Printer-Friendly Penalties for Wood Packing Material Violations

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced that they may begin issuing claims for liquidated damages and/or penalties for violations of regulatory provisions covering wood packing material (WPM) imported to the U.S. 

The WPM regulations became fully effective on July 5, 2006, requiring that all WPM entering or transiting the U.S. comply with the provisions of International Standards for Phytosanitary Standards No. 15 (ISPM15). Since that time, CBP has applied a policy of “Informed Compliance”. The standards for WPM treatment include the following provisions: 

  • WPM must be fumigated with methyl bromide OR heat treated
  • WPM must be marked with international symbol to show how and where treated
  • WPM must be pest free

WPM that arrives in the U.S. and is not compliant with these provisions must be immediately exported. There are no post-arrival treatment options.

The CBP penalties may be assessed against the importer, carrier, or a third party. While proactive compliance is the best way to prevent a penalty, if and when a WPM violation should occur, it is very important to ensure proper corrective actions are taken. CBP will identify the party responsible for corrective action at the time a violation is identified.

Additional information on WPM treatment requirements is available from the following sources:

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