Lacey Act Fact Sheet

In all types of forests and across all continents, timber is being harvested, transported, processed and traded in violation of national laws, with adverse effects on local communities, wildlife, global climate, ecosystem services, source country governance and the forest products market. As the world’s largest consumer of industrial timber and pulp for paper, as well as one of the top importers of wood from countries considered high risk for illegal logging, the US is in a key position to drive responsible forestry and trade worldwide. The Lacey Act is the primary US policy instrument to prevent the trade of illegal wood and paper products in the US market, helping to alleviate the negative impacts and level the playing field for responsible businesses.