STC Number - 182

US implementation of the international standard for phytosanitary measures on wood packaging (ISPM 15)

Maintained by: United States of America
Raised by: Argentina
Supported by: Chile
First date raised: October 2003 G/SPS/R/31 paras. 50-51
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/N/USA/705
Products covered: 44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal; 4415 Packing cases, boxes, crates, drums and similar packings, of wood; cable-drums of wood; pallets, box pallets and other load boards, of wood; pallet collars of wood.
Primary subject keyword: Plant Health
Keywords: International Standards / Harmonization; Plant health
Status: Resolved
Solution: Argentina reported that this trade concern had been resolved.
Date reported as resolved: 01/03/2006

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In October 2003, Argentina agreed that wood packaging could spread pests. However, the US measures could have a negative impact on Argentina's exports. The US notification did not provide sufficient time for implementing the measures need for compliance. For instance, Argentina needed sufficient resources and time to establish the required treatment centres for wood packaging materials. Chile supported the statement made by Argentina.

The representative of the United States stated that it had received 54 comments from seven other Members on its proposed measure and that APHIS was in the process of evaluating these comments to determine how to take them into account. The 1st January 2004 implementation date would be postponed and the measure would be phased in over time. The United States encouraged other Members to adopt ISPM 15 as a means of controlling the spread of raw wood pests.

In March 2006, Argentina reported that this trade concern had been resolved.