PHYTOSANITARY REQUIREMENTS FOR WOOD PACKAGING USED FOR EXPORT
More and more countries around the world have begun to implement the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures no. 15 (ISPM 15) for wood packaging materials. This means that all wood packaging used for shipping potatoes (or any other goods) to these countries will have to comply with the ISPM15 standards. The packaging will need to have been treated with gas or heat and certified with an international mark. There is a chance that consignments will be rejected by the importing country if non-certified wood packaging is used. It is advised to regularly check which countries have signed up to the new rules.
More information can be found on the website of the Forestry Commission:
Booklet with information for exporters on the ISPM15 standards
List of countries that have implemented the ISPM15 standards
Any further queries on this issue should be directed at the Forestry Commission's Plant Health section.