by Eric Carlson, CPP - Chainalytics
It has come to our attention that APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) under the Department of Agriculture has amended the Lacey Act with new regulations with regard to the importation into the US “to a broader range of plants and plant products”. There is a phase-in schedule for those importing products to provide declaration documentation for various types of products that began in April 2009, but will go on to include paper based products. Below is a chart with the phase-in schedule. APHIS will continue to provide updates on their website and you can register for updates on their website.
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ - http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/lacey_act/
APHIS Docket No. APHIS-2008-119 http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/lacey_act/downloads/FederalRegister02-03-2009.pdf