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ISPM 15 impact assessment

12 December 2012

The Timber Packaging & Pallet Confederation (TIMCON) is working closely with FEFPEB (the European Federation of Wooden Pallet and Packaging Manufactur - ers) to liaise with consultants appointed by the European Commiss

The Timber Packaging & Pallet Confederation (TIMCON) is working closely with FEFPEB (the European Federation of Wooden Pallet and Packaging Manufactur - ers) to liaise with consultants appointed by the European Commission to assess the potential impact of extending ISPM 15.

The EC is considering increasing ISPM 15 to include all movements of wooden packaging material within the EU. Current require - ments are limited to movements into the EU or out of Portugal, a known pinewood nematode area.

John Dye, president of TIMCON said: "If these changes take place, there are major implications - not only for the European pallet and packaging industry, but for the entire European forest-based sector.

We are fully supportive of measures to protect European forest as they provide our essential raw material.

However, if the current regulations are to be extended, we want to ensure that: they are scientifically justified; the industry has sufficient time to extend its heat treatment capacity; and the requirement for repairs is practical and achievable."
 
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