Lacey Act Declaration for Imported Plants and Plant Products Under Review
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is requesting comments no later than Feb. 27 on the proposed extension of the Lacey Act declaration requirements for imports of plants and plant products. Importers are required to submit for all plants a declaration form (PPQ 505) that must contain, among other things, the scientific name of the plant, value of the importation, quantity of the plant, and name of the country from which the plant was harvested. If the species varies or is unknown importers must declare the name of each species that may have been used to produce the product. The information collected is used to support investigations into illegal logging practices by the Justice Department and also acts as a deterrent to illegal logging practices worldwide.