The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is holding an informational webinar on Wednesday, July 9, at 3 p.m. to explain how and why it plans on doubling agricultural quarantine inspection (AQI) fees at U.S. ports of entry.
APHIS recently extended the comment period on the proposed rule through July 24, 2014, and this briefing provides an additional opportunity for interested stakeholder to learn more about the rule and to ask questions, says the agency.
CTA and OTA have been vocally opposed to the increases. A legal opinion prepared for the Alliance by Gowlings even finds the fees to be inconsistent with NAFTA. Please consider the USDA’s invitation to hear about its proposal during this webinar and relate any issues or concerns.
To participate in the briefing, please register in advance by clicking here ( Registration Link) and providing your name, organization and email address. Once you submit your information, you will promptly receive an email with the call-in number and a unique conference code to enter the call as well as a link to join the Webinar. In the event you experience technical difficulties, you will still be able to hear the audio portion of the call even if you’re unable to connect to the Webinar.
To avoid any problems connecting to the call, please do not share your unique code.