FAQs on Quarantine of Wood Packaging Materials of Entry-Exit Cargos(III)
2009-05-06

 

Part 3 Exit Wooden Package Quarantine

1. What provisions have been formulated by the AQSIQ to regulate the quarantine supervision and administration of wooden packages of exported goods?

Order of the AQSIQ No, 69

AQSIQ Announcement No. 4, 2005

Relevant Questions Concerning the Administrative Measures on Quarantine of Exported Wooden Packages Letter No.90 [2005]

AQSIQ Announcement No. 105, 2006

 

 

2. Shall all the exported wooden packages be attached with the IPPC mark?

For those wooden packages exported to countries or regions where the international standard has been adopted, the treatment of disinfection and disinfestation shall be undertaken, and the IPPC mark shall be attached in accordance with relevant provisions. For those exported to countries or regions where the international standard has not adopted, inspection and quarantine shall be conducted in accordance with the requirements formulated by the export countries or regions. At present, a growing number of countries and regions have adopted the international standard. For the list of countries or regions which have adopted the international standard, contact the local inspection and quarantine institution or visit the website of the AQSIQ

 

3. Who is entitled to attach the IPPC mark to wooden packages?

Entities entitled to attach the IPPC mark must be entities which are responsible for the production or disinfection and disinfestatiion of wooden packages, moreover, they must pass the examination conducted by the AQSIQ and meet relevant provisions mentioned above. 

 

4. How does a wooden package enterprise or a unit of disinfection and disinfestation obtain the qualification of attaching the IPPC mark?

Enterprises responsible for the disinfection and disinfestations and attached the IPPC mark (including wooden package enterprises and the units of disinfection and disinfestations, hereinafter referred to as the “mark-affixing enterprise”) shall apply to the local inspection and quarantine institution in accordance with relevant provisions. After examination on the capabilities of disinfection and disinfestation and the facility conditions conducted by the AQSIQ, those qualified  obtain the qualification of attaching the IPPC mark.

 

In accordance with the regulations of the People’s Republic of China on management of exit wooden package, an inspection and quarantine institution shall award the qualification certificate of disinfection and disinfestations and mark-affixing to qualified enterprises in areas under their jurisdiction, and promulgate the list of mark-affixing enterprises, meanwhile, report to the AQSIQ for record-keeping. The qualification of mark affixing shall be valid for 3 years. In addition, the application and examination are definitely fair, just and open. At present, inspection and quarantine bureaus approve a certain number of enterprises of heat treatment, in addition to enterprises of fumigation.

 

 

5. Can a mark-affixing enterprise attach the IPPC mark freely?

No, it can’t. A mark-affixing enterprise shall report to the local inspection and quarantine institution before undertaking the disinfection and disinfestations to a lot of wooden packages. The local inspection and quarantine institution shall conduct supervision and administration on the whole process of disinfection and disinfestations of wooden packages. For those qualified, the inspection and quarantine institution shall supervise the mark-affixing enterprise to attach the IPPC mark to the qualified wooden packages, and conduct the supervision of verification and cancellation of used (or sold) wooden packages.

 

6. Where can exporters buy the wooden packages attached with the IPPC mark?

Wooden packages attached with the IPPC mark shall be purchased from the mark-affixing enterprises. Enterprises using wooden packages can contact the local inspection and quarantine institution for obtaining the list of mark-affixing enterprises, and determine to buy the wooden packages, which have been conducted disinfection and disinfestation already, by themselves. In addition, inspection and quarantine institutions shall promulgate the list of mark-affixing enterprises through proper channels.

 

In the event that a wooden package without the IPPC mark is bought, the exporter can entrust the disinfection and disinfestation and mark affixing to an enterprise of disinfection and disfestation who has the qualification of attaching the IPPC mark.

 

7. Is it necessary for an exporter to conduct the inspection and quarantine report before exporting those wooden packages attached with the IPPC mark?

In the event that the import countries or regions have employed the international standard of wooden packages, the inspection and quarantine report is not necessary, while quarantine supervision and administration as well as spot check conducted by the inspection and quarantine institution shall be gone through; if the import countries or regions require the plant quarantine certificate or the fumigation/disinfection certificate, inspection and quarantine report shall be conducted by the exporter to the inspection and quarantine institution. 

 

8. Should the plant quarantine certificate be presented for wooden packages with the IPPC mark?

In accordance with the international standard prescribed in Article 15 of the plant quarantine measures, countries or regions which have adopted the IPPC mark, generally, would not require a plant quarantine certificate or fumigation/disinfection certificate. However, for countries or regions with special needs, the inspection and quarantine institutions shall issue relevant certificates upon the requests.

 

9. Could the wooden package be attached with the IPPC mark at the port of exit after finishing the treatment of disinfection and disinfestation (fumigation) ?

Due to the limitation of time, sites and surroundings for undertaking the fumigation treatment at the port of exit, as well as the difficulties of attaching the IPPC mark, and the increase of costs, it is suggested to undertake the fumigation treatment before packaging and carrying.

 

10. What measures are applied for supervision and administration of mark-affixing enterprises?

A mark-affixing enterprise shall guarantee the quality of disinfection and disinfestation treatment and ensure to attach the IPPC mark in a proper way. The inspection and quarantine institution shall conduct examination and supervision on the procedure of disinfection and disinfestations, mark affixing, and sales recording, etc. Should any potential dangers of quality be identified, the inspection and quarantine institution shall order the enterprise to rectify it. In case of any violation and falsification, which could result in economic losses, is detected, the enterprise shall be disqualified, and the results shall be made known to the general public.

 

11. How to punish the enterprises, who have counterfeited, altered, embezzled the IPPC mark, or violated relevant regulations?

The IPPC mark is a special mark of inspection and quarantine which has the legal effect. For those counterfeit, alter, embezzle the IPPC mark or violate relevant regulations, punishment (including penalty, and disqualification, etc. in case the circumstance is serious, the enterprise must undertake corresponding legal responsibility for its illegal activities) shall be undertaken, in accordance with relevant provisions prescribed in the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Entry and Exit Animal and Plant Quarantine and its implementation regulations.

 

12. What are the consequences of exporting unqualified wooden packages?

In accordance with relevant requirements of entry quarantine formulated by the government, a wooden package without the IPPC mark or of which the mark attached is not in a proper way, or on which harmful organisms have been detected, measures such as disinfection and disinfestation, destruction, and rejection of entering shall be undertaken at the port of entry. It is believed that countries or regions as the United States, Canada, Mexico and the EU countries, generally, undertake the strict measure, that is returning unqualified wooden packages together with the same lot of goods to the export countries.

 

13. Considering the influences of quarantine risks of wooden packages on trade, what would relevant enterprises to do?

For a wooden package enterprise, it is necessary to obtain the qualification of attaching the IPPC mark for producing wooden packages to be exported. In the future, it is possible that a growing number of countries will adopt the international standard. Therefore, an enterprise responsible for the production of wooden packages shall immediately undertake relevant measures to increase the investment of facilities, establish a sound quality control system, and obtain the qualification of attaching the IPPC mark as soon as possible, in order to ensure its products can meet the international standard of plant quarantine.

 

For an enterprise which uses wooden packages, it is necessary to pay great attention on the quarantine of wooden packages, to strengthen the awareness of protection, and to learn the quarantine requirements of different countries and regions timely. For exporting to countries or regions which have adopted the international standard, the enterprises shall  bought the wooden packages from companies which are entitled to attach the IPPC mark by the inspection and quarantine institutions, or entrust the disinfection and disinfestation as well as mark affixing to institutions of disinfection and disinfestation which are qualified to attach the IPPC mark, and request the enterprise to issue a voucher which can prove the wooden package have undergone qualified disinfection and disinfestation to avoid trade loss caused by unqualified wooden packages.

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