USDA Continues Suspension of Supervision Fee Assessment under the United States Grain Standards Act

May 24, 2018

The Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has determined that the suspension of the assessment of fees for supervision of official inspection and weighing services performed by delegated States and/or designated agencies under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA) will continue through June 30, 2019.

The Agriculture Reauthorizations Act of 2015, amended the USGSA to require AMS to adjust fees for the supervision of official grain inspection and weighing in order to maintain an operating reserve of not less than three and not more than six months. The supervision of official inspection and weighing program-operating reserve at the end of fiscal year 2017 was $6,950,142, which continues to exceed six months.

AMS will continue the suspension of the assessment fee of $0.011 per metric ton on domestic shipments officially inspected and/or weighed, including land carrier shipments to Canada and Mexico, performed by delegated States and/or designated agencies on or after July 1, 2018. These fees will remain suspended for one year, at which time AMS will reassess the operating reserve for supervision of official agency inspection and weighing.

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