Efloors.com Lacey Act Policy
What is the Lacey Act?
The oldest wildlife protection statute in the U.S., the Lacey Act
was written to combat trafficking in illegal wildlife, fish and
plants. The Act was amended in May 2008 to prohibit all trade in
plant and plant products (e.g., furniture, paper or lumber) that are
illegally sourced from any U.S. state or any foreign country.
- It is unlawful to import, export, transport, sell, receive,
acquire or purchase (in interstate or foreign commerce) any plant
taken in violation of U.S. or foreign law that protects plants.
- It is unlawful to falsify documents, accounts or records of any
plant covered by the Act.
- It is unlawful to import certain plants and plant products
without an import declaration.
The first two provisions of the Amendment took effect May 2008. The
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service (APHIS) is working with a larger interagency
group composed of representatives from U.S. Forest Service, Customs
and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), U.S.
Department of Justice, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service (FWS), Council on Environmental Quality, and
Department of Commerce, to implement the new provisions.
Under the amended Lacey Act, beginning April 1, 2009, importers are
required to submit a declaration for certain plants and plant
products. The declaration shall contain, among other things, the
scientific name of the plant, value of the importation, quantity of
the plant, and name of the country from which the plant was
Go to the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant
Inspection Services web site for more information:
We at Efloors.com support compliance to the Lacey Act as well as all
applicable environmental laws and regulations. We have informed all
of our suppliers that we expect total compliance relative to
materials that we purchase from them.
The scope of our responsibility
It is the responsibility of Efloors.com to take “due care” to ensure
materials that we transport, sell, acquire or purchase are obtained
legally. Efloors.com will be responsible for verifying Lacey
compliance for the hardwood flooring and other products that we sell