The Sea Containers Task Force Questionnaire Has Been Sent to Countries!

Posted on Fri, 22 Mar 2019, 16:00

The IPPC Secretariat has recently issued an online questionnaire to contracting parties (CPs) developed by the IPPC Sea Containers Task Force to facilitate the implementation of the Sea Containers Complementary Action Plan for Assessing and Managing the Pest Threats Associated with Sea Containers, endorsed by CPM-12.

The questionnaire will collect information from NPPOs that can provide data and/or are currently monitoring sea container cleanliness. The collected information, along with cleaning data provided by industry, will make it possible to measure the uptake and impact of the IMO/ILO/ UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code) over time.

Contracting parties (CPs) and national plant protection organizations (NPPOs) can contribute data on existing legal frameworks and practices through answering the questionnaire. The data will help protect our crops and forests from plant pests – in particular those pests that move around the globe in and on the agricultural and forestry products we trade.

The results of the questionnaire will be analyzed and shared publicly with CPs.

Deadline for responding

The deadline for completing the questionnaire is 16 August 2019. This late deadline gives NPPOs ample time to consult with colleagues and different stakeholders to gather the information requested in the questionnaire. However, that IPPC Secretariat and the SCTF would appreciate it if the questionnaire could be completed as soon as possible.

If you have any questions regarding this questionnaire, please contact Ketevan Lomsadze ( or Sebastiaan Hess ( for technical questions.

Future steps

  • The results of the questionnaire will be analyzed and shared with CPs. The analysis of this survey will be reported and shared with NPPOs at the end of October 2019.

  • The IPPC Secretariat will be also shortly sharing with CPs and NPPOs the Guidelines on Sea Container Surveys for NPPOs developed by the SCTF. The document will guide NPPOs on how to inspect and record contamination details when undertaking the sea container cleanliness surveys.

Further information on sea containers can be found at




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