U.S. import inspection fees will increase slightly every year from 2014 to 2018 under a proposal to change overtime and weekend rates charged by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the first time in nearly ten years.
According to the USDA’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service proposal, increased rates from 2014 to 2018 would reflect anticipated cost increases associated with those services.
“Establishing the overtime rate changes in advance would allow users of APHIS’ services to incorporate the rates into their budget planning,” the proposal said.
The proposal clarifies regulations on agricultural inspections performed by the Department of Homeland Security. Those may be billed in accordance with DHS overtime regulations for services performed outside of regular business hours, Rates charged by the DHS may differ than rates charge by APHIS, according to the proposal said.
The USDA will consider all comments received by June 24, according the proposal.
In addition to the changes in overtime rates, the USDA wamts to raise user fees for inspections of commercial aircraft from $70.75 to $225, commercial maritime cargo vessels from $496 to $825, commercial trucks with a transponder (a sticker that contains an electronic chip that transmits information about the vehicle’s user fee payment status) from $105 to $320 a year, and commercial trucks without a transponder from $5.25 to $8 per crossing.