A US regulation referred to as The Lacey Act protects plants and wildlife by prohibiting the trade of wildlife, fish and plants that have been illegally seized, transported or sold. Companies that import both plants and plant products into the United States are required to comply with the Lacey Act – adherence to policies, and submittal of necessary information to US Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding the qualifying product. Animal Plant and Health Inspection Services (APHIS) has been designated the lead regulatory agency for these requirements, and US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) is assisting APHIS with the electronic collection of data to fulfill the import declaration requirement.

Importers must not only gather the required information from multiple suppliers, but also ensure the information is correct and up-to-date upon submission to CBP when filing electronically and to USDA when filing paper forms. If your company isn’t automating this process, it can be quite cumbersome to complete.

Integration Point Supply Chain Compliance provides an automated, web-based alternative for companies looking to quickly and easily comply with the Lacey Act.

Does your company have an automated process in place to collect the required data elements, and electronically submit the required filings in order to comply with the Lacey Act?

The Integration Point Supply Chain Compliance (SCC) solution facilitates the solicitation of multiple suppliers needed in order for a company importing plants, wildlife or plant products into the US to comply with the Lacey Act. The Integration Point Supply Chain Compliance solution eliminates time zone difficulties due to its on-demand architecture, and stimulates global communication throughout the entire supply chain by offering multilingual capabilities.

All of the elements of Integration Point Supply Chain Compliance are managed in one single platform, allowing companies to easily collect, analyze, retain and file the needed information.

Integration Point Supply Chain Compliance integrates with Integration Point Global Trade Content allowing companies to receive up-to-date classification and tariff preferences without the pain of manually searching or having shipments delayed due to missing or inaccurate documentation.

The Lacey Act

Did you know that every US importer of plants and/or plant products must comply with the Lacey Act, including the submission of the required documentation for compliance?

The submission of documents for Lacey Act compliance became mandatory on April 1, 2009, and enforcement by CBP began on May 1, 2009. The USDA and APHIS recommend importers file electronically to avoid shipment delays.

Importers subject to the Lacey Act must issue an import declaration for the importation of plants, trees or their products into the US. The import declaration must contain the following data elements:

  • Scientific names of all plant species being imported (genus and species)
  • Quantity, including units of measure, of each plant or wildlife
  • Country of harvest
  • Value of imported plants or plant products

For times when plant species and/or country of harvest cannot be determined, APHIS requires importers to list all possible plants within the product, as well as list all possible countries where the plant may have originated. For paper products containing recycled content, the import declaration must also include the average percent of recycled content regardless of species or country of harvest.

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