Wood Packaging Fumigation

International Standards for the protection from invasive pests moving via global trade:

The IPPC (Commission on Phytosanitary Measures of International Plant Protection Convention) has adopted Phytosanitary Methods for the protection of plant resources from invasive pest.  The International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) has been put in place and ISPM 15 specifically refers to wood packaging in international trade. 

Current requirements for wood packaging material entering Canada:

All wood packaging materials originating from countries other than Canada or the continental United States on any mode of transport (air, rail, marine and road) must follow the requirements outlined in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) policy D-98-08: Requirements for the Entry of Wood Packaging Material into Canada (D-98-08).

Treatments for wood packaging coming to Canada:

Currently the accepted methods for treatment and fumigation of wood packaging entering Canada include Dry Kiln Heat Chambers (HT), Dielectric Heating (DT) and fumigation with methyl bromide (MB).  When utilizing methyl bromide treatment, the removal of bark must also be carried out prior to treatment.


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