International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures – sounds like a captivating blog read for a weekday morning right? Phytosanitary by definition refers to measures taken for the control of plant based diseases (in particular regarding agricultural crops) for the purposes and protection of international trade. Feel free to pull that one out at cocktail parties, on us.
The International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) is a guideline for wood packaging material in international trade, produced by the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention. In essence, the standard serves to greatly reduce the risk of spreading, or introducing for that matter, quarantine pests that are often associated with wood packaging materials which can be made of both coniferous wood (born from needle-shaped leaved trees with annual rings) and non-coniferous raw lumber. The standard also includes dunnage into its definition, referring to the loose packing material allocated to protect a ship’s cargo from damage during overseas transport.
The basis for the regulation is simple enough. Identifying the true origin of any sort of lumber, timber, or article of wood based packaging material is challenging to say the least. Thus its phytosanitary condition or state is difficult to deduce when basic level risk analysis is performed. Since “status quo” inspections don’t cut it – no product support packing timber can make its way across the pond without penalty unless it first has the ISPM stamp of approval. For more detailed information on the ISPM Guidelines you can view the document here.
So what does this have to do with you and your needs as an entity seeking an overseas shipping solution for products or materials to conduct business overseas? Well, as an individual, organization, or corporation you are accountable for what you ship or bring with you overseas. If your product/materials AND the methods used to pack, crate, and secure them during transport do not meet the guidelines of international trade “watchdogs” then your overseas adventure could put you in hot water. No one wants to incur the wrath and expense of being turned away at neither a departing or destination port because the potential for pests stowing away within packing lumber exists in any sort of fraction. Such an infraction is clearly bad for business.
The solution? Well, in case you didn’t see it coming already, we thought we’d let our readers and prospective clients know that Cratex Group is the country’s most reputable industrial packing and crating company – one that is fully approved by the the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for our explicit adherence to all rules and regulations directed at preventing the spread of pests. And yes, this includes strict adherence to today’s blog topic of choice – the ISPM Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packing Material used in International Trade.
Do yourself, your organization and/or corporation a favor and avoid even the slightest potential for non-conformance penalties when shipping products/materials overseas by securing the packing and crating services of Cratex Group. Contact Cratex Group today and be free of pests – wood carried insects and international trade watch dogs alike.