The Canadian Trucking Alliance has taken issue with a proposed fee increased by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for inspections of trucks crossing the border into the United States.
The group has said that the Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service is proposing “excessive fees.” It said transponder fees will increase 205 percent under the proposed rule, jumping from $105 to $320 per truck before the $100 fee imposed by Customs and Border Protection.
“According to APHIS, the fees are meant to fully fund the actual costs of running the Agricultural Quarantine Inspection program and be borne by those using the services,” the CTA said in a statement. “It claims current revenue from fees charged has been insufficient to cover all costs.”
The group also said it is unfair for carriers to shoulder the increase themselves because they don’t own the goods and are simply transporting them. CTA said that it seems to be easier to “go after” truck drivers than shippers.
“That is not a credible premise for imposing the APHIS fees on the trucking industry,” the CTA in submitted comments to the proposed rulemaking. “Commodities that present risk are the responsibility of the importer and the application of fees should be strategically allocated to importers based on the level of risk the goods present.”