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Animal and Plant User Fee Information Collections Under Review

Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is seeking comments no later than July 6 on the proposed extension of an information collection associated with the collection of user fees. APHIS collects user fees for agricultural quarantine and inspection services, for providing for the inspection and certification of plants and plant products offered for export or transiting the United States, and for providing veterinary diagnostic services and services related to the importation and exportation of animals and animal products.

Requests for services are in writing, by telephone or in person, and the information contained in each request identifies the specific service requested and the time in which the requester wishes the service to be performed. This information is necessary for animal import centers and port offices to schedule the work and calculate the fees due.

To ensure that fees collected are correct and remitted in full and in a timely manner, the party responsible for collecting and remitting fees must allow APHIS personnel to verify the accuracy of the fees collected and remitted and otherwise determine compliance with the statute and regulations. In addition, whoever is responsible for making fee payments must advise APHIS of the name, address and telephone number of a responsible officer who is authorized to verify fee calculations, collections and remittances.

APHIS has increased the estimated annual number of respondents from 51,981 to 151,409, and of responses from 295,881 to 6,965,268, because more people are participating in the animal and plant import and export business.

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