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In October 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) published new APHIS Agriculture Quarantine Inspection (AQI) user fee schedule for treatments made by pest management professionals to imported commodities. The fee for AQI treatment services will be phased in over 5 years:
While the new fee schedule is not ideal it is an improvement from the proposed $375 treatment fee in the proposed rule. NPMA has been leading a coalition that communicates with APHIS regularly. During meetings with APHIS officials NPMA has: 1.) sought clarity on the justification for the user fee and requested annual justification for the increase based on data provided by APHIS, 2.) volunteered to assist APHIS in providing information to fumigators to ensure proper and accurate collections of the fees and 3.) defended arguments by non-NPMA members that the fees should be charged based on hours rather than the current "enclosure."
For additional information and a complete schedule of fees can be found here.
Click here for a “frequently asked questions” document created by APHIS in conjunction with NPMA.