Plant health and trade safety


International trade is the backbone of many national economies. It creates jobs, makes food available and strengthens global cooperation, but it also facilitates the introduction and spread of pests.

This is why, as the only international convention for plant health, the IPPC adopts International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs), which play a vital role in harmonizing the way countries manage international trade of plants and in promoting global cooperation in trade facilitation.

Through its electronic phytosanitary certification solution (ePhyto), the IPPC allows exporting countries to present information on the phytosanitary value of their products to importing countries, almost in real time.

The ePhyto solution makes international trade in plants and plant products faster, safer and more direct by eliminating the complications of using paper certificates, such as processing delays and the use of fraudulent certificates.

The IPPC also facilitates secure global trade through harmonized standards such as ISPM 15 on the regulation of wood packaging materials in international trade.

ISPM 15 provides for internationally agreed phytosanitary treatments that are applied to wood packaging materials, which are then marked with an IPPC symbol to certify to importing countries that the wood has been treated appropriately, thereby minimizing the likelihood introduction of harmful organisms.

The IPPC also encourages collaboration with players in the international shipping container supply chain.

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