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March 2014 Issue


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ISPM 15 Exemptions




Section 2.1 of ISPM 15 Regulation of Wood Packaging Material in International Trade (2009) outlines items that are "of sufficiently low risk to be exempted from the provisions of this standard".  These items include:

  • WPM made entirely from thin wood (6mm or less in thickness).
  • WPM made wholly of processed wood material such as plywood, particle board, OSB or veneer that has been created using glue, heat or pressure, or a combination thereof.
  • Barrels for wine and spirit that have been heated during manufacture.
  • Gift boxes for wine, cigars, and other commodities made from wood that has been processed and/or manufactured in a way that renders it free of pests.
  • Sawdust, wood shavings and wood wool.
  • Wood components permanently attached to freight vehicles and containers.

Please let us know if you have any questions regarding these exemptions.

Current Format Required by July 1st



ALSC has informed all agencies that IPPC marks used by the facilities they monitor must be updated to the current format by July 1st of this year.  The format (shown above) with the trademark on the outside of the box is the most current format that will be required for every facility to use.  Many facilities are already using this format and will be unaffected by this requirement.  Your inspector will be discussing this transition with you and will be able to determine if new marks are required at your facility.  This requirement applies to all types of mark applications including stencils and brands.  Please note that this requirement will not affect the validity of any previously marked WPM with the older format.  Please talk with your inspector if you have any questions regarding this issue.



Notes of Interest:



Weather didn't stop Americans from shopping last month. February's headline gain in retail sales was the first in three months and represented a nice turnaround from the (revised) 0.6% drop measured by the Commerce Department for January. Minus car and truck buying, the February increase was still 0.3%. Sales at clothing and furniture retailers led the way, both improving 0.4% on the month. (1)  



The preliminary March reading for the University of Michigan's monthly consumer sentiment index was just 79.9, a 4-month low. February's final mark was 81.6, and analysts polled by MarketWatch forecast an initial March reading of 80.8. (2,3)  



1 - [3/13/14]

2 - [3/14/14]

3 - [3/14/14]



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