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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 2016 FY 2017 FY 2018
(through 3rd quarter)
Cases Initiated 1,265 1,190 831
Warnings 96 75 58
Settlement Agreements 400 362 327
Stipulated Penalties Assessed $426,026 $356,259 $330,868
Non-Monetary Stipulations 0 0 0
Referrals to OGC 0 0 0
Administrative Complaints 2 1 0
Administrative Decisions 2 3 0
Civil Penalties Assessed $2,200 $30,000 $0
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