NEW DECLARATION FOR IMPORTED MERCHANDISE MADE FROM WOOD OR PLANTS DELAYED UNTIL APRIL 1, 2009

The Lacey Act of 2008 (Farm Bill) has created serious challenges and questions related to what products are covered, how new required information could be ascertained, the effect of strict liability throughout the supply chain, and the effect of requiring paper declarations in an environment that had become reliant on paperless EDI entry processing.

Recognizing the inherent difficulties of complying with this legislation, the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA), along with other concerned groups, worked with government officials to arrive at practical solutions. As a result, the effective date for mandatory submission of plant product certificates has been delayed until April 1, 2009, giving stakeholders an opportunity to develop electronic alternatives.

Beginning December 15, 2008, the required declaration will be voluntary, and the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) continues to solicit comments through December 8, 2008.

Information on this and other recent developments can be obtained from our technical consulting group.