Steps to exporting

Many countries have adopted an international standard for wood packaging called ISPM 15. You may need to comply with the standard and meet other requirements. We've created a step-by-step process so you can see what's involved.

Step 1
What you need to know

An overview of exporting wood packaging from start to finish.

To export products that include wood packaging you must:

  • find out if your destination country has phytosanitary (plant health) requirements, or if you need an import permit
  • comply with the overseas requirements 
  • find out if you need to have your wood packaging certified according to the ISPM 15 standard.

If ISPM 15 certification is required, you need to complete one of these options:

  • source ISPM 15-stamped wood packaging
  • have your wood packaging treated according to MPI requirements.

If you have questions about ISPM 15, contact your Independent Verification Agency (IVA). 

Some fees and charges will apply.

Exporting only wood packaging components

If you are exporting wood packaging components on their own – and they are not part of other products for export – you should follow the steps for exporting wood products.

Step 2
What you need to do

The tasks you need to complete.

Check the market requirements

Search for the phytosanitary wood packaging requirements for your destination country. The requirements will be listed in the Importing Countries Phytosanitary Requirements (ICPRs).

 See if your wood packaging has to be certified

Find out whether your export destination country needs your wood packaging to be certified, according to the ISPM 15 standard.

If your destination country has no phytosanitary or ISPM 15 requirements for wood packaging, you don't need to do anything more.

Make sure wood and suppliers are MPI-approved for ISPM 15

If your destination country requires your wood packaging to be certified under the ISPM 15 Wood Packaging Certification Scheme, you must take one of these actions:

  • get your wood packaging approved by MPI so it can carry the ISPM 15 stamp
  • make sure your wood packaging suppliers are approved for ISPM 15.

Find out about the ISPM 15 standard and how to get approved [PDF, 454 KB]

Download the list of manufacturers approved for ISPM 15 [PDF, 250 KB]

Step 3
Getting your export documentation

How you know you've met MPI requirements.

When MPI is satisfied that your wood packaging meets all of the requirements for your destination country, we'll issue an 'official assurance' (export certificate) and, if needed, your ISPM 15 stamp. You can then continue with the process of getting an export certificate for the rest of your consignment.

Who to contact

If you need to contact MPI about exporting wood packaging, email

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