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: Exporters of live goats upset they have to pay more for AQIS services
: WA Export News August 28, 2012, 12:20:10 PM
Goat exporters gruff about quarantine charges

By Sarina Locke
Tuesday, 28/08/2012
Companies that export live goats by plane are upset about the high cost of quarantine and animal welfare inspection by Australian officials.
Goat exporters say the AQIS inspectors charge twice as much for air freight as for livestock on ships.
The charge is capped at $2,500 for AQIS certification for live ships of thousands of cattle or sheep, but up to $7,000 for a plane load of about 500 goats.
Fiona Lander, of Capricorn Pastoral Company, says the charge will be extended to auditing animal welfare under the new ESCAS (ess-cass) rules.
"All we're asking for is equity, because there is no equity between what they're charging us and what they're charging for boats." (