Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
A user fee is a charge to identifiable recipients (
APHIS charges a user fee to recover the costs of providing the following goods and services:
• Agricultural quarantine and inspection (AQI) services
• Export certification of plants and plant products
• Veterinary services for imports and exports of live animals and products
• Veterinary diagnostic goods and services
For each of these user fee programs, the Web site provides a description of the services or goods for which a fee is charged, the statutory authority for APHIS to collect and retain the fees, the current rates, how APHIS determined the amount of the fees, any scheduled rate changes, and other information pertinent to that user fee program. In the near future, we plan to add information on the status of collections and expenditures in each user fee program.
The Web site also answers general questions about APHIS' user fees, including:
• Why does APHIS charge user fees for some activities and not others?
• What happens to the money that APHIS collects through user fees?
• How does APHIS determine the amount of its fees?
• How reliable are the projections upon which the fees are based?
• What happens when variable factors fluctuate?
• How often will user fees be adjusted?
• How often are the fees reviewed?
• What is the process for changing the fees?
APHIS developed the user fee Web site to enhance transparency and predictability regarding its user fee programs. The Web site will include a way in the near future for the public to submit comments or questions to APHIS on either the Web page itself (