Report and Highlights

Publication date
17 Jun 2014
<p>A large number of commodities have been traded between North America and the Asia-Pacific Region. The trade imposes big challenges to the National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs) of member countries of the Asia and Pacific Plant Protection Commission (APPPC) as well as the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO). These countries are required to comply not only with the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) but also the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs).</p><p>One of the key challenges is concerned with wood packaging. To help their member countries address the challenge, APPPC and NAPPO co-organized a workshop on the implementation of ISPM 15 - Regulation on Wood Packaging in International Trade, in Beijing, China, from 10-14 June 2014.</p><p>Hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) of the People&#39;s Republic of China, the workshop was attended by 14 representatives of the Regional Plant Protection Organizations (RPPOs) and its member NPPOs.</p><p>The workshop gave a clear picture of the status of ISPM 15 implementation in 15 countries in the Asia-Pacific region and North America. All of these countries had already implemented ISPM 15 for export but a few countries had not yet implemented for import.</p><p>Implementation of ISPM 15 has significantly reduced the likelihood of the introduction of forestry pests. The majority of non-compliances are associated with wood packaging materials (WPM) without the mark, and infestation is probably higher where WPM is not marked.</p><p>Attached please find the report and highlights of the workshop. As well, apart from the web links to the presentations delivered at the workshop and the photographs taken during the field visits, the following are the web links to various documents related to ISPM 15:</p><p>&bull; ISPM 15: Regulation of wood packaging material in international trade (<a href=""></a> )</p><p>&bull; ISPM 15 FAQ (<a href=""></a> &nbsp;)</p><p>&bull; ISPM 15 / Explanatory Document (<a href=""></a> &nbsp;)</p><p>&bull; IPPC workshop on the practical application of ISPM No.15 Vancouver, Canada, 28 February - 4 March 2005 (<a href=""></a> )</p><p>&bull; Usage Rules for ISPM 15 symbol (<a href=""></a> &nbsp;)</p><p>&bull; Summary of Implementation of ISPM 15 (<a href=""></a> ). IPPC Contact points for each countries can log into the IPP and may enter their own national information on ISPM, which once entered will be compiled in the Summary of Implementation of ISPM 15.</p><p>&bull; Status of ISPM 15 Mark Registration as of 2014-01-23 (<a href=""></a> )- Since this date FAO has requested the registration of the ISPM 15 symbol in the following countries: Angola, Belize, China (Macao S.A.R.), China (Taiwan), Costa Rica, D. R. of Congo, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and United Arab Emirates.</p><p>&bull; Dielectric Heating- a quick guide to Dielectric Heating as treatment for wood packaging material (<a href=""></a> )</p>
Document number
APPPC-NAPPO Joint Workshop on Implementation of ISPM 15