As APHIS continues to further streamline the declaration process, APHIS has developed a process for interested parties to request the creation of additional Species Groupings.
Requests for additional Species Groupings should be submitted to APHIS, after which they will enter the approval process and be reviewed for the commercial, economic and technical feasibility as well as other considerations. Once a determination has been made, the request will be designated APPROVED, NOT APPROVED, or NOT APPROVED DUE TO INSUFFICIENT INFORMATION. Upon approval the new species group will be added to the Lacey Act Guidance documentation and posted on the APHIS website. APHIS will also notify Trade of new Species Groupings through APHIS Stakeholder Registry Notices.
Species Groups are meant to facilitate the declaration of small groups of similar plant species which are: commonly used in trade, not easily distinguished one from another, and commonly traded together in individual shipments. A Species Group cannot be made to represent an entire plant Genus or Family. Use of a Species Group does not eliminate the importer’s need to know the species that are being imported nor does it remove the Lacey Act due care requirements; it merely serves to streamline the reporting of information for the declaration process.
In order to be considered for approval, a request must contain the following:
Please submit all requests for new Species Groups to Lacey.Act.Declaration@usda.gov with the Subject Line: "Request for Approval of New Species Grouping."