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USDA/APHIS RIN: 0579-AD44 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Lacey Act Implementation Plan: De Minimis Exception 

The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 amended the Lacey Act to provide, among other things, that importers submit a declaration at the time of importation for certain plants and plant products. The declaration requirement of the Lacey Act became effective on December 15, 2008, and enforcement of that requirement is being phased in. We are amending the regulations to establish an exception to the declaration requirement for products containing a minimal amount of plant materials. This action would relieve the burden on importers while continuing to ensure that the declaration requirement fulfills the purposes of the Lacey Act.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 357   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 3371 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  06/30/2011  76 FR 38330   
ANPRM Comment Period End  08/29/2011 
NPRM  07/09/2018  83 FR 31697   
NPRM Comment Period End  09/07/2018 
Final Rule  01/00/2020 
Additional Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Related RINs: Related to 0579-AE36 
Agency Contact:
Dorothy Wayson
National Program Coordinator, Lacey Act Program, Compliance and Environmental Coordination, PPQ
Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
4700 River Road, Unit 150,
Riverdale, MD 20737
Phone:301 851-2036