Border Crossing Fees Instituted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Shipping any product across international borders can easily turn into an expensive situation. Crossing fees that must be paid by commercial trucks are already a hassle, and some recent news reports indicate that the matter may get even worse soon.

 

This article published by TruckingInfo.com discusses a backlash from an industry group representing Canadian truckers over increased border crossing fees instituted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA administers the Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and its fees for inspecting cargo will be raised in the coming months.

 

In response, the Canadian Trucking Alliance has filed comments with the USDA that strongly object to the planned fee hikes. Although the organization respects the USDA’s right to inspect agricultural cargo and other items which pose a threat of pest infestation or other public health risks, fees should not be raised for inspection of car parts and other items which do not pose the same issues.

 

Not only are the fees potentially harmful for business, many are arguing that they are illegal under international economic treaties signed by the two countries. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) forbids countries from implementing customs user fees, which some argue that this decision would constitute.

 

The funds collected by APHIS are meant to fund the agency’s Agricultural Quarantine inspection program, and should only be applied to those who need the service. However, the program has said that the current level of fee revenue collected from those crossing the border has not generated the funds necessary to keep APHIS operational.

 

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