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Cross-border e-Commerce: All transactions which are effected digitally through a computer network (e.g., the internet), and result in physical goods flows subject to Customs formalities. (World Customs Organization)

Phytosanitary import requirements: Specific phytosanitary measures established by an importing country concerning consignments moving into that country (ISPM 5 Glossary of phytosanitary terms)

Phytosanitary measure: Any legislation, regulation or official procedure having the purpose to prevent the introduction or spread of quarantine pests, or to limit the economic impact of regulated non-quarantine pests (ISPM 5 Glossary of phytosanitary terms)

Available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Unofficial translations of ISPM7, ISPM 12, and ISPM 20 are also available in Korean, Portuguese and Vietnamese.

This web page was last updated on 2023-03-01. For further information please contact [email protected].


This reference standard is a listing of terms and definitions with specific meaning for phytosanitary systems worldwide. It has been developed to provide a harmonized internationally agreed vocabulary associated with the implementation of the IPPC and ISPMs.

Country information

The country page shows the contact information of the IPPC Official Contact Points of the IPPC Contracting Parties and local contacts of non-Contracting parties and Territories. Under the contact information, it lists the public national reporting obligations which shall be reported by the contracting parties via this Country page. These obligations include reporting of (1)Designation of an Official IPPC Contact Point, (2)Description of the NPPO, (3)Phytosanitary requirements, restrictions & prohibitions, (4)List of entry points, (5)List of regulated pest, (6)Pest report and (7)Emergency action.

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