TRADE OF WOODEN PACKAGING MATERIAL IN THE EU INTERNAL MARKET

In most cases, no plant health related requirements for wooden packaging material apply in the EU internal market. Packaging material imported from Portugal to other EU countries forms an exception, as it must meet the requirements specified in the ISPM 15 standard. This is because Portugal is the only EU country where the pine wood nematode (Bursaphelenchus xylophilus), a harmful pest that causes damage to forests, is present. The intention is to prevent this pest from spreading from Portugal to other EU countries.

To avoid problems in possible further transport, goods transport to Portugal should use wooden packaging material compliant with the ISPM 15 standard.