ATA: No way to meet Thursday deadline for higher agriculture fees

09/30/2009 | Bloomberg · Aviation Daily

The airline industry can't meet an Oct. 1 deadline for implementing a 10% inspection fee increase on arriving international passengers, the Air Transport Association has told Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The USDA announced the increase on Monday, saying it was an emergency measure needed to fund inspections of agricultural products arriving on overseas flights. The department "will talk to industry about their concerns and determine if a short delay is warranted and feasible," a spokeswoman said Tuesday in response to the ATA letter, in which CEO James May said the industry was "deeply troubled by the department's claim that emergency action is warranted."

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