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Export Requirements for timber pallets and packaging materials

Listed below are some of the regulations for exporting pallets and timber to countries around the world.

For further investigation you can link to the following useful web addresses listed below.

Biosecurity export certification standards (Australian Site) (international site, ISPM15 )

How To Export

To place or arrange in a suitable order. Pallet dimensions decisively determine capacity utilization of a container for example. The most favourable pallet size is a function of the internal container dimensions and the shape and weight of the packages.Four-way pallets (accessible by fork-lift trucks from all four sides) allow the floor area available in the container to be put to the best use.

Australia (ISPM 15 & AQIS) adopted September 2004

USA (ISPM 15) adopted January 2004

Mexico (ISPM 15) adopted January 2004

Canada (ISPM 15) adopted January 2004

Japan not planning to adopt ISPM 15

European Union (ISPM 15) *Grace period March 2005, full implement Dec 2007

China no decision to date

India (ISPM 15)adopted Nov 2004

*Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Channel Islands, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Great Britain, Monaco, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lituania, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.