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 six of the Lacey Act enforcement schedule, effective October 1, 2020. In response to stakeholder concerns about operational and economic setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, APHIS will publish a Federal Register notice in the coming weeks to delay implementation. This action will give the trade community time to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for this change.
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