EU customer statement
CHEP continues to be focused on getting food and essential goods to consumers across the UK and EU without delays. We want to reassure you that CHEP is here to support you when the UK leaves the EU after the end of the transition period on 31st December 2020.
From January 1st, 2021, the UK will become a “third country” to the EU. Therefore, it will become a legal requirement for all wood packaging material moving in both directions between UK and the EU to be compliant with International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM 15). This is a global regulation intended to prevent the spread of plant diseases and pests through wooden packaging materials by requiring them to be heat-treated (HT) and marked.
Since 2018, we have been working closely with National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs who are the domestic custodians of ISPM 15) such as TIMCOM and the Forestry Commission (in the UK) to ensure our processes are audited and compliant to the local ISPM 15 guidelines.
We have also been putting all the necessary processes and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in place at our EU and UK facilities in order to adequately segregate and generate ISPM 15 compliant pallets.
We have spent many months talking to our customers and CHEP is continuing to make the necessary investments to ensure you have the ISPM 15 compliant pallets you need when you need them.
You can find out more about how we can help your imports & exports to be compliant by going to our website.
Additionally, your CHEP Account Manager will be happy to assist with your queries.