This barrier is unrelated to the end of the transition period, following the United Kingdom's departure from the EU.

Public ID: PID-9J36RB

The Lacey Act: import declaration requirements for plant and wood exports from the UK to United States

in United States

Trade barrier summary

The Lacey Act is the oldest national wildlife protection statute in the United States and serves as an anti-trafficking law protecting a broad range of wildlife and wild plants.

In May 2008, the Lacey Act was amended to extend its scope to all plants, including timber or associated wood products to combat illegal logging. The amendment added a new requirement for an import declaration, which obliges importers of plants and plant products to list shipment information along with information such as plant scientific names and country of harvest to prove compliance with the Lacey Act requirements.

The requirement for an import declaration will increase costs for UK businesses and therefore could restrict exports, particularly as domestic products do not face similar requirements.

Sectors affected

  • Environment



Date reported

2 May 2019

Last updated

18 December 2020

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