APHIS border fees going up

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will increase certain fees under the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

User fees for import and export of animals, animal products, birds, germ plasm, organisms and vectors will be going up, covering fiscal years 2009 through 2013.

In a notice, APHIS says the new fees reflect the increased cost of processing import permit applications; inspection of live animals at ports of entry; quarantining; inspecting and approving import and export facilities and other related services.

Questions concerning user fee rates can be directed to Mrs. Kris Caraher, Financial Management Division, MRPBS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 55, Riverdale, MD 20737–1232, (301) 734–0882.

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