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

 

Part 2 Quarantine of Entry Wooden Packages

1. What requirements shall be complied with by entry wooden packages?

AQSIQ Announcement No. 11, 2005

AQSIQ Announcement No. 32, 2005

Order of the AQSIQ No, 84

AQSIQ Announcement No. 2 2006

AQSIQ Announcement No. 105, 2006

 

2. What changes take place on quarantine supervision of wooden packages from the United States, Japan, South Korea, and the European Union after adopting the international standard?

After the international standard was adopted, wooden packages from the United States, Japan, South Korea, and the European Union shall undergo the treatment of disinfection and disinfestation and attached with the IPPC mark before exiting the export countries. In addition, documents such as the plant quarantine certificate, certificate of fumigation/ disinfection, “Declaration of No-wood Packing Material” and the “Declaration of Non-coniferous Wood Packing Material” officially issued by the export countries are not necessary to be provided.

 

3. What are the procedures of going through the formalities on applying for the entry inspection and quarantine by an owner or his/her agent?

For entry goods with wooden packages, the owner or his/she agent shall report to the inspection and quarantine institution for inspection and quarantine. For those failing to report or whose report are contrary to the facts, inspection and quarantine shall be conducted on wooden packages of the goods, furthermore, administrative punishment shall be undertaken in accordance with relevant provisions.

 

What changes are brought on by adopting the international standard on the scope of countries or regions involved in the present entry wooden package quarantine of quarantine supervision of wooden packages from the United States, Japan, South Korea, and the European Union?

In order to reduce the risk of spreading Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, Cerambycidae, Scolytidae, Bostrychidae or other harmful organisms into China, new provisions of international standard are adopted for inward wooden packages from all countries and regions. In recent years, increasingly strict measures of quarantine on wooden packages from the United States, Japan, South Korea, and the European Union have been employed by Chinese government. In addition, according to the intercepted situation of the ports, many inward wooden packages with harmful organisms from countries other than the United States, Japan, South Korea, and the European Union also have been detected. Therefore, in order to minimize the risk of spreading harmful organisms by wooden packages and to meet the requirements of the WTO/SPS rules, all the wooden packages to be imported to China are required to be treated by disinfection and disinfestation and attached with the IPPC mark in accordance with relevant provision,

 

4. What are the procedures of dealing with the wooden dunnage used by ships entering the country?

It is also possible for wooden dunnge used by ships entering the country to carry and spread harmful organisms. Therefore, for wooden dunnage unloaded from a ship, the prescribed disinfection and disinfestation shall be undertaken, and the IPPC mark shall be attached. For those on which no IPPC mark is attached or those which are detected to carry harmful organisms or insect pests, treatment of disinfection and disinfestation shall undergo at the port of entry.

 

5. Should the wooden packages used by transit goods be treated in accordance with new provisions?

It is possible for wooden packages used by transit goods to carry and spread harmful organisms, if they do not keep sealed in transit. Therefore, the treatment of disinfection and disinfestation shall be undertaken to wooden packages used by transit goods, and the IPPC mark also shall be attached after the said the treatment of disinfection and disinfestation.

 

6. How to deal with the wooden packages from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan?

Provisions on quarantine administration of wooden packages of imported goods issued by the AQSIQ are also applicable to wooden packages from above-mentioned places. For convenient and quick Customs clearance, consignors or their agents whose goods enter China via Hong Kong or Macao and use non-wooden packages can apply to the inspection and quarantine institutions, approved by the AQSIQ, in Hong Kong or Macao for verification of the situation that no wooden package is used and obtain the certification document. The certification document shall be checked by the inspection and quarantine institution when entering China, but examination on wooden packages is not required. However, spot check may be conducted if necessary.

 

7. What measures shall be adopted by the inspection and quarantine institutions in China, in case those wooden packages failing to meet the requirements of entry quarantine?

Treatment of disinfection and disinfestations or deduction shall be conducted to those wooden packages. Should it be not convenient to remove the wooden packages or the violation of regulations is considerably serious, both goods and the wooden packages shall be returned to the consignors. 

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