Government initiative introduces heat-treated WPM repair option in Brexit lead up

Government initiative introduces heat-treated WPM repair option in Brexit lead up

ARTICLE · By TIMCON · 20 November 2020

The Timber Packaging & Pallet Confederation (TIMCON) has welcomed news that heat-treated wooden components will be temporarily allowed for the repair of wooden pallets and packaging, as it increases options for businesses who want to grow their capacity of ISPM15-compliant wooden packaging material (WPM) before the final Brexit deadline on December 31, 2020 and beyond.

From January 1, 2021 it will be a legal requirement for all wood packaging material moving in both directions between UK and the EU to be ISPM15-compliant.

The ‘temporary easement’ addendum to the UK Wood Packaging Material Marking Programme (UKWPMMP), which governs ISPM15 in the country, now permits the additional option of ISPM15 repairs to avoid ‘the total retreatment of pallets after repair’, as required by the original regulations. The new measure was proposed by the UK Government and approved by the devolved governments on a temporary basis to help raise stocks of compliant WPM in the weeks remaining before the cut-off date, and in the first half of next year.

TIMCON had previously requested a six-month extension to the introduction of the inspection regime to allow the industry to recoup some of the preparation time it had lost due to the pandemic. The extension was not granted, but the organisation has said the easement now provides a helpful replacement as it will allow the industry to increase its capacity of compliant WPM before the deadline.

TIMCON is carrying out a monthly survey of pallet and packaging manufacturers and suppliers of second-hand pallets, the most recent of which states that 76 per cent of those asked are confident they will be able to meet the increased demand for ISPM-compliant pallets.

Up-to-date Brexit information can be found on TIMCON’s website, www.timcon.org, and on its LinkedIn feed.

TIMCON President will also be speaking at the TTF’s event on Supplying the UK Timber Industry on Wednesday 25 November.

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