With the 2012 U.S. Presidential election now in the rear view mirror, insiders have been anticipating some progress with respect to the U.S. agreeing on an implementation timeline for the termination of the bilateral agreement that continues to allow untreated timber pallets and packaging to travel between the U.S. and Canada. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), which oversees ISPM-15 in Canada, recently stated that the termination of the bilateral agreement between Canada and USA “will not occur” before January 2015, with 12 months of informed compliance required prior to full implementation.
The uncertainty continues to pose a challenge to unit load decision makers who wish to give themselves time to safely transition. Comments Gord Hughes in his Wood Packaging Solutions newsletter, “Many manufactures sat down with their customers back in 2012 and explained the situation about the termination of the bilateral forcing all wooden pallet and packaging to be ISPM No. 15 compliant. Many pallet professionals pushed their customers to start early allowing the customer to void themselves of old non-compliant wooden pallet and packaging and institute new ISPM No. 15 compliant pallets for shipment of goods to the USA. Now, over two years later, you have to go back to your customer once again and say sorry it was not your fault but the new date is January 2015.”