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Lacey Act
June 25th, 2015

Lacey Act Amendment

Purpose of the Lacey Act Amendment
Prevent trade in illegally harvested lumber & in wood products made from illegally harvested lumber

The Lacey Act makes it . . .
  • Unlawful to trade in any plant that is taken, possessed, transported, or sold in violation of the laws of the United States, a State, Indian Tribe, or any foreign law that protects plants.
  • Unlawful to falsify documents, accounts or records of any plant covered by the Act
  • Unlawful to import certain plants and plant products without an import declaration

    PPQ 505: Plant Product Declaration
  • Declaration required to obtain release of a covered product
  • Electronic submission of the required data elements will be accepted April 1, 2009, enforcement will begin May 1, 2009

    In Plain English . . .
  • Make sure your shipments were obtained legally & properly declared
    Make sure your shipments documentation and records are true and accurate

    Exemptions from the Declaration Requirement
  • Plants and plant products used exclusively as packing material to support, protect, or carry another item including (but not limited to) instruction manuals, labels, pallets and crating, etc.
  • Common cultivars and common food crops to be defined by APHIS and FWS in joint rulemaking
  • Plants for planting

    APHIS Lacey Act additional references
    http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/lacey_act/index.shtml
    email inquiries to lacey.act.declaration@aphis.usda.gov

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