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Amendment to the U.S. Lacey Act: Implications for Exporters of Malaysian Forest Products

By R. Juge Gregg And Amelia Porges
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A new law gives the U.S. government the power to fine, and even jail, individuals and companies who traffic in illegally harvested wood products. The U.S. government can even use this law, called the Lacey Act, to impose significant penalties on individuals and companies who do not realize that their wood is tainted. This new law, and the new import declaration it requires, will affect manufacturers and exporters who ship a
variety of products made from wood to the United States, including paper, furniture, lumber, flooring,
plywood or even picture frames.