We are sure that by now you have read at least one e-mail,
bulletin, or industry
articles which outline the requirements of the International
Convention (IPPC) standards regarding solid wood packaging
standards are in effect in 138 signatory countries.
Since September 16 2005 the United States has been through
grace periods and the Phase III effective date is July 5 2006
because of our
Independence Day holiday.
Phase III demands that all non-compliant materials will be
refused entry into the United States.
The biggest area of concern to U S Hunters are those
shipments coming from
PH's who do not use an agent or from countries who normally
only ship direct to
the hunters. Because the hunter has no control in this
process he often won't
even know that a shipment has been made until it actually
The carriers are the ones who should be the gatekeepers to
ensure the IPPC
Logo (see attached) is permanently and conspicuously stamped
on at least two
sides of each solid wood crate tendered to them.
Unfortunately some airline personnel have not been adequately
trained to know
what to look for.
No longer will paper documents be accepted in lieu of the
IPPC marking. Carriers
often could not care less if the wooden crate meets the IPPC
because they get paid by the US hunter for both the collect
freight to the US and
the return freight back to its origin, which conveniently,
must be made on a freight
prepaid basis per IATA regulations.
Hunters really have to take the bull by the horns and insist
negotiations and face to face meetings with their PH,
overseas taxidermist and
shipping agents that the IPPC regulations must be met by the
handling their trophies.
Failure to do so will be leaving themselves vulnerable for
additional cost and
possible loss of their animals
There are specific exceptions for some wood packing
The most common one is manufactured wood materials known as
oriented strand board, polywood, plywood and particle board.
We believe that
every country has access to manufactured wood such as
particle board - yes it is
heavier. It is also sturdier and immediately recognizable by
even the most
inexperienced personnel as being compliant.
We can guarantee that the additional freight cost will be
much cheaper than the
transit expense back and forth; not to mention the paperwork
marking will cause.
When the Customs and Border Protection/APHIS personnel decide
shipment does not meet the published IPPC requirements they
will issue what is
called an EAN (Emergency Action Notice). The hunter will be
originally sign this document and return it to CBP/A.
Customs Brokers should not sign on behalf of their clients as
this will make
the broker responsible for all costs incurred; which may not
At this time we would like to also advise hunters and their
agents that due to the
spread of Foot and Mouth Disease on the Africa continent
there is an additional
requirement that the shipment of dip and pack ruminants are
added to the list of
swine and non-human primates which must be shipped directly
to a USDA
Approved Taxidermist for re-treatment before release to the
Lastly, there are no USDA Approved Establishments who can
of animals coming from European countries affected by BSE
(mad cow disease).