18 Dec Wood and Packaging Material for Importing and Exporting

If you use or supply wood packaging material (WPM) to move goods to or from the EU or the rest of the world, you must make sure it meets international standards.

Updated guidance is here:


Wood packaging material (WPM) is known to introduce harmful tree and forestry pests and diseases.

If you import or export any goods using WPM or supply WPM to businesses, you need to follow the rules to meet ISPM15 international standards from 1 January 2021. This is so you can move them between Great Britain (GB) – England, Scotland and Wales – and other countries, including EU member states and Switzerland.

WPM includes:

packing cases
drums and similar containers
pallets, box pallets, pallet collars and other load boards
dunnage (loose wood used to protect goods and their packaging).

Pam Murrell
Pam Murrell