Wood Packaging for Export (AWPCS)

Australian Wood Packaging Certification Scheme (AWPCS) for export

The AWPCS is a Certification Scheme that ensures that Australian treatment providers and wood packaging manufacturers produce wood packaging material that meets the ISPM 15 Standard for exports.

Wood packaging such as pallets, dunnage, crating, packing blocks, drums, cases, spools bulk heads, load boards, pallet collars, and skids used in the transport of commodities during export are often made from unprocessed raw wood. Packaging of this nature provides a pathway for the introduction and spread of pests and diseases and therefore poses a significant plant health risk.

In recognition of the plant health risk associated with wood packaging the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has adopted a wood packaging Standard: International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures - Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging in International Trade (ISPM 15). This standard aims to significantly lessen the risk of unprocessed raw wood being used as a pathway for the introduction and the spread of most quarantine pests and diseases through international trade. As a signatory to the IPPC, Australia is obliged to implement this Standard.

To meet the requirements of ISPM 15, all wood packaging material shall undergo either heat treatment or fumigation with methyl bromide. To verify that treatment has occurred and to provide traceability to the country of origin, an internationally recognised ISPM 15 Certification Mark shall be applied to the treated wood packaging. The AWPCS treatment providers and wood packaging manufacturers that meet the ISPM 15 requirements will be authorised by the department to apply the internationally recognised mark to wood packaging material produced for use in the export trade. The ISPM 15 Certification Mark can only be used in Australia by participants in the AWPCS who are recognised by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Bureau Veritas can assist manufacturers and suppliers to demonstrate compliance with the AWPCS Certification Scheme for the following categories:

- AWPCS Appendix 1 – Requirements for Heat Treatment Providers
- AWPCS Appendix 2 – Requirements for Methyl Bromide Fumigation Providers
- AWPCS Appendix 3 – Requirements for Wood Packaging Manufacturers without On-Site Treatment Facility
- AWPCS Appendix 4 – Requirements for Wood Packaging Manufacturers with On-Site Treatment Facility


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