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U.S. Customs to Issue Penalties on Wood Packaging Material, eff. Nov. 1

According to a recent announcement by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), stricter enforcement will be applied to imported wood packaging material (WPM) that is not properly treated and marked prior to its arrival in the U.S.  Since September 16, 2005, the requirement has called for WPM to be treated to kill harmful timber pests at an origin facility approved by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC).  In addition, the WPM must carry an IPPC-approved mark that is "visible, legible and permanent," certifying proper treatment.


Effective November 1, 2017, CBP is authorized to issue penalties to responsible parties (importers, carriers or bonded custodians) with a documented WPM violation.  This is a change from the previous threshold, which called for five (5) violations before penalties applied.


SPARX logistics will continue to monitor this situation and keep our customers apprised of the latest developments.  If you have questions or concerns about specific shipments, please feel free to contact your SPARX representative.