Consultation outcome

Statutory plant health services: changing fees in England and Wales (2017)

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Detail of outcome

We received a significant amount of useful feedback from a wide group of interested parties. We have carefully considered the responses and decided to proceed with implementing the new fees from April 2018.

However, we will be delaying the proposed new fee for bespoke testing of seed for export until we have better data on costs from 2017 to 2018.

We will also be phasing in the fees for plant passporting inspection visits and some export certification and scientific licensing services to support businesses and give them time to plan and prepare. With this phasing, full-cost recovery will be achieved by April 2019. This will mean that 50% of the increase in fees will be applied in April 2018; 25% in October 2018 and the remaining 25% in April 2019.

Original consultation


Defra and Welsh Government are seeking views on changing how we charge for statutory plant health services in England and Wales.

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Consultation description

We want to know what you think about changing how we charge for statutory plant health services. Our proposals include updating the fees to take into account the changing cost of service delivery as well as making sure eligible costs are fully recovered.

The proposed changes apply to the following services provided by the Animal and Plant Health Agency:

  • import inspection services
  • export certification services
  • plant passporting services
  • seed potato certification services
  • plant health licensing services
  • fruit propagating material certification services
  • sampling and testing for potatoes from Egypt and Lebanon
Published 6 September 2017
Last updated 1 March 2018 + show all updates
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