With less than ten days to go until the UK is set to officially leave the EU on 29 March and the prospect of both a no deal exit and an extension to the process still on the table, we are reiterating our advice to customers over the importance of ISPM15 compliance.
Further to the guidance we issued earlier this month, while this uncertainty persists, our view continues to be that customers should strongly consider switching to ISPM15 compliant wooden pallets and packaging products until the exit deal and/or guidance from the EU on ISPM15 is fully clarified.
To re-cap, timber packaging shipped between the UK and EU is currently exempt from ISPM15 regulations due to reciprocal arrangements. However, in the event of the UK leaving the EU with no deal, these arrangements will be void, meaning every UK business that either exports or imports products using timber packaging must ensure that it is ISPM15 compliant. Effectively, goods arriving at European or UK ports on or after March 29th could still be held at customs if they are not ISPM15 compliant.
Even if an extension to the Brexit process beyond 29 March occurs, a no deal outcome could still be a possibility, hence the ongoing importance of addressing the issue. Typically, switching to ISPM15 compliant products can take up to four weeks.
This is a rapidly evolving situation but we will continue to monitor developments closely and keep customers fully updated. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our sales team for further information…