the ISPM 15 standard for wooden packaging material in international trade, and on the labelling right concerning wooden packaging material.