• The Lacey Act and the World of Illegal Plant Products
  • November 16, 2009 | Authors: Marcus A. Asner; Grace Pickering
  • Law Firm: Arnold & Porter LLP - New York Office
  • The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that it once again will delay enforcement of the new Lacey Act declaration requirements for paper and wood pulp imported into the United States. Although the announced delay in enforcement is a welcome reprieve for companies struggling to comply with the recently amended Lacey Act, businesses have plenty of reason for concern. Most of the 2008 amendments to the Lacey Act are already in effect. And while the kinks are still being worked out, the new legal and regulatory framework may well end up revolutionizing how companies throughout the world buy and use a wide variety of plant-based products, ranging all the way from common wood products such as paper, lumber, and furniture, to certain types of cosmetics, perfumes, and plantbased pharmaceuticals. www.arnoldporter.com