New Lacey Act Requirements for Some Wood-Based Imports

February 23, 2015
By Michelle Kelley

Wooden logs

Certain wood-based import products will soon need to meet Lacey Act import declaration requirements, according to a recent Federal Register notice by the U.S. Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

Under the Lacey Act, which bans trafficking of illegally taken wildlife and plants, certain plants and plant products may not be imported without an import declaration. This declaration must include details such as:

  • the scientific name (genus and species) of the plant
  • value of the importation
  • plant quantity
  • name of the country from which the plant was harvested

APHIS began enforcing the Lacey Act import declaration requirement for certain tariff lines in 2009. The tariff numbers listed below are the most recent products to be subject to this requirement, which APHIS will begin enforcing on August 8, 2015.

U.S. importers of products with the following tariff numbers will need to complete PPQ Form 505: Plant and Plant Product Declaration Form and share it with their broker well before enforcement begins. Failure to do so may result in clearance delays and Customs penalties.

Products Affected

Ch. 44 Headings (Wood & Articles of Wood)
4416.00.3010—new casks, barrels, and parts of wood
4416.00.3020—used assembled casks of wood
4416.00.3030—used unassembled casks of wood
4416.00.6010—new barrel staves of wood
4416.00.6020—new barrel hoops of softwood
4416.00.6030—new tight barrelheads of wood
4416.00.6040—used barrels staves of softwood
4416.00.6050—used hoops, tight barrelheads of softwood
4416.00.9020—new other casks, barrels, wood
4416.00.9040—used other cooper goods, wood

Ch. 82 Headings (Tools, Implements, Cutlery, Spoons and Forks, of Base Metal; Parts Thereof of Base Metal)
8211.92.6000—hunting knives with wood handles
8215.99.2400—table barbeque forks with wood handles

Ch. 94 Headings (Furniture, etc.)
9401.61.2010—upholstered teak chair, household
9401.61.2030—upholstered teak chairs, other
9401.90.1500—parts of bent-wood seats
9403.30.4000—bent-wood office furniture
9403.40.4000—bent-wood kitchen furniture
9403.50.4000—bent-wood bedroom furniture
9403.60.4000—other bent-wood furniture

Ch. 96 Headings (Miscellaneous Manufactured Articles)
9614.00.2100—rough wood blocks for smoking pipe manufacture


Helpful Links

Federal Register Notice – Implementation of Revised Lacey Act Provisions (2/6/15)

List of affected products

Plant & Plant Product Declaration Form

Lookup plant genus and species

Lacey Act Glossary of Terms

Lacey Act FAQ