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Country: European Union (EU)
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End Use: Woodchips
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European Commission, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety
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Export Criteria

Criteria Criteria Required?
Import Permit No
Phytosanitary Certificate Yes
Additional Declaration/Endorsement Yes
Protocol Market No

General Requirements

Consignments are to be free from pests, soil, weed seeds and extraneous material.

Woodchips of coniferous timber or wood except Thuja spp must originate from areas known to be free from Cerambicid vector (Monochamus spp), Weevil (Pissodes spp) and Bark beetle (Scolytidae spp) - endorsement 3977 applies; or

Be sourced from de-barked wood/ timber - endorsement 870 applies; or

Be treated by either fumigation, heat treatment or kiln dried - no endorsement applies but details of treatment to be endorsed on the Phytosanitary certificate in the treatment section.


​Where applicable, the exporter is to provide evidence attesting to the endorsement and present it to the Authorised Officer at the time of inspection.

​It is the exporter’s responsibility to ensure that the phytosanitary certificate is issued within 14 days of the consignment being exported from Australia.

Refer to the departure date and inspection date in the Request for Permit.


The Export Control Act 2020 and the Export Control (Wood and Woodchips) Rules 2021, require an export licence issued by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment for any exports of two tonnes or more of:

  • woodchips;
  • wood in the round (i.e. logs);
  • wood with a cross sectional area of at least 225 square centimetres
These are considered ‘prescribed goods’ under the Export Control (Wood and Woodchips) Rules 2021. 

A licence is not required for the above listed wood and woodchips if:

If an export licence is required, it is the responsibility of exporters to obtain a licence to export prescribed wood or woodchips prior to export.

Exporters can find information on how to obtain an export licence for prescribed wood or woodchips on the departments website - https://www.awe.gov.au/agriculture-land/forestry/industries/export.

Any enquires on what is classed as prescribed wood or woodchips should be directed to: wood.export@awe.gov.au, or call (02) 6272 4353.

The only responsibility authorised officers have in relation to the export licences for unprocessed wood is to inform unprocessed wood exporters of the possible requirement to hold a licence to export unprocessed wood.

Treatment

Woodchips of coniferous timber or wood except Thuja spp may be treated by:

Kiln dried to below 20% moisture content, expressed as a percentage of dry matter, at time of manufacture, achieved through an appropriate time/temperature schedule, or

Fumigated with an appropriate fumigation to a specification approved in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 18.2 of the EU Directive 2000/29, or

Heat treated to achieve a minimum core temperature of 56 degrees Celsius for at least 30 minutes.

The exporter is to provide evidence attesting to the treatment and present it to the Authorised Officer at the time of inspection.

Details of treatment to be endorsed on the Phytosanitary certificate in the treatment section.

Additional Declaration/Endorsements

Option 1 (EXDOC Endorsement 3977)
1) Cerambicid vector (Monochamus spp) and Weevil (Pissodes spp) are not known to occur in Australia,
2) Bark beetle (Scolytidae spp) is known not to occur in the area of production.

Option 2 (EXDOC Endorsement 870)
1) The consignment is bark free.

Reference

Clarified conditons dated 6 May 2013

Latest updates

08/11/2021 - Updated general requirements due to legislation changes.

Initial Uploaded: 29/07/2014
Reviewed Uploaded: 11/05/2022