Lacey Act

Galleher has a firm policy of sourcing legal wood in compliance with the US Lacey Act and is an industry leader in managing and mitigating the risk that wood may be illegal.

What is illegal wood?

Why is illegal logging a problem?

What is the Lacey Act?

The Lacey Act is a United States law passed in 1900 that bans trafficking in illegal wildlife. In 2008, the Act was amended to include plants, including trees, and plant products such as wood and paper. This was the world’s first ban on trade in illegally sourced wood products, but it has been followed by similar legislation in the European Union, Japan and Australia.

There are two major components to the Lacey amendments: a ban on trading plants or plant products harvested in violation of the law; and a requirement to declare the scientific name, value, quantity, and country of harvest origin for some products.

Penalties for violating the Lacey Act vary in severity based on the violator’s level of knowledge about the product: penalties are higher for those who knew they were trading in illegally harvested materials. For those who did not know, penalties vary based on whether the individual or company in question did everything possible to determine that the product was legal. In the U.S. system, this is called “due care.”

Source: Forest Legality Alliance