In 2014 alone, forest product imports reached nearly 16 million USD. The Lacey Act Declaration is a required form for forest products, imported wildlife, fish and plants. If Lacey Declarations are not filed correctly, legally binding fines can result.
Under the Lacey Act, 'plant' means, "any wild member of the plant kingdom, including roots, seeds, parts or product thereof, and including trees from either natural or planted forest stands." Therefore, a number of imported commodities are subject to Lacey Act Declaration laws and regulations.
The Lacey Dec must be submitted to the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) upon importation of the goods. The form requires the scientific name of the plant, the name of the country from where the plant was harvested, the value of the importation and the quantity of the plant.
Lacey requirements can be complex for shippers, but Licensed Customs Brokers (LCBs) can help importers minimize confusion, prevent costly delays, avoid penalties and avoid merchandise confiscation. Furthermore, LCBs assist importers with compliance issues and paperwork to make the importing process more convenient.
Just a few of the most common commodities which require a Lacey Act Declaration include:
- Hand Tools with Wooden Handles
- Billiard Tables
- Wooden Sculptures
- Wooden Picture Frames
- Wooden Tableware and Kitchenware
Due to the risk of foreign pests and diseases entering the U.S. via cargo shipments, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regulates the importation of agriculture products.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) enforces the APHIS regulations at ports across the nation. CBP agriculture specialists inspect agriculture shipments and ensure necessary paperwork accompanies each import shipment. These measures are carried out to guarantee imported products are free from harmful pests, diseases or invasive species in an effort to safeguard America's crops, livestock and environment.