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New Zealand - implemented ISPM15 on 16 April 2006.  It has however recently consulted on changes to the Import Health Standard Wood Packaging Materials from All Countries.  We have been advised that the new standard will come into effect on 1 May 2006.

Following consultation, New Zealand has amended its import requirements for wood packaging material from 1 May 2006. These are set out in their revised Import Health Standard. All WPM produced under the UK's Wood Packaging Material is bark-free and that treated by fumigation is treated to the 24 hour treatment specification recently adopted by the Commission for Phytosanitary Measures and thus meets New Zealand's requirements.

An amendment to the Import Health Standard (IHS) for Wood Packaging Material from All Countries was issued on 1 November 2009:

The two major changes to the IHS are:

1) Update of the IHS to align with the 2009 version of ISPM 15. This includes a tolerance level for small pieces of bark, greater recognition of the need to reduce use of methyl bromide fumigation, as well as further specifications for the ISPM 15 mark and remanufactured, recycled, and repaired wood packaging material.

2) Inclusion of the option of inspection for non-compliant wood packaging material, particularly on all non-ISPM 15 compliant or untreated wood packaging. Wood packaging which is not considered as compliant with the IHS, will require inspection by a MAF inspector.

Please note that the role of Accredited Persons for inspecting wood packaging at MAF-approved transitional facilities and notifying interceptions does not change. Any questions relating to this import health standard can be directed electronically to, or to the mailing address below:

Plant Imports, Border Standards Directorate, MAF Biosecurity New Zealand, PO Box 2526, Wellington, New Zealand.
(Last Updated: 13/11/2009)