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NAMM to Offer Free Webinar on Revised Lacey Act
On March 15 at 9 a.m. PDT, NAMM will host a free web cast to help members better understand and comply with the upcoming April 1, 2010 deadline of the revised Lacey Act.
Moderated by Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations, Mary Luehrsen, the webinar will talk about regulation rules, compliance and enforcement concerns. The Lacey Act combats trafficking in “illegal” wildlife, fish, and plants and plant products.
The revised Lacey Act now, among other things, makes it unlawful to import certain plants and plant products without an import Declaration Form, available here as a pdf.
As of April 1, all shipments of stringed instruments, including pianos, guitars, etc., will have to be accompanied a listing of the scientific name (genus and species) of all wood and plant material used in the imported product, as well as specification of the country of origin of the wood.
The declaration requirement provides that when the species of plant used to produce an imported plant product varies, and the exact species used to produce the plant product is unknown, the declaration should contain the name of each species of plant that may have been used to produce the plant product. In addition, when the species of plant used to produce an imported plant product is commonly taken from more than one country, and the exact country from which the plant was taken and used to produce the product is unknown, the declaration shall contain the name of each country from which the plant may have been taken.
For more information on how to join the online meeting (also available on iPhones), go to the NAMM site. There you can learn more about the Lacey Act and how NAMM is working to help industry professionals deal with it.