Wood Packing Material Requirements & Customs & Border Protection Enforcement

The U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) issued CSMS 17-000609, reminding the Trade Community that pursuant to U.S. Code of Federal Regulations 7 CFR § 319.40-3, non-exempt wood packaging material (WPM) imported into the United States must have been treated at approved facilities at places of origin to kill harmful timber pests that may be present.  Moreover, CBP emphasized that as of November 1, 2017, it will issue penalties to responsible parties for each documented wood packaging materials violation, contrary to the previous published threshold of 5 violations.  There will be no yearly reset for calculating repeat violations as each WPM violation may incur a penalty.

A full member update can be found here CSMS re WPM