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Quarantine service clears air on importation using pallets



Following several queries and complaints from importers, exporters and other stakeholders regarding the issue ofpackaging materials for shipping cargoes, the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) said it has become necessary to reiterate its position, especially concerning Solid Wood Packaging Materials (SWPM) such as pallets, crates, boxes, dunnages, and, others in containerized cargoes imported into Nigeria because of their potential of serving as pathways for pests and diseases capable of endangering the nation’s agricultural economy.

According to Dr. Gozie Nwodo, Head, Media and Public Relations, “the agency has directed that all importation of SWPM must be accompanied with import permit from NAQS or must have been treated, and treatment is given the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) markings/logo in line with International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 15 guidelines.”

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