The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing the implementation of revised Lacey Act provisions. The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 amended the Lacey Act to provide that importers submit a declaration at the time of importation for certain plants and plant products. In 2009, APHIS initiated a blanket declaration pilot program to test the feasibility of a monthly “blanket” declaration, with subsequent reconciliation reports, for importers to declare routine or repeat shipments.
Executive Order 13659 required U.S. Customs and Border Protection to create the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) to file entries. As importers move to the new system, APHIS will end the blanket declaration pilot program on April 18, 2018. APHIS advises importers whose products are subject to Lacey Act declaration requirements to file the required information along with their entry summary documentation through ACE.