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The Plant Health (Fees) (Wales) Regulations 2012

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Welsh Statutory Instruments

2012 No. 1493 (W.191)

PLANT HEALTH, WALES

The Plant Health (Fees) (Wales) Regulations 2012

Made

5 June 2012

Laid before the National Assembly for Wales

12 June 2012

Coming into force

6 July 2012

The Welsh Ministers are designated(1) for the purposes of section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972(2) in relation to the common agricultural policy of the European Union.

The Welsh Ministers make regulation 7(a), (b) and (c) in exercise of powers conferred by section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972.

The Welsh Ministers make these Regulations, with the exception of regulation 7(a), (b) and (c), with the consent of the Treasury, in exercise of powers conferred by section 56(1) and (2) of the Finance Act 1973(3) and now vested in them.(4)

Title, application, commencement and interpretation

1.—(1) The title of these Regulations is the Plant Health (Fees) (Wales) Regulations 2012. They apply in relation to Wales and come into force on 6 July 2012.

(2) In these Regulations—

(a)“the Directive” (“y Gyfarwyddeb”) means Council Directive 2000/29/EC on protective measures against the introduction into the Community of organisms harmful to plants or plant products and against their spread within the Community(5); and

(b)“the PHO” (“y GIP”) means the Plant Health (Wales) Order 2006(6).

(3) Terms used in these Regulations which are also used in the Directive have the meaning they have in the Directive.

Import inspection fees

2.—(1) This regulation applies in relation to consignments of—

(a)plants, plant products and other objects of a description specified in column 1 of Schedule 1 that are listed in Part B of Annex V to the Directive, and

(b)seeds of Solanaceae whether or not listed in that Part,

that are introduced into Wales from a country or territory other than one within the European Union or are the subject of an agreement made under article 12(6) of the PHO.

(2) Upon import of a consignment to which this regulation applies, an importer must pay to the Welsh Ministers—

(a)the fee specified—

(i)in column 3 of Schedule 1 in respect of a consignment of a plant, plant product or other object listed in column 1 of that Schedule, other than a consignment of a plant or plant product to which paragraph (ii) of this sub-paragraph applies, or

(ii)in column 4 of Schedule 2 in respect of a consignment of a plant or plant product listed in column 1 of that Schedule and originating from a country listed in column 3 of that Schedule; and

(b)the fees specified in column 3 of Schedule 3 for a documentary check and an identity check.

(3) But where, at the request of an importer or any other person responsible for the consignment, a plant health check is carried out on a consignment outside daytime working hours, the fee payable under paragraph (2)(a) in respect of that consignment is—

(a)the fee specified in column 4 of Schedule 1 if the consignment is a consignment to which paragraph (2)(a)(i) applies; or

(b)the fee specified in column 5 of Schedule 2 if the consignment is a consignment to which paragraph (2)(a)(ii) applies.

(4) In this regulation “daytime working hours” (“oriau gwaith yn ystod y dydd”) means any time between the hours of 8.30 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. on any day except a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a day which is a bank holiday under the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971(7) in Wales.

Seed potatoes: fees

3.—(1) The fees specified in Schedule 4 are payable in respect of the functions specified in column 1 of that Schedule, which relate to an application for—

(a)certification of seed potatoes in accordance with regulation 9 of the Seed Potatoes Regulations;

(b)an authorisation to market seed potatoes in accordance with regulation 8 of those Regulations.

(2) The fee payable in respect of a function is subject to any minimum fee specified in column 3 of Schedule 4 in relation to that function.

(3) The fee in respect of a function specified in Schedule 4 must be paid to the Welsh Ministers.

(4) In this regulation “the Seed Potatoes Regulations” (“y Rheoliadau Tatws Hadyd”) means the Seed Potatoes (Wales) Regulations 2006(8).

Plant health licence fees

4.—(1) Fees payable under this regulation relate to a licence described in article 40 or 41 of the PHO.

(2) In respect of an application or inspection of a type described in column 2 of Schedule 5, a person must pay to the Welsh Ministers the fee specified in column 3 of that Schedule in relation to that type of application or inspection.

Plant passport authorisation fees

5.—(1) The fee specified in paragraph (2) must be paid to the Welsh Ministers in respect of an inspection (which may include an inspection of business records) carried out in connection with—

(a)an application for an authority; or

(b)ensuring compliance with any conditions subject to which an authority was granted.

(2) The fee is £31.50 for each quarter of an hour or part of quarter of an hour (including time spent on an inspection, on travelling and on associated administration), subject to a minimum fee of £63.00 per visit.

(3) In this regulation “authority” (“awdurdod”) means an authority to issue plant passports conferred under article 8 of the Plant Health (Phytophthora ramorum) (Wales) Order 2006(9) or article 29 of the PHO.

Potatoes originating in Egypt: fees

6.—(1) Where an inspector takes a sample of potatoes originating in Egypt in order to ascertain whether, for the purposes of paragraph 5 of the Annex to the Decision, those potatoes are infected with Ralstonia solanacearum (Smith) Yabuuchi et al., the importer must pay to the Welsh Ministers £87.80 in respect of each lot sampled.

(2) In this regulation “the Decision” (“y Penderfyniad”) means Commission Implementing Decision 2011/787/EU authorising member States temporarily to take emergency measures against the dissemination of Ralstonia solanacearum (Smith) Yabuuchi et al. as regards Egypt(10).

Revocations

7.  The following are revoked—

(a)the Plant Health (Licence Fees) (England and Wales) Regulations 1996(11), in relation to Wales only;

(b)regulation 6 of the Potatoes Originating in Egypt (Wales) Regulations 2004(12);

(c)the Seed Potatoes (Fees) (Wales) (No. 2) Regulations 2006(13);

(d)the Plant Health (Plant Passport Fees) (Wales) Regulations 2007(14);

(e)the Plant Health (Import Inspection Fees) (Wales) Regulations 2010(15); and

(f)the Plant Health (Import Inspection Fees) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012(16).

John Griffiths

Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, one of the Welsh Ministers

5 June 2012

Regulation 2(1)(a), (2)(a)(i) and (3)(a)

SCHEDULE 1Import Inspection Fees

Column 1Column 2Column 3Column 4
Plant, plant product or other objectQuantityFee for each consignment (daytime working hours) (£)Fee for each consignment (non-daytime working hours) (£)
Cuttings, seedlings (except forestry reproductive material), young plants of strawberries or of vegetablesup to 10,000 in number46.9870.47
each additional 1,000, or part thereof1.88, up to a maximum of 375.842.81, up to a maximum of 563.76
Shrubs, trees (other than cut Christmas trees), other woody nursery plants including forest reproductive material (other than seed)up to 1,000 in number46.9870.47
each additional 100, or part thereof1.15, up to a maximum of 375.841.73, up to a maximum of 563.76
Bulbs, corms, rhizomes, tubers, intended for planting (other than tubers of potatoes)up to 200 kg46.9870.47
each additional 10 kg, or part thereof0.43, up to a maximum of 375.840.64, up to a maximum of 563.76
Seeds, tissue culturesup to 100 kg20.1330.20
each additional 10 kg, or part thereof0.46, up to a maximum of 375.840.69, up to a maximum of 563.76
Other plants intended for planting, not specified elsewhere in this Scheduleup to 5,000 in number46.9870.47
each additional 100, or part thereof0.46, up to a maximum of 375.840.69, up to a maximum of 563.76
Cut flowersup to 20,000 in number46.9870.47
each additional 1,000, or part thereof0.36, up to a maximum of 375.840.54, up to a maximum of 563.76
Branches with foliage, parts of conifers (other than cut Christmas trees)up to 100 kg46.9870.47
each additional 100 kg, or part thereof4.67, up to a maximum of 375.847.01, up to a maximum of 563.76
Cut Christmas treesup to 1,000 in number46.9870.47
each additional 100, or part thereof4.67, up to a maximum of 375.847.01, up to a maximum of 563.76
Leaves of plants, such as herbs, spices and leafy vegetablesup to 100 kg46.9870.47
each additional 10 kg, or part thereof4.67, up to a maximum of 375.847.01, up to a maximum of 563.76
Fruits, vegetables (other than leafy vegetables)up to 25,000 kg46.9870.47
each additional 1,000 kg, or part thereof1.882.81
Tubers of potatoesup to 25,000 kg140.94 (for each lot)211.41 (for each lot)
each additional 25,000 kg, or part thereof140.94 (for each lot)211.41 (for each lot)
Soil and growing medium, barkup to 25,000 kg46.9870.47
each additional 1,000 kg, or part thereof1.88, up to a maximum of 375.842.81, up to a maximum of 563.76
Grainup to 25,000 kg46.9870.47
each additional 1,000 kg, or part thereof1.88, up to a maximum of 1879.192.81, up to a maximum of 2818.78
Other plants or plant products not specified elsewhere in this Schedule, except forest treeseach consignment46.9870.47

Regulation 2(2)(a)(ii) and (3)(b)

SCHEDULE 2Import Inspection Fees: Reduced Rates

Column 1Column 2Column 3Column 4Column 5
GenusQuantityCountry of originFee for each consignment (daytime working hours) (£)Fee for each consignment (non-daytime working hours) (£)
Cut Flowers
Dianthusup to 20,000 in numberColombia2.353.52
Ecuador4.707.05
Kenya2.353.52
Turkey11.7417.62
each additional 1,000 or part thereofColombia0.02, up to a maximum of 18.790.03, up to a maximum of 28.19
Ecuador0.04, up to a maximum of 37.580.07, up to a maximum of 56.38
Kenya0.02, up to a maximum of 18.790.03, up to a maximum of 28.19
Turkey0.10, up to a maximum of 93.960.15, up to a maximum of 140.94
Rosaup to 20,000 in numberColombia1.412.11
Ecuador1.412.11
Ethiopia2.353.52
Kenya2.353.52
Tanzania4.707.05
Uganda11.7417.62
Zambia11.7417.62
each additional 1,000 or part thereofColombia0.01, up to a maximum of 11.280.01, up to a maximum of 16.91
Ecuador0.01, up to a maximum of 11.280.01, up to a maximum of 16.91
Ethiopia0.02, up to a maximum of 18.790.03, up to a maximum of 28.19
Kenya0.02, up to a maximum of 18.790.03, up to a maximum of 28.19
Tanzania0.04, up to a maximum of 37.580.07, up to a maximum of 56.38
Uganda0.07, up to a maximum of 93.960.10, up to a maximum of 140.94
Zambia0.07, up to a maximum of 93.960.10, up to a maximum of 140.94
Branches with foliage
Phoenixup to 100 kgCosta Rica16.4424.66
each additional 100 kg or part thereofCosta Rica1.63, up to a maximum of 131.542.45, up to a maximum of 197.32
Fruit
Citrusup to 25,000 kgEgypt7.0510.57
Israel4.707.05
Mexico7.0510.57
Morocco2.353.52
Peru11.7417.62
Turkey1.412.11
Uruguay7.0510.57
USA7.0510.57
each additional 1,000 kg or part thereofEgypt0.260.39
Israel0.190.28
Mexico0.260.39
Morocco0.070.10
Peru0.470.70
Turkey0.030.05
Uruguay0.260.39
USA0.260.39
Malusup to 25,000 kgArgentina4.707.05
Brazil7.0510.57
Chile2.353.52
China23.4935.23
New Zealand4.707.05
South Africa2.353.52
USA11.7417.62
each additional 1,000 kg or part thereofArgentina0.190.28
Brazil0.280.42
Chile0.090.14
China0.941.40
New Zealand0.190.28
South Africa0.090.14
USA0.470.70
Passifloraup to 25,000 kgColombia4.707.05
Kenya4.707.05
South Africa23.4935.23
Zimbabwe16.4424.66
each additional 1,000 kg or part thereofColombia0.160.25
Kenya0.160.25
South Africa0.921.38
Zimbabwe0.630.94
Prunusup to 25,000 kgArgentina16.4424.66
Chile4.707.05
South Africa4.707.05
Turkey4.707.05
USA4.707.05
each additional 1,000 kg or part thereofArgentina0.630.94
Chile0.160.25
South Africa0.160.25
Turkey0.160.25
USA0.160.25
Pyrusup to 25,000 kgArgentina4.707.05
Chile11.7417.62
China16.4424.66
South Africa4.707.05
each additional 1,000 kg or part thereofArgentina0.160.25
Chile0.470.70
China0.660.98
South Africa0.160.25
Vegetables
Solanum melongenaup to 25,000 kgTurkey4.707.05
each additional 1,000 kg or part thereofTurkey0.160.25

Regulation 2(2)(b)

SCHEDULE 3Import Inspection Fees: Documentary and Identity Checks

Column 1Column 2Column 3
CheckQuantityFee (£)
Documentaryeach consignment5.36
Identityeach consignment up to the size of a truck load, a railway wagon load or the load of a container of comparable size5.36
each consignment bigger than the above size10.71

Regulation 3

SCHEDULE 4Seed Potatoes: Fees

Column 1Column 2Column 3
FunctionFee1 (£)Minimum fee (£)
1

Of the rates listed in this column and in column 3, those that are marked with an asterisk are per hour or part of an hour, and those not so marked are per half-hectare or part of half-hectare.

Inspection of growing crops and provision of labels and seals in respect of applications
Certification as pre-basic seed potato122.57*n/a
Certification as basic seed potato, classified as:super elite 1, super elite 2 or super elite 361.29122.57
elite 1, elite 2 or elite 361.29122.57
A58.26116.52
Certification as certified seed potato52.96105.93
Authorisation to market seed potatoes122.57*n/a
Inspection of harvested tubers
Up to two inspections18.1636.32
Third and subsequent inspections122.57*n/a

Regulation 4(2)

SCHEDULE 5Plant Health Licence Fees

Column 1Column 2Column 3
ItemType of application or inspectionFee (£)
1Application for a licence other than a licence covered by item 2 or 3781.27
2Application for a licence in respect of soil or other growing medium for analysis563.54
3Application for a licence for scientific or trial purposes covering 5 or more types of article781.27, plus 30.74 per type of article in excess of 5
4Application for renewal or variation of a licence with changes requiring scientific or technical assessment256.15
5Application for renewal of a licence with no changes, or for renewal or variation of a licence with only minor changes requiring no scientific or technical assessment30.74
6Inspection and associated activities (including travelling time and office time) for monitoring compliance with licence terms and conditions42.06 per hour or part of an hour

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations, which apply in relation to Wales specify fees payable to the Welsh Ministers in the field of plant health.

The fees are payable in relation to specified inspections and other operations carried out pursuant to Council Directive 2000/29/EC on protective measures against the introduction into the Community of organisms harmful to plants or plant products and against their spread within the Community (OJ No L 169, 10.7.2000, p.1).

The fees for documentary, identity and plant health checks in relation to certain imports of plants, plant products and other objects from third countries (regulation 2 and Schedules 1, 2 and 3) are specified pursuant to the requirement in Article 13d of Directive 2000/29/EC.

The Regulations consolidate several previous instruments which dealt separately with particular fees in relation to plant health; those previous instruments are revoked (regulation 7). These Regulations do not introduce any new types of fee.

The fee levels provided for in this instrument form part of a phased move towards full cost recovery of fees over a period of three years. Most fees are substantially increased: import inspection fees by 229%, fees in relation to seed potatoes by 52%, licensing fees by 160%, fees for inspection of Egyptian potatoes by 184% and fees for plant passporting services by 55%. Further details are provided in the Explanatory Memorandum.

Regulatory impact assessments of the effect that this instrument will have on the costs of business, in relation to each of the five types of fees covered by this instrument, have been prepared and are available from the Department of Environment and Sustainable Development, Welsh Government, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NQ.

(1)

By virtue of Article 3 of the European Communities (Designation) (No.5) Order 2010, S.I. 2010/2690.

(2)

1972 c. 68; section 2(2) was amended by the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006 (c. 51), section 27(1)(a), and the European Union (Amendment) Act 2008 (c. 7), Part 1 of the Schedule.

(3)

1973 c. 51. Subsection (6) of section 56 was repealed by the Statute Law (Repeals) Act 1977 (c. 18).

(4)

By virtue of section 59(5) of the Government of Wales Act 2006 c. 32.

(5)

OJ No L 169, 10.7.2000, p.1, as last amended by Commission Directive 2010/1/EU (OJ No L 7, 12.1.2010, p.17).

(7)

1971 c. 80; see section 1and Schedule 1.

(10)

OJ No L 319, 2.12.2011, p.112.

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