This article is being published to raise awareness and as reminder of a Global Regulation for use of Solid Wood Packaging Materials. Many countries have put quarantine regulations in place to protect their native forests from the introduction of wood pests. In order to prevent the proliferation of differing import regulations, the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), part of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, has issued ISPM 15 (International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures) "Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade". This regulation has been in effect since 2004. Cummins Inc. requires that ALL export solid wood packaging materials comply with this regulation regardless of what country it is being sent to. In addition, ALL shipments using solid wood packaging material being shipped to any of our Parts Distribution Centers or Master PDC's must comply with this regulation as it may be shipped in your provided packaging anywhere in the world.
Cummins has received many recent notices of violations to this regulation from some of the Customs Inspection and Quarantine Services. We need to be sure ALL of our Suppliers, PDC's, Distributors, and OEM Plants are in alignment and complying with this regulation. It is our Global Packaging Standard requirement and it is a global regulation. The risks for non-compliance include, but are not limited to, the following if not met immediately:
For example such as:
this link below into your internet browser to access the ISPM15 Standard
Document for more details: http://ispm15.com/ISPM15_Revised_2009.pdf
you have any questions about this regulation, please contact your wood
packaging providers. PDC’s and OEM Plants should contact their respective
Global Packaging Council Member or their local Packaging Representative.