Journal of Commerce--The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to remove an exemption that Canadian shippers have from international regulations governing wood packing material.

The U.S. in 2006 adopted international standards requiring heat or chemical treatment of wood packing materials such as pallets and dunnage in international shipments. The rules are intended to block the spread of destructive exotic pests such as the Asian longhorned beetle and the pine shoot borer into U.S. forests. Read more!