Table of Contents 


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The book and CD come as a set.

   *Dealing with the First Moment of Panic 
   *So What’s the Big Deal About the Lacey Act? 
   *So What is The “Real World” Bottom Line for Lacey? 
   *Note to Foreign Suppliers 
   *What the Guide Cannot Do for You 
   *And If You Do Need More Help
The Guide to the Guide
   *Detailing the Contents
   *Mandatory Disclaimer
   *Assumptions for Your Use of This Guide
Section One: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) …and answers!

The kit includes an editable FAQ file with suggestions for adaption for different applications and audiences.

   *Be Personable With Your FAQ’s
   *Your Ready-to-Adapt FAQ’s
    (also available on the CD for you to edit for your own use)
Section Two: The Specifics of the Lacey Act Language

A detailed explanation of the actual law

   *The Prohibited Acts Language
   *The Language of Entry
   *Penalties for Violating the Act
   *Enforcement of the Act
   *Federal “Due Care” Guidelines
   *A Final Note from the Congressman Himself
Section Three:  Organizing Your Species Data

Sample databases included on the CD!

   *First We Get Organized
   *More Survival Tricks
   *Ok, So I Made the Database, How Do I Fill It In?
(sample database available on the CD)
   *Double-checking Your Supplier’s Information
Section Four:  Making a Lacey Entry (Revised Spring 2010)

Instructions for Lacey Act Compliance with the entry declaration

   *Entry Format for Single Species Content
   *Entry Format for Mixed Species Content
   *Entry Format for a Single Product with Mixed Species Content
   *Entry for Inlays
   *Entry for "Special" Categories
   *One Entry Form per HTSUS
   *What Does Not Require a Lacey Declaration?
   *Check Your Spelling (and a few other Basic Entry Suggestions)!
   *A Final Note on the Data
   *The Current Submission Form
(available on the CD)
   *Bonus for Those Paying Attention: Errors in the Example Provided by APHIS
"Thanks to the information in your book, I am accurately and correctly completing the required Lacey forms. The declaration requirement for musical instruments is new and I was contacted by both UPS and FEDEX regarding those initial shipments.  I was pleased to discover that, thanks to the materials you provided, I was actually helping their representatives to better understand the Act and the forms and the materials required!  Couldn't have done that without your help! Thanks for a smooth transition to what could have been a very overwhelming new responsibility." 
                  Chris Kamen, Classic Guitars International
Section Five:  Organizing your Legality Data

Organizing your Legality Information for Lacey Act Compliance.

   *So What Information Should You Collect?
   *The Three Most Important Factors in Maintaining Legality Data
   *The Four Suggested Forms of Tracking Incoming Legality information
   *A Look at a Real-World Database: a Case Study
   *Organizing the Information Sent to You
(sample database available on the CD)
   *Keeping your Legality Data Current and Valid
   *A Final Thought About Legality Documentation
Section Six:  A General Look at Legality Data

Compliance Evidence--A review of document types and a case study.

   *What is Evidence of Compliance?
   *No Federal Standard
   *Fact-based Not Document-based
   *Red Flags
   *Samples of Legality Documents
Section Seven: Working with your Suppliers

Doing your Due Diligence for Lacey Act Compliance

   *Audit Your Suppliers—the Due Diligence Questionnaire
(also available on the CD)
   *Network Your Suppliers with Alternative Suppliers that You Have Prequalified
   *(If Necessary) Take Responsibility for Supplying the Mill Yourself
   *Put Appropriate Text in Your Purchase Orders  
(PO text in seven major trading languages also available on the CD)
   *Require a “Supplier Lacey Declaration” for Every Shipment  
(Samples also available on the CD)
Section Eight:  Online Resources 
(8 pages of links, also available on the CD)
Section Nine:  The Addendum 
(a large collection of useful documents and resources, many also available on the companion CD)
About the Authors & Acknowledgements

Mandatory Disclaimer: 

This guide is intended to provide guidelines and advice for importers (and foreign exporters) to assist in the entry and sale of logs, lumber, veneer, and other processed wood goods within the United States. Although much of this information should be suitable for the paper industry as well, it is not designed specifically for that product category.

The information provided here is accurate to the best of our knowledge as of the date of printing and is provided in good faith to assist you in navigating through the complexities of the Lacey Act. However it is important to remain up to date on current regulations and requirements. This should not be considered a substitute for professional legal advice. Consult your legal representative, your customs specialists and your trade associations for additional information or clarifications. Use of this guide does not imply or specifically provide any protection against prosecution, nor do the authors assume any liability for the results of your actions in following the advice provided here. 

Finally, self certification by a company regarding the legality of its wood purchases is no guarantee against Federal prosecution under the Lacey Act. It will however, help reduce a company’s likelihood of becoming the target of malicious prosecution and will provide a significant adjunct to any required defense.


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