On October 23rd, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published a final rule in the Federal Register to recoup the costs of conducting agricultural quarantine inspections (AQI) at U.S. ports of entry. Effective Friday, December 28th, 2018, the USDA Inspections Charge will increase in accordance with this pre-determined fee schedule.

Seaboard Marine wishes to advise its customers of a change to the Government Inspection Fumigation Fees and Cold Treatment Service Charges due to the scheduled increase in the USDA charges.

Government Inspection Fumigation Fees
Effective December 28, 2018, all container loads where United States Customs, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) or any other government agency requires fumigation at PortMiami, FL, the following charges will apply:

  1. When the container that requires fumigation does not require the cargo to be manipulated (cargo remains in existing container without rehandling) the charge will be $744.50 per container.
  2.  When the container requiring fumigation is transferred from one container to another container (swap equipment) for fumigation and thereafter does not require the cargo to be restuffed into the original container the charge will be $744.50.
  3.  When only a portion of the cargo requires fumigation and it must be segregated from the original container and loaded into another container for fumigation the charge will be $994.50.
  4.  When the container requires the cargo to be placed into two containers for fumigation the charge will be $1,344.50.

The above charges are inclusive of drayage to the designated fumigation facility, fumigation service, return drayage from the designated fumigation facility to Carriers’ terminal and, if applicable, reloading the original container.

Cold Treatment Service Charge
The Cold Treatment Service Charge effective December 28, 2018, will be $190.00 per container.

For more information on this government imposed fee visit: United States Department of Agriculture’s AQI Users Fee The increase will apply to tariff and service contract rates.

As always, we thank you for your continued support.