Wood packaging materials made of unprocessed wood represent a pathway for the introduction and spread of pests. As the origin of wood packaging materials is often difficult to determine, worldwide measures are described to significantly reduce the risk of the spread of pests. The NOPP is encouraged to accept wood packaging materials to which the approved measures have been applied, without additional requirements. Such wood packaging materials include fastening wood, but do not include recycled wood packaging materials.
Procedures to verify whether an approved measure has been applied, including the application of a globally recognised label, should be in place in both the exporting and importing countries. Other measures on which a bilateral agreement has been reached are also considered in this standard. If wood packaging materials do not meet the requirements of this standard, the NOPOS can neutralize them in an approved way.