APHIS To Begin Issuing Letters For Lacey Noncompliance

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced its intention to begin notifying importers and customs brokers when entries have been submitted with Lacey Act declaration errors.  

Effective October 1, 2018 the agency will send letters, via email, identifying the error and asks importers to take steps to correct future declarations.  

No corrective action needs be taken regarding the error contained in the letter but if errors continue to occur and APHIS does not see any attempt to correct future filings the importer could be subject to an investigation or possible enforcement action.

Common Lacey Act declaration errors include:

  • misidentifying the species of imported wood or wood products 

  • listing unlikely country and plant species pairs 

  • submitting incomplete declarations 

  • failing to file a declaration in a timely manner

Please contact Vandegrift with any questions regarding Lacey Act declarations.