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Why do Customs Brokers charge a Lacey Fee?

The Lacey Act went into effect in 2009 and pertains to “any wild member of the plant kingdom” (includes roots, seeds, trees, lumber and wood products). A formal declaration is required to protect against illegal harvesting and for data tracking purposes. A fee is levied that pertains to the services rendered in completion and attestation of the declaration which requires validation of the correct scientific planet name ( http://plants.usda.gov ). Any violations can result in forfeiture, civil, and criminal penalties.

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NOTE: All details pertaining to CARM R2 processes are based on the current information available at the time of writing. As this is subject to change, it’s recommended you periodically check in with the CBSA or your customs broker.