Wood Packing Material Notice

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ATTENTION SUPPLIERS: PLEASE READ!

We are seeing a number of instances where the incoming wood is heat treated, as indicated by 'HT' stamped on the wood. However, the HT stamp does not meet the Guidelines. When the heat treated board is constructed into some type of pack/package, or used as dunnage, the only acceptable mark to indicate compliance is the IPPC mark.

WPM Certification Markings - DoD Components shall apply appropriate certification markings as required and defined herein. Certification markings must be readable and permanent. The markings may be applied using a stamp or stencil with indelible ink or burnt into the WPM with a branding iron. The only markings accepted are the ISPM #15 Certification Mark or, under limited circumstances, the DoD "Pest Free" Certification Mark.

The International Standards for Phytosanitary Measure (ISPM) Guidelines for WPM are a challenge for our depots, requiring extra time, manpower, and funding to process their workload. When the Services or ICPs are not familiar with the requirements, or the vendors don't comply, it places extra burden on the depots.

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Palletization

Technical and Quality Requirements, RP001 - Paragraph 2 - Requirements for Treatment of Wood Packaging Material (WPM) and paragraph 3 -Palletization shall be in accordance with MD00100452, Revision C, Dated 09/2016

Policy: The DoD 4140.65-M (Subject: Issue, Use, and Disposal of Wood Packaging Material (WPM)) establishes guidance for the issuance, use, and disposal of wood packaging material (WPM) in compliance with International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) Number 15. The ISPM 15 (Subject: Regulation of Wood Packaging Material in International Trade) describes phytosanitary measures that reduce the risk of introduction and spread of quarantine pests associated with the movement in international trade of wood packaging material made from raw wood.

DLA Requirements for Wood Packaging Material (WPM):

This requirement implements DoD policy developed in response to international implementation of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization protocol on International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 15, "Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Materials in International Trade." ISPM 15 is designed to block movement of pests that can destroy forests from one nation to another. DoD shipments inside and outside of the United States must meet ISPM 15 whenever wood packaging material (WPM), as detailed in DoD 4140.65-M, is used to ship DoD cargo. If the DoD requirements are not followed, improperly marked shipments are likely to become frustrated cargo, be destroyed at the port, or require repacking at the port of debarkation, causing increased cost and time delays to DoD.  The WPM certification markings must be easily visible, especially in pallet loads, to inspectors.

DLA Contract:

REQUIREMENTS FOR TREATMENT OF WOOD PACKAGING MATERIAL (WPM) (September 2016)

  (a) THIS CLAUSE ONLY APPLIES WHEN WOOD PACKAGING MATERIAL (WPM) WILL BE USED TO MAKE SHIPMENTS UNDER THIS CONTRACT AND/OR WHEN WPM IS BEING ACQUIRED UNDER THIS CONTRACT.

  (b) Definition.

        Wood packaging material (WPM) means assets packed in or on wood pallets, skids, load boards, pallet collars, wooden boxes, reels, dunnage, crates, frame and cleats must comply with the Heat Treatment (HT) or Heat Treatment/Kiln Dried (HT/KD) (continuous at 56 degrees Centigrade for 30 minutes) standard in DoD Manual 4140.65-M. Excluded are materials that have undergone a manufacturing process, such as corrugated fiberboard, plywood, particleboard, veneer, and oriented strand board (OSB).

  (c) All Wood Packaging Material (WPM) used to make shipments under DoD contracts and/or acquired by DoD must meet requirements of International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 15, "Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Materials in International Trade." DoD shipments inside and outside of the United States must meet ISPM 15 whenever WPM is used to ship DoD cargo.

     (1) All WPM shall comply with the official quality control program for heat treatment (HT) or kiln dried heat treatment (KD HT) in accordance with American Lumber Standard Committee, Incorporated (ALSC) Wood Packaging Material Program and WPM Enforcement Regulations (see http://www.alsc.org/).

     (2) All WPM shall include certification/quality markings in accordance with the ALSC standard. Markings shall be placed in an unobstructed area that will be easily visible to inspectors. Pallet markings shall be applied to the stringer or block on diagonally opposite sides of the pallet and be contrasting and clearly visible. All containers shall be marked on a side other than the top or bottom, contrasting and clearly visible. All dunnage used in configuring and/or securing the load shall also comply with ISPM 15 and be marked with an ASLC approved DUNNAGE stamp.

  (d) Failure to comply with the requirements of this restriction may result in refusal, destruction, or treatment of materials at the point of entry. The Agency reserves the right to recoup from the Contractor any remediation costs incurred by the Government.