Over the past few weeks, Pacific Customs Brokers has noticed a marked increase in U. S. Customs and Border Protection demands for shipments to be "direct exported" back to Canada due to non-compliance with the Solid Wood Packaging Materials (SWPM) regulations.

While we have not receive any official U. S. notification of this increased enforcement, Customs officers have verbally advised us that they would prefer to see the SWPM statement with any shipment that contains pallets that may not be properly marked. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has provided us with the following information - Update on Wood Packaging (PDF).

Please note that no recent changes have been made to the regulations, however, we strongly advise that all shippers to the USA review the requirements and their internal practices to assure that you are in compliance. Should you have further questions, please contact Pacific Customs Brokers at 604.538.1566 and we'll be happy to assist you.

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While we strive for accuracy in all our communications, as the Importer of Record it is incumbent upon your company to ensure that you are aware of the requirements under the new regulations so that you maintain compliance as always.