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Lacey Act Plant Import Declaration Under Review by USDA

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through Oct. 20 on the proposed extension of an information collection required by the Lacey Act for the importation of certain plants and plant products.

The Lacey Act makes it unlawful to import certain plants and plant products without an import declaration, which must contain (among other things) the scientific name of the plant, the value of the importation, the quantity of the plant and the name of the country in which the plant was harvested. For paper and paperboard products with recycled plant content, the importer is not required to specify the species or country of harvest with respect to the recycled plant product component but is required to provide the average percentage of recycled content. If the product also contains non-recycled plant materials, the basic declaration requirements still apply to that component of the product imported.

In addition to the declaration, there is a supplemental form that must be completed if additional space is needed to declare additional plants and plant products. Records of the import declaration and supplemental form must be retained for at least five years.

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