Processed wood material

Processed wood material is usually defined as wood that has been chipped, veneered or milled so that any infestation has been destroyed during manufacture. As such, it provides a low level of risk. Types of material include canite, particle board, veneer, fibreboard and panel products.

1 – 3 Refer to Basic Requirements 
4 Inspect the timber products for grain spillage and other contamination such as soil. This inspection can also be a monitoring inspection which aims to test the validity of the treatment certificates. Look for:

  • bark, frass, soil;
  • seed and stored product contaminants;
  • fungi fruiting bodies;
  • snakes and other reptiles;
  • giant African snails/other snails;
  • plant debris;
  • holes, tunnels and/or live insects;
  • ants, spiders;
  • bore dust, frass and faecal pellets; and
  • movement, eg. ants, adult insects, etc.

In addition, timber should be probed for areas of weakness which may indicate an infestation with a pathogen.

If live arthropods or other quarantine pests are found – refer the matter to a biosecurity senior officer for advice. Go to Step 5.

Collect specimens for identification.

If no regulated pests are detected, release. Go to Step 8 OR check that the wood packaging material meets the international standard by checking the stamp on the timber for compliance with ISPM 15. If compliant, release.

5 The options available to the senior biosecurity officer are:

  • order fumigation of all timber in the consignment. Go to Step 6.
  • order destruction of the timber. Go to Step 7.
  • order re-export of the timber. Go to Step 8.
6 Fumigate the consignment and check that the treatment is effective.  Release. Go to Step 9.
7 Order the consignment detained and supervise the destruction. Go to Step 9.
8 Order re-export and supervise.
9 Complete the documentation.
10 Notify non-compliance.

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