The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced import fee increases in order to recoup the cost of fee inspections conducted at U.S. ports of entry. APHIS, which is part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), proposed the rule on April 25, 2014. The proposal provides a 60-day comment period that will take into consideration all submitted comments.
According agency’s Stakeholder announcement, other than minor adjustments for inflation, this is the first major adjustment to AQI import fees in nearly 10 years. The proposal also ensures that no one party pays more than the costs of the services they incur. The comment period closes on June 24, 2014.
APHIS has produced a Question and Answer Factsheet providing general information on the program and also outlining the proposed import fee increases.
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