AHPA Webinar: Lacey Act Import Declaration Requirements

AHPA Webinar: Lacey Act Import Declaration Requirements

June 23, 2021 – 1-3pm EDT

Published: Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Event date: 6/23/2021 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Export event

The Lacey Act of 1900 (the Lacey Act) was originally passed to prohibit the interstate sale and transportation of game killed in violation of local laws. It was modified by the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 to also address illegal international logging practices and trade. As a part of these modifications, the Lacey Act requires importers of all plant products to submit an import declaration at the time of importation.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has been charged with the oversight of the Lacey Act’s import declaration requirement, which it has implemented for different imported plant product commodities according to a phased schedule. Certain common food crops and cultivars are excepted from the Lacey Act’s import declaration requirement; APHIS maintains a non-exhaustive list of these commodities.

Import declarations under the Lacey Act are collected by the Agency in an electronic format and include a variety of information, including, of particular note to the herbal product industry, the country of harvest for all imported products. The latest phase of Lacey Act import declaration requirement implementation will go into effect on July 1, and will for the first time require import declarations for certain essential oil commodities.

Please join us for a webinar on June 23 to hear a discussion about the import declaration requirements and how to comply to those requirements.

Click here to submit questions BEFORE the webinar so presenters can address YOUR ISSUES during their presentation. A Q&A session will follow the speaker presentations to provide the speakers an opportunity to answer specific questions submitted in advance.

Presenters:

  • Dorothy Wayson, National Policy Manager, Lacey Act Program, USDA, APHIS, PPQ
  • John Schoenig, Esq., Partner, Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP
  • Elizabeth Baldwin, Environmental Compliance Officer, Metropolitan Hardwood Floors, Inc.
  • Joe O’Donnell, Director, Government & Public Affairs, International Wood Products Association

Materials/Handouts

  • Presenter slides
  • Presenter biographies

Cost

  • Members: $0
  • Non-Members: $199
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