OTTAWA, Ont. — The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is celebrating another victory having helped convince the US Department of Agriculture to scrap its proposed Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) fee increase.
The USDA has withdrawn an interim rule that would have seen USDA APHIS fees skyrocket by over 14% as of Nov. 1.
The CTA led the charge in opposing the fee increase, and on Sept. 30 deemed the proposed hike “ludicrous” in light of current economic challenges. CTA chief David Bradley said the reversal by USDA was “the right thing to do” but said “it never should have got to this stage.”
CTA also said it will continue to oppose the application of the APHIS fee on all shipments.
“It is patently unfair and inappropriate that all trucks, regardless of whether their cargo is auto parts or agricultural products should have to pay APHIS fees in the first place,” Bradley contended.
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