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CBP Looking for Stakeholder Participation in Lacey Act Working Group

Posted October 20, 2014

Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) invited stakeholders including importers, customs brokers and software developers to participate in a new Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Lacey Act Working Group that will address the technical requirements associated with changes in the upcoming Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) transition.

The Lacey Act requires importers to file with CBP specific documents and information pertaining to the harvest and processing of a wide range of wooden products to assure compliance with U.S. regulations and international agreements concerning the sustainability of plant resources globally.

According to the CBP, the transition to ACE “will result in changes to the way Lacey Act, CBP, and the members of the trade who import these items, do business.” Among other things, ACE will require Lacey Act-specific data to be submitted electronically via the partner government agency (PGA) message set. The Working Group will be reviewing the proposed PGA message set guidance and any impacts the ACE transition will have on the business process for Lacey Act related importations.

Those interested in participating in the Working Group should contact Frank Korpusik, Sandra Scott or Debbie Benish no later than Friday, October 24.