In March 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing plans to implement phase 6 of the Lacey Act enforcement schedule, effective October 1, 2020. In August, we announced that we would delay implementation of phase 6. As a result, stakeholders will not be required to file declarations for products in phase 6 on October 1, 2020. APHIS will publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing the new implementation date.
USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.