Corporate Policy Statement - The Lacey Act
The Lacey Act is a US law first passed in 1900 that banned trafficking in illegal wildlife. The Act was amended in 2008 to cover plants and plant products including paper and timber.
The 2008 amendment makes it a federal crime to trade in any wood products taken in violation of US or foreign law, to falsify documents, accounts, or records of any wood products covered by the Act, and to import wood products without an import declaration.
Patriot Timber Products, Inc. is in full compliance with the provisions of the Lacey Act. Patriot Timber requires our suppliers to provide compliance forms covering all the wood products that we purchase. Patriot Timber receives certificates and/or statements from our suppliers showing that they are in compliance with the requirements of the Lacey Act. We only source from those suppliers who can prove compliance.
It is the responsibility of Patriot Timber Products to take "due care" to ensure that all of the wood products we import and sell are obtained legally and from sustainable sources. Patriot Timber is responsible for verifying Lacey Act compliance for all of the wood products that it purchases and sells.
More information about the Lacey Act can be found at the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Inspection Services website: www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/lacey_act.