05.10.2018

Import controls for wood materials from China and Belarus

The European Commission has implemented import control measures for wood packaging materials from China and Belarus as of 1 October 2018. The decision is based on findings where packaging materials from the countries in question have not met the health standards of the European Union.

Commission Implementing Decision 2018/1137

Wood packaging material includes for example (check Annex 1 of the decision)

  • Pallets
  • Frames
  • Boxes
  • Barrels
  • Cable reels
  • Wooden support structures

In case the customs code is listed on the decision, it must be stated in the customs clearance documentation whether the shipment includes wooden material or not. So far, the Finnish Food Safety Authority and the Finnish Customs have not announced that an advance notification would be required.

The seller and buyer must confirm in the commercial invoice or another import document whether the shipment includes wood or wooden packaging materials.

Varova freight forwarding department will assist further if needed.