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Wood Packaging Material Penalities Enfourced November 1 2017

July 8, 2024

Please be advised that on November 1, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will begin issuing monetary penalties for not complying with wood packaging materials (WPM) import regulations.
Below is an excerpt of the notice.

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection is responsible for enforcing the regulation at ports of entry.  To motivate WPM compliance, effective  November 1, 2017, responsible parties with a documented WPM violation may be issued a penalty under Title 19 United States Code (USC) §  1595a(b) or under 19 USC § 1592.  This is a change from the previously published threshold of 5 violations.  There will be no yearly reset for calculating repeat violations as each WPM violation may incur a penalty."

If you are unfamiliar with the requirements of wood packaging materials, please refer to our blog post: Wood Packaging Materials: 5 tips to Avoid Refusal in which the following topics are covered:
  • Common scenarios  that importers into the U.S., who use wood packaging materials, run into
  • Suggestions on what can you do to lessen the likelihood of being caught up in this scenario
Additional resources:

Wood Packaging Materials Rules

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