Home > Newsletter Archives > Vol: 07/28/2017

  • Update on ISPM 15 Participating Countries

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

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

    Countries in Red are recent additions.

    *The U.S. and Canada currently maintain a bilateral agreement allowing for the movement of WPM across each other's border without ISPM 15 marks.

    **European Union - Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

    There are countries not on this list that are enforcing ISPM-15 without any published regulation. It is recommended to use ISPM-15 compliant wood packaging regardless of international destination.

    Content courtesy of the NWPCA.

  • Softwood Lumber Agreement Trade Case Update

    As everyone is aware there have been anti-dumping duties (AD) and countervailing duties (CVD) imposed on softwood lumber imported from Canada.  Many who use softwood lumber in the manufacture of their WPM have seen these costs increase substantially of late.  However many may not have realized that the document related to this matter also addresses WPM coming out of Canada into the US.  The following are comments from the Canadian Wooden Pallet and Container Association's (CWPCA) newsletter:

    "The recent announcement from the US Department of Commerce (DOC) International Trade Administration (ITC) respecting anti-dumping duties (AD) on Canadian softwood lumber products shipped also contains Scope Clarification and Exclusions that impact the wood products industry. 

    There are three areas of wood packaging products that were referenced in the “Certain Softwood Lumber Products from Canada: Preliminary Scope Decision” document from the ITC. (click here to view) Specifically, references to assembled pallets, pallet kits (unassembled pallets), and notched stringers can be found in comments 6, 13, and 21 respectively.  

    The highlights of the document are as follows:

    Page 15-16, Comment 6 - Finished Products: Assembled pallets manufactured from Canadian softwood have been determined to be finished products and excluded from scope.

    Please take special note to Comment 13, where language indicates that “semi-finished” goods are also included in the Scope. Partially assembled products should therefore be considered as included at this time.

    Page 24-25, Comment 13 - Pallet Kits: Unassembled pallets manufactured from Canadian Softwood remain in scope and are subject to both CVD and AD. 

    Page 33-34, Comment 21 - Notched Stringers: Notched stringers manufactured from Canadian softwood lumber remain in scope and are subject to both CVD and AD."

    Canadian pallet manufacturers and related organizations are working hard to get these semi finished goods excluded from any tariffs but in the meantime companies purchasing semi-finished WPM from Canada should expect increases in this area as well.

    We will keep you informed as more information becomes available.