TT Talk - Government enforces rules on wooden packaging material...

  • Date: 14/02/2006
  • Source: TT Talk 79

We remind readers that the US Department of Agriculture's Wood Packaging Material (WPM) regulations for pallets and crates came into effect on 1 February 2006 and that they will be enforced by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspectors from that date.

The regulations require that various wooden materials, including pallets and crates, to carry a "legible and permanent" mark that states that the wood has been treated either with heat or methyl bromide to kill any insects that may be present.

The enforcement applies to wooden pallets and crates only. Other wooden items will still be under the "informed compliance" phase of the regulations under which inspectors will note violations and provide information on how to comply with the rules, but will not stop imports or require them to be re-exported.

However, pallets and crates that are not appropriately marked will be subject to expensive procedures required by the regulations, including possible re-export. Members should therefore ensure that all pallets and cases for shipments they handle to destinations in the US (or which transit US territory) meet the requirements and are properly marked.

Through Transport Mutual Insurance Association Limited and TT Club Mutual Insurance Limited, trading as the TT Club. TT Club Mutual Insurance Limited, registered in the UK (Company number: 02657093) is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority. In Hong Kong, TT Club Mutual Insurance Limited is authorised and regulated by the Hong Kong Insurance Authority, in Singapore by the Monetary Authority of Singapore and in Australia by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. In the United States, TT Club Mutual Insurance Limited is approved as a surplus lines insurer in all states and is accessible through properly licensed surplus lines brokers. The registered offices are: 90 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 4ST.

Through Transport Mutual Insurance Association Limited, registered in Bermuda (Company number: 1750) is authorised and regulated in Bermuda by the Bermuda Monetary Authority. 

The UK VAT Identification number for Through Transport Mutual Insurance Association Limited is: GB 564 5244 35 and for TT Club Mutual Insurance Limited is: GB 564 3375 30. The Italian VAT Identification number for TT Club Mutual Ltd is: 03627210101.

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