On October 8th, 2008, the United States Department of
Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service (APHIS) announced its plan to implement and enforce
the new requirements to the Lacey Act which was passed in
May of 2008.
The guidelines affect industries that primarily ship lumber,
wood pulp, or paper. The scope of the declaration requirements,
however, will also affect any industry that uses any amount
of material derived from plants—products like furniture, resin,
chewing gum, cigarettes, boats, wine with corks, cars, musical
instruments, textiles, pharmaceuticals, and virtually anything
that uses a label in shipping.
Additionally, companies that violate the Lacey Act may be subject
to civil penalties up to $10,000 per violation or criminal
sanctions of up to $20,000 in fines and/or up to five years