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Expansion of Lacey Act Import Declaration Requirement

Under the U.S. Lacey Act, the import of certain products made of, or incorporating, plant/wood material are required to be declared to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). For articles incorporating plant/wood material, the HTSUS classification of the imported finished article determines whether a declaration is required. Effective December 1, 2024, APHIS will expand this list to include an additional 200 + HTSUS Headings/Subheadings. Click HERE for the list.

Where a declaration is required, the following plant/wood information must be provided to APHIS at entry:
a) the scientific name (genus and species);
b) the species country of origin; and
c) the quantity.

Information requirements differ for composite wood articles. Additionally, packaging materials are exempt as are de minimis quantities.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact: John A. Schoenig or call at 212-557-4000.


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