19 Jul 2019

Compliance with ISPM15

by Tony Edwards, Partner, Durban, Quintus van der Merwe, Partner, Durban,
Practice Area(s): Shipping & Logistics |

Shepstone & Wylie have recently acted in a matter where a vessel was refused entry to USA ports on the grounds of non-compliance of wood packaging materials with the International Standards For Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM 15).  The financial losses arising from non-compliance and refusal of entry were substantial.

In South Africa, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) through Directorate: Inspection Services is responsible for the registration and auditing of treatment providers and manufacturers of wood packaging materials.  The DAFF has invited the members of the South African Association of Freight Forwarders to work with them to ensure that all wood packaging materials destined for export comply with the ISPM15 standard.  A copy of the invitation containing the Directorate: Inspection Services’ contact details is attached.