What is ISPM-15?

ISPM-15, formally known as the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures, Number 15, is a program developed by the International Plant Protection Committee (IPPC). These measures were first adopted in March of 2002, and since, have been executed in many countries worldwide. The purpose of this initiative is to prevent the spread of harmful microscopic organisms in wood packaging material (WPM), such as pallets, crates, or wooden boxes between nations of trade. Without the protective measures of the ISPM-15, nations of trade were experiencing catastrophic damages to natural resources. 

Each country of origin that participates in the ISPM-15 program has an oversight agency. In the United States, the Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS), a sub-department of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is the ultimate legal authority in issues pertaining to ISPM-15; however, the USDA has elected the American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC) to carry out the day-to-day dealings of ISPM-15.

Lee Inspection & Consulting Services, Inc., is accredited through ALSC to provide ISPM-15 services to manufacturers and producers nationwide. This accreditation allows Lee Inspection to qualify clients in the ISPM-15 program, allowing company-specific IPPC marking of wood packaging material. Our services include qualification and training for the ISPM-15 program, monthly inspection services as required by the ISPM-15, and one-time stamping services for producers who export very low volumes of material.

Currently, over eighty countries participate in the ISPM-15 program. Without ISPM-15 compliance, manufacturers and producers are prohibited from exporting their wood packaging material into the worldwide marketplace. Held shipments at ports of entry can cause costly and timely delays. Don’t let your shipments be held up- contact Lee Inspection & Consulting Services today to find out how we can partner with your company to ensure export shipping success!

For more information on the IPPC, or ISPM-15 measures, please visit https://www.ippc.int/en