Essential Oils, Musical Instruments Face New Import Rules

Law360 (March 31, 2020, 6:02 PM EDT) -- Manufacturers of certain musical instruments, essential oils and suitcases will be required to declare that the plants used for their products have not been illegally harvested starting in October, according to a Federal Register notice Tuesday.

In order to comport with a long-standing environmental law known as the Lacey Act, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said, in addition to identifying plants’ scientific names the declarations must include the plant’s value, the amount of the plant contained in the product and the country where the plant was harvested.

“For paper and paperboard products containing recycled content, the...

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