The Lacey Act is a US federal conservation law. It initially was enacted in 1900 to protect wild life. It was amended in 2008 to include plants and plant products, including wood (bamboo). In the plywood industry, the Lacey Act deals with illegal logging. It prohibits the import, sale or trade of illegally harvested wood and other forest products in the United States.
Lacey states that all wood products imported into the United States must include an import declaration. Whether a product must be accompanied by a declaration is determined by three questions:
1. Does it contain plant material? Bamboo is considered plant material, so the answer is yes.
2. Is it a formal entry? If it is being imported into the United States, as opposed to hand-carried, the answer is yes.
3. Is the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) code on the Schedule of Enforcement of the Plant and Plant Product Declaration? For bamboo panels, the potential HTS code products could include wood in the rough; wood sawn or chipped lengthwise; sheets for veneering; and plywood or veneered panels. If any of these products are included, the answer is yes.