STC Number - 204

Notification by Members of implementation of ISPM 15

Maintained by: Unspecified
Raised by: European Union
Supported by:
First date raised: October 2004 G/SPS/R/35 paras. 83-84
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/GEN/1051
Products covered: 44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal
Primary subject keyword: Plant Health
Keywords: International Standards / Harmonization; Plant health
Status: Resolved
Solution: In October 2010, the European Union indicated that the issue was resolved (G/SPS/GEN/1051) (G/SPS/R/61, par. 47).
Date reported as resolved: 13/10/2010

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In October 2004, 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.

In October 2010, the representative of the European Union presented an updated list on specific trade concerns raised in the SPS Committee (G/SPS/GEN/1051). The updated list contained 14 issues, with one of them being this particular concern, that the European Union considered as having been resolved. The European Union encouraged Members to update the list of specific trade concerns raised in the Committee, and congratulated its trading partners on the cooperation on those issues. The Chairman urged other Members to systematically go through all the specific trade concerns raised in the Committee to identify those they considered as having been settled.