Wood packaging material (packaging), hereinafter referred to as the LPM, is usually made from wood of lower quality which cannot be used in the production of quality wood products. The LPM is widely used in international transport and is carried from one country or continent to another. Consequently, it presents a risk for the introduction and spread of organisms harmful to plants. The risk may be even greater if the LPM is made from raw wood in the rough partly or totally stripped of bark.
The LPM used in transport must comply with the following technical requirements:
Other packaging material is that used in international transport to protect, attach, support or transport goods and is not considered to be wood packaging material. The following articles are regarded as other packaging material:
Customs authorities check the LPM during regular controls of the goods entering the customs territory of the EU and of the goods upon their release for free circulation. When customs authorities detect that a LPM shipment from a third country entering the customs territory of the EU or being released for free circulation does not comply with the prescribed phytosanitary requirements or shows signs of harmful organisms, they prohibit the entry of the LPM into the territory of the EU or its release for free circulation. They inform the locally competent office of the Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Food Safety, Veterinary and Plant Protection (hereinafter referred to as UVHVVR). Such shipment may be assigned to a customs approved treatment or use only on the basis of the approval granted by a competent UVHVVR inspector.
When importing the LPM to Europe, there are some exceptions. The following shipments shall not be rejected or subject to any measures until further notice: