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From the 1st January 2021, it will be a legal requirement for all wood packaging material moving in both directions between UK and the EU to be compliant with a treatment and mark as specified in the International Standard for Phytosanitary measures No 15 (ISPM15).

Please read the FAQs below. If you don't see the answer you need, then contact info@timcon.org 
TIMCON Brexit Q&A last updated 171120.pdf
Defra ISM15 WPM Q and A.pdf

BREXIT UPDATE 23/11/2020

Penalties for non-compliance of WPM
Below you will find a document highlighting the potential penalties for non-compliance of WPM from the 1st January 2020 and represents the penalties applied to all non-compliant WPM from around the world, and so will be legally enforceable from the the 1st January on WPM coming from the EU, and vice versa.
Penalties for Imported WPM that does not comply with ISPM15.pdf

Changes to Plant Health Regulations affecting controlled forestry material from 1 January 2021
Below you will find information highlighting the changes to Plant Health Regulations from the 1st January 2021. From an ISPM15 context, the below is pertinent and is highlighted in gree in the document:

"Imports of sawn conifer timber, which is bark free, will still be permitted without PCs (unless it is from Portugal or Spain) and it is recommended that any accompanying commercial documentation carries the statement that the product is free from bark (not de-barked). Associated dunnage (bearers, stickers and spacers) of the same type and quality of this bark-free material need not be ISPM15 compliant where it is banded together with the sawn timber product."
Changes to Plant Health Regulations affecting controlled forestry material from 1st Jan 2021.pdf


EASEMENT DOCUMENT ALLOWS FURTHER WPM REPAIR OPTION IN BREXIT LEAD UP

Heat-treated wooden components will be temporarily allowed for the repair of wooden pallets and packaging, increasing options for businesses who want to grow their capacity of ISPM15-compliant wooden packaging material (WPM) before the final Brexit deadline on December 31, 2020.

The new measure was proposed by the UK Government and also approved by the devolved governments on a temporary basis to help raise stocks of compliant WPM in the weeks remaining before the cut-off date, and in the first half of next year. This is because, as the UK Government has stated, from January 1, 2021 ‘it will be a legal requirement for all wood packaging material moving in both directions between UK and the EU to be compliant with a treatment and mark as specified in the International Standard for Phytosanitary measures No 15 (ISPM15).’

If you are currently registered on the UKWPMMP to produce ISPM15 compliant packaging, you can apply for the temporary easement by downloading the documents below, and sending in the completed form (Form 2D) to info@ukwpmmp.org 

Addendum Temporary easement ISPM15 repairs.pdf
UKWPMMP Easement Form 2D.docx

Note: The easement is open only to existing members of the UKWPMMP and their approved sites as from the 17th November 2020, and will be subject to them fulfilling the terms and conditions of the addendum. It will be valid until July 31, 2021.


BREXIT UPDATE (updated from 17th November)

Currently, all wood packaging material (WPM) moving between the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU), including Switzerland and Liechtenstein, can move freely without checks and controls. At the end of the Transition Period, this will change. From 1 January 2021 all WPM moving between GB and the EU must meet ISPM15 international standards by undergoing heat treatment and marking. All WPM may be subject to official checks either upon or after entry to the EU or GB. This requirement is already in place for WPM moving between the Rest of World (RoW), i.e. non-EU countries, and the EU, and UK. Checks on WPM will be carried out in GB on a risk-targeted basis. The plant health risk from WPM imported from the EU is not expected to change from 1 January 2021.

DEAL or NO DEAL:

The UK is leaving the EU’s customs union and single market. That means businesses will have to prepare for life outside of these, which will inevitably mean extra processes required on UK-EU trade. As such, after the end of the Transition Period, all wood packaging material (WPM), including wooden pallets, moving between GB and the EU must be treated and appropriately marked in compliance with international standards (ISPM 15). This is in line with international requirements for trade and is in place to protect both the EU and GB from harmful plant pests and diseases.

Further government info:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/importing-and-exporting-plants-and-plant-products-from-1-january-2021#movement-of-wood-packaging-material

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-border-operating-model

https://www.gov.uk/transition   


TIMCON WEEKLY INDUSTRY COVID-19 UPDATES

TIMCON is be providing an industry round up of COVID 19 developments, using originally sourced material and information gathered from our colleagues at other timber related organisations and bodies to give an overall, related picture.

Our members are key to keeping the supply chain going and ensuring food and medicines are supplied to the public in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

TIMCON is liaising with HM Government and other related bodies and organisations on the situation on the front line of the timber packaging, pallet and forest-based industry. We would like to hear from you on what issues you are currently facing to allow us to feed this back to Government at our weekly online meetings. Contact Stuart Hex at info@timcon.org.

Weekly updates
 Weekly Update - Issue 8
 Weekly Update - Issue 7
 Weekly Update - Issue 6
 Weekly Update - Issue 5
 Weekly Update - Issue 4
 Weekly Update - Issue 3
 Weekly Update - Issue 2
 Weekly Update - Issue 1
 


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