Inspection and Analytical Services Fees

Notice of Change in Fees and Charges for the U.S. Department of Commerce Seafood Inspection Program--Effective January 1, 2018

Beginning January 1, 2018, the basic hourly fee for full-time, contracted, non-HACCP, inspection services provided by the USDC Seafood Inspection Program (Program) will be $130.00 (which includes a corresponding increase of the overtime and holiday fees). This is an increase of  approximately 8.3%. The fees for certificates will also increase to $90. These increases are a result from general cost increases for 2017. The fees for non-contract work will increase to $195 per hour (which includes a corresponding increase of the overtime and holiday fees). This is the first increase for non-contract fees since January 2015.

This Program is not subsidized by appropriated funding and therefore relies entirely on fee-for-service income to fund its operating costs. The rate-setting methodology for 2018 for consultative services was the same as 2017. The rate for HACCP- QMP contracts did not increase. Fees will be charged to non-contract customers requesting services.

FEES AND CHARGES FOR USDC SEAFOOD INSPECTION PROGRAM

Effective January 1, 2018, per hour fees and charges for fishery products inspection services will be as follows:

Contract Rates

Regular time: Services provided during any 8-hour shift.

Overtime: Services provided outside the inspector's normal work schedule.

In addition to any hourly service charge, a night differential fee equal to 10 percent of the employee's hourly salary will be charged for each hour of service provided after 6:00 p.m. and before 6:00 a.m. A guarantee of payment is required for all contracts equal to three months of service or $10,000, whichever is greater.

Non-Contract Rates

Regular time: Services provided within the inspector's normal work schedule, Monday through Friday. Overtime: Services provided outside the inspector's normal work schedule.

Contact Rates (non-HACCP)   All Non-Contract Work Rates  
REGULAR TIME $130.00 REGULAR TIME $195.00
OVERTIME $195.00 OVERTIME $293.00
SUNDAY & HOLIDAYS $260.00 SUNDAY & HOLIDAYS $390.00
HACCP/QMP Contracts      
HACCP REGULAR $280.00    
HACCP OVERTIME $420.00    
HACCP SUNDAY & HOLIDAYS $560.00    

 

Certificates

Certificate requests that do not require product inspections such as EU Health certificates, IUU Catch certificates, some health certificates to Canada and all requests from HACCP-QMP contracted establishments will be set a flat rate of $90 per request.  All certificates that require product inspection will be billed at the appropriate hourly rate as a part of the inspection.

Last updated by Office of International Affairs & Seafood Inspection on July 23, 2018