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The European Commission (EC) has enacted Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 20181137 on the supervision, plant health checks and measures to be taken on wood packaging material for the transport of commodities originating in certain third countries.

This regulation provides the safety requirements for the transport of commodities originating from third countries using wood packaging. This regulation specifies the following:

  • Wood packaging material is subject to customs supervision pursuant to Article 134 of Regulation (EU) No 9522013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (4) and to supervision by the responsible official bodies as referred to in Article 13(1) of Directive 2000/29/EC.
  • Airport authorities, harbour authorities, other authorities responsible for the control of movement of goods involved in the importation of the specified commodities accompanied by wood packaging material, shall give, as soon as they are aware of the imminent arrival of that wood packaging material, advance notice thereof to the customs office at the point of entry or to the responsible official body of the point of entry.

Articles 1 to 6 shall apply from 1 October 2018. This Decision shall apply until 30 June 2020.