Agricultural Quarantine Inspection Enforcement Summary

Agricultural Quarantine Inspection (AQI) Enforcement Summary

To support agriculture quarantine inspection activities in fiscal year (FY) 2017, APHIS initiated 1,190 cases and issued 362 pre-litigation settlement agreements, resulting in the collection of $356,259 in stipulated penalties. APHIS negotiated an administrative consent decision with a $17,500 civil penalty for Plant Protection Act violations after a customs broker attempted to hide prohibited and unmanifested agriculture products without the proper permits on three separate occasions. APHIS also issued multiple pre-litigation settlements involving the alleged improper safeguarding of regulated garbage, including settlements with civil penalties of $96,000 and $28,000; and alleged agriculture hold violations with civil penalties of $10,000, $11,250, and $12,500.

Totals FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017
Cases Initiated

1,181

1,265 1,190
Warnings

59

96 75
Settlement Agreements

375

400 362
Stipulated Penalties Assessed

$278,330

$426,026 $356,259
Non-Monetary Stipulations

0

0 0
Referrals to OGC

3 (alleged violators)

3 (cases)

0 0
Administrative Complaints

2

2 1
Administrative Decisions

0

2 3
Civil Penalties Assessed

$0

$2,200 $30,000
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