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How do I file the declaration?

The Importer of Record or their agent can electronically file the declaration using one of these options: 

  • Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) ACE system is the primary method for filing Lacey Act declarations. The ACE portal provides a centralized online access point to connect CBP, trade representatives, and participating government agencies involved in importing goods into the United States. Through the portal, you can file the electronic data required by APHIS’ Lacey Act Program. To apply for an ACE secure data portal account, contact CBP or visit their website.  To find guidance for filing the Lacey Act declaration in ACE, refer to CBP and Trade Automated Interface Requirements (CATAIR) on CBP’s website.
  • Lacey Act Web Governance System (LAWGS) – Alternatively, you can file the Lacey Act declaration through LAWGS. This is APHIS’ web-based interface for importers and brokers who prefer not to file electronically in ACE. Until CBP implements a module in ACE for filing declarations for importations into Foreign Trade Zones, LAWGS provides that capability. It allows for large uploads of Lacey Act declaration data using the XML option. If you are providing Customs information in ACE and prompted to file a Lacey Act declaration, but you intend to file it in LAWGS, select the disclaim option (Disclaim C) in the APHIS Lacey Act Message Set to indicate you will file through another method to meet the Lacey Act requirements.

You do not need to mail a paper declaration if you submit it electronically. By choosing the electronic option and going paperless, you will not only be eco-friendly but also gain these important benefits:

  • Speed up the submission time;
  • Reduce business cost for paper, printers, copiers, ink and toner cartridges;
  • Cut the cost of packaging and postage stamps;
  • Provide an electronic record of your submission; and
  • Decrease paper record storage.

If necessary, you can file a paper declaration using PPQ Form 505. Follow these steps to complete the fillable form:

  1. Go to this website: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/library/forms/pdf/ppq505.pdf
  2. In the Internet browser, fill out the form. Do not download the form to your computer first.
  3. From the browser, select Print to PDF.
  4. The file should save as the completed PDF that can be opened in Adobe.

Similar to the process for those filing a declaration in LAWGS, if you are filing customs information in ACE and are prompted to file a Lacey Act declaration, you must select the disclaim option (Disclaim D) in the APHIS Lacey Act Message Set to indicate you will file through another method and retrieve the entry number.

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