APHIS Would Raise Some AQI Fees More Than 300%
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing fee increases related to its agricultural quarantine and inspection (AQI) program to pay for “the level of effort it takes to inspect the average ship and its cargo and reflects the expanded capacity of modern container ships.” The fee for inspection of commercial vessels of 100 net tons or more would go up from the current rate of $825 fee to $3,219.29 by Jan. 1, 2024. By 2027, the schedule puts the fee at $3,557.18. APHIS says in the notice, “the user fee would still represent a fraction of the value of goods being imported by vessel generally (0.02 percent).” Comments are due by October 10, 2023.
Source: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
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