New plant protection regulations

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02/17/2021

From 1 March 2021, wood packaging material for the transport of certain goods originating in China, India and Belarus will be subject to phytosanitary inspection on arrival in the EU at regular intervals.

ISPM 15 stands for International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures and is the regulation for wood packaging material used in international trade.

It describes the phytosanitary measures to be respected in order to reduce the spread of harmful organisms present in wood packaging, by imposing a treatment, thermal or chemical, which gives rise to an internationally recognised marking of the packaging. It should be noted that this specific marking is affixed to wood packaging materials by duly authorised and controlled professional operators of wood packaging.

From 1 March 2021, the Member States will have to change this regulation due to the lack of compliance. Indeed, wooden packaging materials intended for the transport of certain goods originating from China, India and Belarus will be subject to a phytosanitary control on arrival in the EU at regular intervals.

These checks should take place at the border control post of first arrival on EU territory and the operators responsible for the import of the goods should, as soon as they have been notified of their arrival, give prior notice to the competent authority.

This regulation will be applicable until 31 December 2023.

 

The goods concerned by this regulation are the following:

1/ Description of the goods
2/ Combined Nomenclature (CN) or TARIC codes
3/ Country of origin


1/ Slate, whether or not roughly trimmed or merely cut, by sawing or otherwise, into blocks or slabs of a square or rectangular shape
2/ 2514
3/ Belarus, China, India


1/ Marble, travertine, ecaussine and other calcareous monumental or building stone of an apparent specific gravity of 2.5 or more, and alabaster, whether or not roughly trimmed or merely cut, by sawing or otherwise, into blocks or slabs of a rectangular (including square) shape
2/ 2515
3/ Belarus, China, India


1/ Granite, porphyry, basalt, sandstone and other monumental or building stone, whether or not roughly trimmed or merely cut, by sawing or otherwise, into blocks or slabs of a square or rectangular shape
2/2516
3/ Belarus, China, India


1/ Fuel wood in logs, in billets, in twigs, in faggots or in similar forms; wood in chips or particles; sawdust, wood waste and scrap, whether or not agglomerated in logs, briquettes, pellets or similar forms
2/ 4401
3/ Belarus, China, India


1/ Packing cases, boxes, crates, drums and similar packings, of wood; cable-drums of wood; pallets, box pallets and other load boards, of wood; pallet collars of wood (excluding frames and containers specially designed and equipped for one or more modes of transport)
2/ 4415
3/Belarus, China, India


1/ Paving blocks, kerbstones and flagstones, of natural stone (other than slate)
2/ 6801
3/ Belarus, China, India


1/ Worked monumental or building stone (other than slate) and articles thereof, other than those of heading 6801; mosaic cubes and the like, of natural stone (including slate), whether or not on a backing; artificially coloured granules, chippings and powder, of natural stone (including slate)
2/ 6802
3/ Belarus, China, India


1/Wrought natural slate and articles of natural or agglomerated slate (excluding granules, chippings and powder of slate; mosaic stone and the like; slate pencils, ready-made slate boards and writing or drawing slate
2/6803
3/ Belarus, China, India


1/ Ceramic paving or facing tiles; ceramic mosaic cubes and the like, whether or not on a backing (excluding those of siliceous fossil meals or similar siliceous earths, refractory articles, tableware, ornamental ware and special tiles for stoves)
2/ 6907
3/ Belarus, China, India


1/ Aluminium sheet and strip
2/ 7606
3/ Belarus, China, India

 

Sources :
Official Journal of the European Union