New fees at Border Inspection Posts have been introduced by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

Fees for checking live fish consignments are going down to £32 but out of hours charges are going up to £140, plus travel costs if a vet needs to be called.

While it is good news to see a slight reduction in the daytime fee, the out-of-hours charges have gone up considerably and we argued that these agencies should be try to reflect current business practices.

Additional fees for certain inspections and checks

Period when inspection and check conducted Fee (£)
Out of hours(1) inspection and check140 per load(2)
Inspection and check during a weekend or a public holiday (2)185 per load(2)
Time spent by a veterinary officer travelling to and from premises16 per quarter hour or part quarter hour spent, up to a maximum of 64

(1) “out of hours” means before 8.30 a.m. or after 5 p.m. on a weekday.

(2) “load” means one or more consignments of animals from the same country of origin that have arrived on the same means of transport and which are presented by a person responsible for their importation for checking at the border inspection post at the same time.

(3) “public holiday” means Christmas Day, Good Friday or a bank holiday in England under the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971.

Find out more about the changing fee structure here.