Canadian Wood Packaging Certification Program (CWPCP)

The Canadian Wood Packaging Certification Program (CWPCP) is a quality management program designed to allow certified producers to construct wood packaging products to meet a phytosanitary standard. The CFIA will certify wood packaging producers only after approving the elements of a producer's quality management plan and verifying that the wood packaging facility is capable of meeting the phytosanitary standard (ISPM No. 15)

Heat treated wood from the Canadian Heat Treated Wood Products Certification Program (CHTWPCP) provides certified wood products used in the Canadian Wood Packaging Certification Program (CWPCP).

Policies and Manuals

Industry Notices

CWPCP Facilities

All facilities registered in the Canadian Wood Packaging Certification Program (CWPCP) and the Canadian Heat Treated Wood Products Certification Program (CHTWPCP) are certified to produce Wood Packaging Material, including Dunnage, that is compliant with the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), International Standard on Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 15 (2009) - PDF (505 kb).

CWPCP Service Provider

As of January 22, 2010, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has selected the Canadian Wood Pallet and Container Association (CWPCA-ACMPC) as the Service Provider for a one year term with an extra one year option for the delivery of the inspections and audit activities of facilities wishing to register or currently registered under the Canadian Wood Packaging Certification Program (CWPCP), Policy Directive D-01-05.

Canadian Lumber Exported to the U.S. for the Construction of U.S. Wood Packaging

All Canadian lumber, either in bundles or custom cut (pre-cut) packages, exported to the U.S. to be used in a facility that produces wood packaging for export must meet the specifications of the non-manufactured wood packaging enforcement regulations of the American Lumber Standards Committee.

According to the American Lumber Standards Committee program, all Canadian or U.S. lumber, except as noted below, entering a U.S. wood packaging facility must be labeled HT or KD-HT under the supervision of any agency accredited by the Board of Review. Each board of the bundle must be stamped to identify the Grading Agency, the Facility Number and the treatment (HT or KD-HT).

However, when pieces are marked HT or KD-HT only, with no reference to grade, and the size of individual pieces is:

  1. 30 inches or less in length; or
  2. 1/2 inch nominal or less in thickness; or
  3. 2 inches nominal or less in width, the HT or KD-HT mark shall be applied by stamping not less than 25% of the pieces of a bundle.

Units that are partially marked shall also be stenciled with the same information as indicated by the agency HT or KD-HT stamp.

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