New Lacey Act Working Group Aims to Foster APHIS Participation in ACE/ITDS
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is inviting importers, customs brokers and software developers to participate in a new Lacey Act Working Group that will address the technical requirements necessary for the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to participate in the Automated Commercial Environment and International Trade Data System.
The Lacey Act requires importers to file with CBP specific documents and information pertaining to the harvest and processing of the following products (listed by Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. heading or subheading number) to assure compliance with U.S. regulations and international agreements.
4401 – fuel wood
4402 – wood charcoal
4403 – wood in the rough
4404 – hoopwood; poles, piles, stakes
4406 – railway or tramway sleepers
4407 – wood sawn or chipped lengthwise
4408 – sheets for veneering
4409 – wood continuously shaped
4412 – plywood, veneered panels (except 4412.99.06 and 4412.99.57)
4414 – wooden frames
4117 – tools, tool handles, broom handles
4418 – builders’ joinery and carpentry of wood
4419 – tableware & kitchenware of wood
4420 – wood marquetry, caskets, statuettes
4421 – other articles of wood
6602 – walking sticks, whips, crops
8201 – hand tools
9201 – pianos
9202 – other stringed instruments
9302 – revolvers and pistols
9305.10.20 – parts and accessories for revolvers and pistols
9401.69 – seats with wood frames
9504.20 – articles and accessories for billiards
9703 – sculptures
According to CBP, the transition to ACE will result in changes to the way those involved with imports of such items do business. Among other things, ACE will require Lacey Act-specific data to be submitted electronically via the partner government agency message set. APHIS has worked with CBP to identify the specific data elements that will need to be submitted by import filers, as well as the format and content of those data elements, to successfully transact business in ACE. Through a series of conference calls, the Lacey Act Working Group will review the PGA message set guidance as well as the impacts that the transition to ACE will have on Lacey Act importation business processes.
The working group will consist of members of the trade whose businesses are regulated by the Lacey Act, trade software developers who support the business processes, and representatives from the Lacey Act Program and from the CBP team developing ACE. To participate in the working group, interested parties should contact Frank Korpusik, Sandra Scott or Debbie Benish no later than Oct. 24.