Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection (AQI) user fees

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Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection (AQI) user fees

In March 2003, certain AQI functions were transferred from the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security.  Whilst APHIS agricultural inspectors were transferred to CBP, APHIS continues to set policy and conditions required for travelers’ entry and commodity and product importation and to collect the user fees to pay for APHIS and CBP activities related to AQI functions. Subject to inspection are commercial vessels of 100 net tons or more arriving at ports of entry in the customs territory of the United States. The applicable APHIS user fee is USD 496.00. This will increase to USD 825 as of 28 December 2015.  Vessel owners / operators pay a user fee for the first 15 arrivals at ports within a calendar year (1 January to 31 December) i.e. max USD 7,440.00. Important: As from 28 December 2015 the fee cap will be removed. The following categories of commercial vessels are exempt from paying an AQI user fee: Foreign passenger vessels making at least three trips a week from a port in the United States to the high seas (including ‘‘cruises to nowhere’’) and returning to the same port in the United States, not having touched any foreign port or place other than in Canada, or taken on any stores other than in Canada;   ...

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