The Lacey Act & Kährs
We wanted to address the many inquiries we have received about the Lacey Act and Kährs’ efforts to comply with that Act. The Lacey Act was passed by Congress as a tool to protect forests, people and wildlife worldwide. Companies in the US lose an estimated $1 billion each year due to illegal logging. In Indonesia alone 70% of the logging is estimated to be illegal according to GreenPeace. We feel that the Lacey Act is a positive step towards achieving global sustainability of our natural resources.
We are pleased to let you know that Kährs’ is fully compliant with all the requirements of the Lacey Act. When implemented, the Lacey Act requires that importers electronically file declarations that certify that their imported products comply with the Lacey Act. Although mandatory declaration filings for Phase III have been delayed by the USDA until October 1, 2009, with full implementation by March 31, 2010, Kährs commenced making electronic declarations prior to the start of Phase II implementation of the Lacey Act, which was April 1, 2009. In addition, Kährs is participating in the “Blanket Declaration Pilot Program” which is the expedited border release program.
Kährs spent a substantial amount of time preparing and obtaining the documentation for the Lacey Act and as a result the implementation of Kährs’ declaration filings has been a relatively easy process. As you are all aware, forest sustainability practices and policies have been in place for many years at Kahrs and these ideals are entrenched in our Swedish culture.
More information may be found at the USDA's Animal and Plant Inspection Services and US Customs and Border Pretections Services sites listed below:
USDA-APHIS: The Lacey Act
USDA: Lacey Act Declaration Primer