USDA Pushes Back Exemption Removal for Canada Inspections

Affected industries get more time to prepare for inspection fees for Canadian ag products.

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has decided to delay the removal of exemptions from user fees for inspections of Canadian-grown fruits and vegetables, commercial vessels, trucks, railroad cars and aircraft. The fees were originally supposed to go into effect Nov. 24. The delay gives affected industries more time to make preparations for the new inspection and collection procedures.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Bureau of Customs and Border Protection conducts all inspections on the U.S.-Canada border in order to prevent the introduction of pest species and diseases into the U.S. These inspections have resulted in numerous discoveries of prohibited items originating outside of Canada.

The new regulations aim to stem the risk of plant and animal pests and diseases entering the U.S. from Canada.

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