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- Kellie Irias
ISPM-15 regulations intended to prevent the importation of dangerous pests in dunnage and wood packaging material have had serious repercussions for the project and breakbulk industry. Infestations of the most dangerous pests can lead to re-exportation of full or part charters, an astronomically expensive and schedule-wrecking remedy. Although no shippers or carriers want to import pests that threaten US woodlands and forests, industry attempts to control or prevent the problem by working with the sources of wood packaging material and dunnage have been frustrating. In this executive briefing, Diana Davila, project director and Houston branch manager for UTC Overseas and a founding member of the Houston-based WPM-Dunnage Coalition, and Kellie Irias, commercial director for KOGA Shipping, will discuss progress made in managing ISPM-15 infestations and the practical realities of mitigating infested cargoes for affected clients.