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HT NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2017

How to Conform

Conformance to the ISPM 15 program is the ultimate responsibility of the producer and TP’s function is to audit the facility’s procedures and material for conformance.  The information below comes from ALSC's Wood Packaging Material Regulations and ISPM 15.  If this information is incorporated into an operation's processes, it will eliminate 90+% of the reasons a facility can be found non-conforming.  There are two areas of importance for ISPM 15 conformance:  administrative (paperwork) and operational.

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HT NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2017

Update on ISPM 15 Participating Countries

Below is an updated list of countries participating in the ISPM 15 program:

North America Africa
United States*   Egypt
Canada* Kenya
Mexico Nigeria
  Senegal
Latin America Seychelles
Argentina South Africa
Brazil Tanzania
Bolivia  
Chile Asia
Columbia  
Costa Rica Australia
Cuba China
Dominican Republic India
Ecuador Indonesia
Guatamala Israel
Honduras Japan
Jamaica Jordan
Nicaragua Lebanon
Paraguay Malaysia
Peru New Zealand
Trinidad & Tobago Oman
Venezuela Philippines
  South Korea
Europe Sri Lanka
European Union** Syria
Norway Taiwan
Switzerland Thailand
Turkey  Vietnam

Ukraine

 
   

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HT NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2016

Merry Christmas

Our offices will be closed on the following dates so we can spend time with our families during the Christmas and the New Year holidays.

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HT NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2016

 

 November Holiday Schedule

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HT NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2016

 Bark Conformance

Regardless of whether you use hardwood or softwood in the production of your ISPM 15 conforming WPM, bark can be a challenge.  The goal of this newsletter is to help facilities better identify it so bark can be addressed to meet conformance. Below is a description of what bark is and how to identify it on wood.

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HT NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2016

 

 

Inspector Assistance Appreciated

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Zika Virus Fumigation Concerns

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HT NEWSLETTER JULY 2016

Regarding Additional Information with ISPM 15 Marks

ALSC has clarified that any information, unrelated to ISPM 15, should be at least 6" from the IPPC mark.  They believe that company names, dates, phone numbers and other marketing information can confuse the purpose or intention of the marks.  Please make sure to keep all unrelated ISPM 15 information the proper distance from your IPPC mark.

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HT NEWSLETTER JUNE 2016

MARKS RELATED TO ISPM 15 CONFORMANCE

There are three marks involved in the process of creating ISPM 15 conforming wood packaging material (WPM).  When applied each mark must be fully legible meaning all elements of the mark must be capable of being read or distinguished.  This includes the border for the IPPC mark.  These three marks are described in greater detail below.

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HT NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2016

 

 Changes in Brazil?

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HT NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2015

Christmas & New Year Holiday Schedule

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HT NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2015

Thanksgiving Wreath

 Holiday Schedule

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HT NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2015

Emerald Ash Borer

 

 

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HT NEWSLETTER JULY 2015

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HT NEWSLETTER MAY 2015

Update on ISPM 15 Participating Countries

Below is an updated list of countries participating in the ISPM 15 program:

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HT NEWSLETTER APRIL 2015

"Pass-Through" Pallet Considerations

A "pass-through" pallet is defined as a previously used pallet that has not been repaired by the facility and shows no signs of previous repair.  Because of this, a facility can segregate and ship these pallets without any issue as long as the proper potocol is followed.  A written procedure needs to be created which should also include a map or description of where the "pass-through" pallets will be staged once they are classified as such.  "Pass-through" pallets must meet the same requirements as any other IPPC marked WPM so the facility must ensure these pallets meet all ALSC requirements for bark and mark legibility.  Once these pallets are placed in their defined "pass-through" staging area they are subject to agency review for ISPM 15 conformance.  

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HT NEWSLETTER MARCH 2015

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Stink Bug Fumigation Requirements in Australia

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HT NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2015

TP Physical Lab Continues Expansion

Timber Products Physical Lab continues to expand its operations.  The equipment pictured below is used for testing wood packaging material to industry standards and specifications.  We have also joined the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) and perform tests to a variety of these standards as well.  The information generated from our lab can be extremely beneficial to a company's sales and marketing efforts.  If your customer has technical requirements for the wood packaging material they purchase, we have the ability to test your product to generate the required information you need.  Whether it's testing to established or proprietary standards, Timber Products has the flexibility to meet your needs and we welcome the opportunity to be of service to you.  For more information contact Darin Thompson, Physical Lab Manager at 678-262-7271 or email to dthompson@tpinspection.com.  

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HT NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2014

Obliteration Update

At their board meeting in November, the American Lumber Standard Committee voted to allow for a tolerance of un-obliterated marks on repaired WPM.  The amendment to the regulations will state "5.6.10.1 Any representative sample subject to obliteration found to contain over 5% quality marks not obliterated shall be corrected."  Going forward, if ready-to-ship WPM is reviewed and found to have un-obliterated marks at or below the 5% tolerance, this will be considered a minor issue by ALSC with no action required.  However, ALSC has also qualified this section by stating "A minor issue occurring on multiple agency inspections point to a facility where an increased visit would be expected.  Similarly, a single inspection where minor excess findings occur in multiple items would also result in a need for increased visits."  This is telling us that multiple occurrences of the same minor issue that are found either during a single visit or on multiple inspections will still qualify as a non-conformance and a 5.3.3.1 will occur if this happens.  Continue to aim for total obliteration of all old IPPC marks and the tolerance should give the needed breathing room for the rarely missed mark.  

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