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Fees for Export Grain Shipments to Increase May 1

Monday, April 15, 2013
By Shawn McCausland
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration has issued a final rule that, effective May 1, will revise the local and national tonnage fees for all export grain shipments serviced by GIPSA field offices.

Under the U.S. Grain Standards Act, grain exported from the U.S. must be officially inspected and weighed. These services are provided by GIPSA at 40 export facilities and by delegated states at 11 facilities, as well as seven facilities for U.S. grain transshipped through Canadian ports. Fees assessed for these services include local fees, which are based on the projected average tonnage of export grain inspected and/or weighed at each export facility, and an identical national fee assessed to each field office to cover every ton of export grain inspected and/or weighed.

This final rule makes the following changes.

- increases local tonnage fees from $0.115 to $0.125 per metric ton for League City, Texas; from $0.015 to $0.033 per metric ton for New Orleans; from $0.084 to $0.124 per metric ton for Portland, Ore.; and from $0.132 to $0.233 per metric ton for Toledo, Ohio

- increases the national tonnage fee from $0.052 to $0.055 per metric ton for fiscal year 2013 and approximately 2% for FYs 2014 to 2017 and specifies that this fee will be charged on export grain inspected and/or weighed (excluding land carrier shipments to Canada and Mexico) from delegated states and designated agencies

- changes the separate unit fees for official inspection and weighing services performed in Canada to that of the prevailing U.S. non-contract rate plus the prevailing Toledo field office tonnage fee plus the actual cost of travel

- creates separate fees for applicants that provide test kits for aflatoxin and all other mycotoxin testing

- changes fees for foreign travel from $510 per day to the same established hourly fee for special projects and the actual costs of travel, per diem and related expenditures

- increases all remaining fees (except those for supervision of domestic official inspection and weighing services, including land carrier shipments to Canada and Mexico, performed by delegated states and/or designated agencies) approximately 5% for the remainder of FY 2013 and approximately 2% in FYs 2014 to 2017

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