Supply chain certainty

The UK has officially left the EU as of 31st January 2020. Following the transition period a formal trade agreement has been reached.  As of January 1st 2021 ISPM 15 compliance is a legal requirement for WPM traveling between the UK and EU, in both directions. 

With CHEP’s superior scale and depth of expertise, we are well positioned to support customers through the required changes. We have been proactively engaging with our customers both in the UK and EU to ensure we can support them with their Brexit mitigation plans.

How is CHEP preparing for Brexit

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.  

Preparing for Brexit
Preparing for Brexit

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