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 check||140 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 premises||16 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.