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Timber Legality/Lacey Act

Many major wood importing nations, including the United States, have passed laws aimed at ensuring that wood products are obtained from legal sources. 

In 2008, the Lacey Act was amended to cover plant products (timber), making it unlawful to “import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase” any plant or plant products that are “taken, possessed, transported, or sold in violation of any foreign law. The new law includes a declaration requirement that went into effect on May 1, 2009.

IWPA works diligently with and on behalf of our members to ensure that the Lacey Act is administered in a manner that is responsive to the needs of wood products importers, distributors, manufacturers and retailers who are committed to legal sourcing.


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