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Scottish Statutory Instruments

2015 No. 392

Plant Health

The Plant Health (Import Inspection Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2015

Made

18th November 2015

Laid before the Scottish Parliament

20th November 2015

Coming into force

1st January 2016

The Scottish Ministers make the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by section 56(1) and (2) of the Finance Act 1973(1) and all other powers enabling them to do so.

Citation, commencement and extent

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Plant Health (Import Inspection Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2015 and come into force on 1st January 2016.

(2) These Regulations extend to Scotland only.

Amendment of the Plant Health (Import Inspection Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2014

2.  In the Plant Health (Import Inspection Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2014(2)—

(a)for Schedule 2 (import inspection fees for applicable checks (reduced rates)), substitute—

Regulations 3 and 4(2)

SCHEDULE 2IMPORT INSPECTION FEES FOR APPLICABLE CHECKS (REDUCED RATES)

Fees(*)
ItemPlants/plant ProductsQuantityCountry of OriginNormal working hoursOutside normal working hours
(*) Fee includes a documentary check and an identity check.
Cut FlowersDianthusup to 20,000 in numberColumbia£24.60£31.10
Ecuador£26.70£35.40
Kenya£25.80£33.60
Turkey£28.50£39.00
for each additional 1,000 unitsColumbia£0.01£0.01
Ecuador£0.03£0.05
Kenya£0.02£0.03
Turkey£0.05£0.08
maximum priceColumbia£28.40£38.70
Ecuador£45.60£73.20
Kenya£38.40£58.80
Turkey£60.00£102.00
Phoenixup to 20,000 in numberCosta Rica£30.30£42.60
for each additional 1,000 units£0.07£0.11
maximum price£74.40£130.80
Rosaup to 20,000 in numberColumbia, Ecuador£24.60£31.10
Ethiopia£24.90£31.80
Kenya£24.90£31.80
Tanzania, Zambia£26.70£35.40
for each additional 1,000 unitsColumbia, Ecuador£0.01£0.01
Ethiopia, Kenya£0.01£0.02
Tanzania, Zambia£0.03£0.05
maximum priceColumbia, Ecuador£28.40£38.70
Ethiopia, Kenya£31.20£44.40
Tanzania, Zambia£45.60£73.20
FruitCitrusup to 25,000kg in weightEgypt, USA£26.70£35.40
Israel, Mexico, Peru£25.80£33.60
Morocco£24.90£31.80
Tunisia£33.00£48.00
Turkey£24.60£31.10
for each additional 1,000kgEgypt, USA£0.12£0.23
Israel, Mexico, Peru£0.08£0.15
Morocco£0.04£0.08
Tunisia£0.40£0.75
Turkey£0.03£0.05
Malusup to 25,000kg in weightArgentina, Brazil£28.50£39.00
Chile, South Africa£24.90£31.80
New Zealand£25.80£33.60
USA£33.00£48.00
for each additional 1,000kg

Argentina,

Brazil

£0.20£0.38
Chile, South Africa£0.04£0.08
New Zealand£0.08£0.15
USA£0.40£0.75
Passifloraup to 25,000kg in weightColumbia£25.80£33.60
Kenya£26.70£35.40
South Africa£30.30£42.60
Zimbabwe£37.50£57.00
for each additional 1,000kgColumbia£0.08£0.15
Kenya£0.12£0.23
South Africa£0.28£0.53
Zimbabwe£0.60£1.13
Prunusup to 25,000kg in weightArgentina£37.50£57.00
Morocco,£33.00£48.00
USA
Chile, South
Africa,£25.80£33.60
Turkey
for each additional 1,000kgArgentina£0.60£1.13
Morocco,£0.40£0.75
USA
Chile, South
Africa,£0.08£0.15
Turkey
Pyrusup to 25,000kg in weightArgentina, South Africa£25.80£33.60
Chile£26.70£35.40
China£37.50£57.00
for each additional 1,000kgArgentina, South Africa£0.08£0.15
Chile£0.12£0.23
China£0.60£1.13
Vacciniumup to 25,000kg in weightArgentina£28.50£39.00
for each additional 1,000kg£0.20£0.38
VegetablesCapsicumup to 25,000kg in weightIsrael,£24.90£31.80
Morocco
for each additional 1,000kgIsrael,£0.04£0.08
Morocco
Momordicaup to 25,000kg in weightSurinam£28.50£39.00
for each additional 1,000kg£0.20£0.38
Solanum Melongenaup to 25,000kg in weightKenya, Turkey£25.80£33.60
for each additional 1,000kg£0.08£0.15

Note: fees are rounded up to the nearest decimal point, with the exception of the additional quantity values, which are rounded up to the nearest penny.; and

(b)for Schedule 3 (additional fees) substitute—

Regulation 5

SCHEDULE 3ADDITIONAL FEES

ItemPlants, plant products or other objectsQuantity(*)Fee
(*)

A sample of 200 tubers will be taken for each 25,000 kg lot.

1Potatoes originating in Egypt or Lebanonup to 25,000 kg in weight£158
for each 25,000 kg (or part thereof)£158

AILEEN McLEOD

Authorised to sign by the Scottish Ministers

St Andrew’s House,

Edinburgh

18th November 2015

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations amend the Plant Health (Import Inspection Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2014 (“the principal Regulations”).

Article 13d of Council Directive 2000/29/EC (OJ L 169, 10.7.2000, p.1) (“the Directive”) requires a member State to ensure the collection of fees to cover the costs occasioned by the documentary checks, identity checks and plant health checks of certain imports of plants, plant products and other objects from third countries which are required by Article 13a(1) of the Directive. Pursuant to Article 2 of Commission Regulation (EC) 1756/2004 (OJ L 313, 12.10.2004, p.6), the European Commission notifies member States of plants and plant products which should be subject to reduced inspection and of the rate of such inspection. Regulation 2(a) substitutes Schedule 2 to the principal Regulations to take account of the most recent Commission Notification on reduced inspection rates, available at http://ec.europa.eu/food/plant/plant_health_biosafety/trade_non_eu/reduced_frequency_checks_en.htm.

The Table provides a comparison of changes made to the fees in Schedule 2 to the principal Regulations:

TABLE

Schedule 2

GenusCountry of originPrevious rate of inspectionPrevious fee(1)New rate of inspectionNew fee, specified in Schedule 2
(1)

Initial fee per consignment for cut flowers (up to 20,000 in number) and fruit and vegetables (up to 25,000 kg in weight). Corresponding fees are set in the principal Regulations for additional quantities, maximum price per consignment and inspections carried out outside normal working hours.

(2)

Consignments subject to an inspection rate of 100% are excluded from the reduced rate inspection scheme and are subject to the import inspection fees specified in Schedule 1 to the principal Regulations.

Cut Flowers
DianthusKenya5%£24.9010%£25.80
RosaEthiopia10%£25.805%£24.90
Fruit
CitrusTunisia75%£37.5050%£33.00
CitrusUruguay75%£37.50100%(2)
PassifloraKenya10%£25.8015%£26.70
PrunusArgentina50%£33.0075%£37.50
PrunusUSA10%£25.8050%£33.00
PsidiumBrazil75%£37.50100%(2)
PyrusChina50%£33.0075%£37.50
Vegetables
CapsisumMorocco10%£25.805%£24.90
MomordicaSurinam35%£30.3025%£28.50

Regulation 2(b) substitutes Schedule 3 to the principal Regulations, to increase the additional fees for sampling potatoes originating in Egypt or Lebanon from £152 to £158 for quantities of up to 25,000kg in weight and, thereafter, for each 25,000kg or part thereof.

No business and regulatory impact assessment has been prepared for this instrument as it has limited impact on the cost of business.

(1)

1973 c.51. The reference to a Government department in section 56(1) is to be read as a reference to the Scottish Administration by virtue of article 2(2) of the Scotland Act (Consequential Modifications) (No. 2) Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/1820) and the functions of the Minister transferred to the Scottish Ministers by virtue of section 53 of the Scotland Act 1998 (c.46). The requirement to obtain the consent of the Treasury was removed by section 55 of the Scotland Act 1998.

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