Lacey Act Implementation Plan: De Minimis Exception and Composite Articles

USDA/APHIS RIN: 0579-AD44 Publication ID: Update 2017
Title: Lacey Act Implementation Plan: De Minimis Exception and Composite Articles

The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 amended the Lacey Act to provide, among other things, that importers submit a declaration at the time of importation for certain plants and plant products. The declaration requirements of the Lacey Act became effective on December 15, 2008, and enforcement of those requirements is being phased in. We are proposing an exception to the declaration requirements for products containing composite plant materials. We are also proposing to establish an exception to the declaration requirement for products containing a minimal amount of plant materials. Both of these actions would relieve the burden on importers while continuing to ensure that the declaration requirement fulfills the purposes of the Lacey Act.


Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA) Priority: Other Significant
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking:Proposed Rule Stage
Major: No Unfunded Mandates: No
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 357
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 3371 et seq.
Legal Deadline:  None

Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM 06/30/2011 76 FR 38330
ANPRM Comment Period End 08/29/2011
NPRM 08/00/2017
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Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No Government Levels Affected: None
Federalism: No
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No
Agency Contact:
Parul Patel
Senior Agriculturalist, Permitting and Compliance Coordination, PPQ
Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
4700 River Road, Unit 60,
Riverdale, MD 20737-1231
Phone:301 851-2351