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Midyear Breakbulk and Project Cargo Outlook: Addressing ISPM-15 Risks

Aug 19, 2021, 2:00 PM EDT

Project logistics industry executives are working with a range of stakeholders as they hunt for a proactive way to root out the most serious pest infestations — ISPM-15 violations — in wood packaging materials used with import cargo. These infestations are frequently found even in packaging materials that have undergone the required treatment processes. They can trigger tough violation enforcement, costly fines, and the re-exporting of products ranging from cargo dunnage and steel coils on skids to part and full charters of high-dollar, schedule-sensitive project cargoes. Official information on global sources of bad wood packaging materials, US re-exporting actions, and the infestations themselves is difficult to get. Industry members believe this lack of transparency exacerbates the problem.
In this roundtable-style webcast, a group of industry stakeholders will discuss why ISPM-15 violations occur despite good-faith efforts to stop them, remedies or the lack thereof, and potential strategies for preventing the problem at the source.
Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Diana Davila, Houston Branch Manager, UTC Overseas, Inc.
James Garland Hurst, Customs and International Trade Attorney, Givens & Johnston, PLLC
Tyrone Jones, Trade Director, Global Forestry Products, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ)
Gary M. Lovett, Ph.D., Senior Scientist Emeritus, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
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