The timber that is used as packaging has little commercial value and therefore can be of poorer quality than timber that is being traded as a commodity. In particular, dunnage may be re-used timber from pallets or even timber that contains bark, if it suits the particular needs of the consignment.
|STEPS||PROCEDURE FOR THE INSPECTION OF WOOD PACKAGING MATERIAL|
|1 – 3||Refer to Basic Requirements|
|4||Inspect the packaging and dunnage for certification and stamp in accordance with ISPM 15. If satisfactory, go to Step 8.
Inspect 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:
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 senior biosecurity 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:
|6||Fumigate the consignment and check that the treatment is effective. Release. Go to Step 8|
|7||Order the consignment and supervise destruction. Go to Step 8.|
|8||Complete the documentation.|
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