USDA Seeks Comments on Lacey Act Implementation Plan: De Minimus Exception
On July 9, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published a proposed rule establishing an exception to the declaration requirement of the Lacey Act. The requirement prohibits the importation of certain plants and plant products without an import declaration. The proposed rule would establish a narrow exception to the declaration requirement for those products that contain minimal plant material, and thus relieve the burden on importers. The rule is not expected to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small businesses; however APHIS is accepting public comments on the proposed rule’s impact on small importers. Comments are due by September 7, 2018.