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APHIS to Issue Non-Compliance Letters for Errors in Lacey Act Declarations

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United States APHIS to Issue Non-Compliance Letters for Errors in Lacey Act Declarations 2018-09-18

Effective October 1, 2018, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced that they will be issuing letters of non-compliance to importers and customs brokers for errors in Lacey Act declarations.
 
Importers who receive a letter of non-compliance will not need to take action on the entry and declaration subject to the notice, but will need to ensure that future entries/declaration are submitted correctly and accurately. Failure to take corrective actions may result in APHIS referring the importer for enforcement actions.
 
APHIS advised that the following errors are the most common: 
  • Misidentifying the species/genus of the imported wood or wood products
  • Listing unlikely country and plant species pairs
  • Submitting incomplete declarations
  • Not filing a declaration or not filing it timely
In most instances, the notices will be sent to the email address designated in the customs entry or on the declaration itself. Importers are encouraged to reach out to the APHIS specialist listed on the notice for guidance and assistance if needed.
 
A link to the full APHIS notice can be found here.
 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Milgram - C.H. Robinson for further information.

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