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STC Number - 204
Notification by Members of implementation of ISPM 15
First date raised:
, paras. 83-84
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised:
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal
Primary subject keyword:
International Standards / Harmonization; Plant health
The European Union indicated that the issue was resolved (G/SPS/GEN/1051).
Date reported as resolved:
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The European Communities stated that a number of Members had informed the Committee of their intentions to put in place wood packing requirements based on ISPM 15. These wood packing requirements would also cover wooden barrels and casks containing distilled spirits or other alcoholic beverages. Although ISPM 15 was not clear on the coverage of products, it provided guidance on products that might be excluded such as manufactured wood. The wooden barrels and casks typically used to contain distilled spirits and wine were subject to heat treatment at 100 degrees centigrade for 40 minutes, exceeding ISPM is guidelines of 56 centigrade for 30 minutes.
It was apparent that the drafters of ISPM 15 did not intend to cover wooden barrels used to contain alcoholic beverages such as spirits. Some countries had clearly indicated in their domestic legislation that ISPM 15 did not apply to wooden barrels containing spirits. The European Communities noted that the IPPC was organizing a global training workshop in 2005 to explain the application of ISPM 15 but requested the IPPC to clarify the matter as soon as possible in order to allow trade to continue.
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