The United States is the biggest consumer of wood products in the world, but there are many rules and regulations surrounding wood product imports.
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) works to eliminate alien pests and diseases from wood imports before they enter the United States by using heat treatments or chemical treatments.
To comply with APHIS regulation, each importer must obtain a Timber and Timber Products Import Permit (PPQ form 585) to accompany his wood shipments. The import permit specifies the type of treatment needed for the shipment. Importers can apply for the permit online on the APHIS ePermit website.
Other restrictions to be aware of:
Endangered products must follow some or all of these requirements before they enter into the US:
If you have questions about importing wood products, please don't hesitate to ask your Flexport team!