The list of countries participating in the IPPC (see Question 1) is available at : https://www.ippc.int/fr/countries/all/list-countries/
Furthermore, national laws may apply as an alternative or complement to the IPPC, so it belongs to each user of wood packaging materials to be aware of the applicable legal requirements.
LPR provides below a non-exhaustive and not necessarily up-to-date analysis of the various geographical areas where LPR operates.
1. European Union
Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 sets out the requirements for the import of wood packaging material (including pallets) from third countries into the EU.
All pallets imported into the EU (loaded or empty) from third countries must be officially treated and marked in accordance with the ISPM15.
It should be noted that pallets exported from the EU (loaded or empty) to third countries may be subject to compliance with the specific phytosanitary requirements of the importing country (such as ISPM15 treatment or phytosanitary certificate). It is therefore up to each user of wood packaging materials to be aware of the legal requirements applicable in the country of import.
2. United Kingdom & Brexit
Since the 1st of January 2021, all wood packaging material moving between United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) in both ways must be treated and marked in compliance with the ISPM15 standard. ISPM15 treatment is not required for UK domestic flows.
3. UE territories with specific requirements
For the purposes of Regulation (EU) 2016/2031, the following territories are considered third countries: Ceuta, Melilla, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Réunion, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin and the Canary Islands. ISPM15 treatment is required for wooden packaging from certain regions of the EU (such as Portugal and parts of Spain), in which the presence of the pinewood nematode is possibly recognised (Commission Implementing Decision 2012/535/EU of 26 September 2012).
Focus - Canary Islands
According to the Spanish law “Orden APA/1076/2018”, all pallets imported to and exported from the Canary Islands (whether loaded or empty) must be treated and marked in accordance with ISPM15 (including from and to the EU).
Focus - Réunion Island
According to Prefectoral Order No. 2011 - 1479 of 30 September 2011, all pallets imported into Reunion Island (whether loaded or empty) must be treated and marked in accordance with the ISPM15 (including those from the EU). For the purposes of phytosanitary regulations (in particular Regulation (EU) 2016/2031), as the Reunion Island is considered a third country, any pallets sent from these territories to another area of the EU must also be treated and marked in accordance with ISPM15.