STC Number - 183

Implementation of ISPM 15

Maintained by: Unspecified
Raised by: Chile; Uruguay
Supported by: Argentina; Bolivia, Plurinational State of; China; Colombia; Mexico; Paraguay
First date raised: October 2003 G/SPS/R/31, paras. 135-137
Dates subsequently raised: March 2004 (G/SPS/R/33, para.151)
Number of times subsequently raised: 1
Relevant documents: G/SPS/GEN/435
Products covered: 44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal
Primary subject keyword: Plant Health
Keywords: International Standards / Harmonization; Plant health
Status: Partially resolved
Solution: Partial resolution applies only to Chile.
Date reported as resolved: 16/10/2013

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

Chile stated that Members should take into consideration the zone of production of the wood and allow sufficient time for countries to adapt their treatment methods to meet the ISPM 15 standard when adopting the measures. Compliance with the standard required the private sector to make large scale investments, a certification process to register the mark on packaging, establishment of an accreditation system, and the setting up of supervisory and audit systems. Chile's concerns were detailed in document G/SPS/GEN/435.
Uruguay stated that it was the implementation of the standard that was the problem. Argentina supported the comments make by Chile and Uruguay. Mexico stated that problems could arise with implementing this standard and that discussions on this issue should continue in the context of the SPS Committee. Paraguay and Colombia supported the comments made by others.
Canada commented that the standard was not new as it had been adopted by the IPPC in June 2002. Canada had planned to implement the standard in June 2003 but delayed its implementation until January 2004 to give Members sufficient time to adapt wood treatment processes. Canada would provide a transition period and recommended that the issue be discussed under Agenda Item 7(a) regarding the use of international standards.
In March 2004, Uruguay indicated it was providing national level certification of wood packaging which was used as support material for exported products. However, Uruguay needed more time to apply the different phases of the certification procedure. Uruguay emphasized the need to recognize the valid use of alternative sanitation methods (as described in section 3.3 of ISPM 15), particularly in cases in which countries did not have the necessary infrastructure. Argentina, China and Bolivia shared Uruguay's concern about ISPM 15, particularly relating to the explicit implementation timelines.