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Footwear And Apparel Still Exempt?

(Filed Under Fashion News). The United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Inspection (APHIS) failed to publish a Federal Register notice scheduled for January 22, 2009.

The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) reported that this notice would have exempted all apparel and footwear companies from the new import requirements under the Lacey Act.

The act, which was amended in summer 2008, now requires importers of all products that contain any plant matter to report detailed information on the genus, species and country of origin of the plant. This pertains to the apparel and footwear industries because several fabrics, including ramie for blouses and paperboard midsoles for footwear, contain plant matter.

According to the association, APHIS delayed publication of the notice due to "an Obama administration moratorium and review of most regulations published by the former Bush administration in the last 60 days." The projected date of the notices' publication is now unknown, but "most experts believe" that it will be "published in the next few weeks virtually unchanged."

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Published 01-29-2009 by Amanda Torres Price

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