On December 20, 2021, the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC) released the announcement: Phytosanitary Requirements for Pine Wood from Countries with Pine Wood Nematode Presence. The announcement updates requirements for importing pinewoods, including guidelines for sampling and treatment prior to export, phytosanitary certificate requirements, port of entry quarantine requirements, and designated ports for receiving pinewood imports.

While the new standards are slated to go into effect on February 1, 2022, US suppliers are already encountering entry issues.  For a full explanation of these new requirements, please see the attached FAS GAIN report.