Background

The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced the rates it will charge importers and exporters, meat and poultry establishments, and egg products plants in 2022 for providing voluntary, overtime, and holiday inspection and identification, certification, and laboratory services. These rates will be applied beginning Jan. 2 and are as follows (per hour/per employee).

- basetime: $67.00 (up from $66.56)

- overtime: $82.60 (up from $81.72)

- holiday: $98.20 (up from $96.88)

- laboratory: $85.72 (up from $84.64)

FSIS notes that there will be no change to the fee it assesses to exporters that choose to apply for export certificates electronically through the export component of the Public Health Information System, which remains $4.01 per application.

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