U.S. Customs Issuance of Wood Packing Material Penalty.

A rule regarding the heat treatment or fumigation with methyl bromide of wood packaging materials of imported goods was put into effect on September 16, 2005. Since that date, if crates and pallets arrived without the appropriate International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) stamp, U.S. Customs would allow the importer the opportunity to remove the cargo and export the non-compliant packaging material. 

As of April 2018, U.S. Customs is issuing penalties pursuant to 19 USC 1595a(b) for any violation of 7CFR 319.40. The penalties issued have been equal to the domestic value of the merchandise.

In order to avoid these penalties please instruct the shipper to use ISPM compliant wood packaging material.



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