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New Lacey Act Working Group Aims to Foster APHIS Participation in ACE/ITDS

Monday, October 20, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

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.

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