Government To Charge Cruise Lines For Sanitary Inspections

According to a recent report, beginning this month, charges from $1,075 to $4,300 will be levied by the U.S. Government for each required sanitary inspection of a passenger cruise ship.

Several cruise lines objected to the fees, contending that the charges violate international understandings and were unreasonably high. The lines even contended that the government lacked the authority to impose such fees, which are based upon a ship's gross registered capacity.

The Public Health Service announced that they will allow private companies to perform sanitation inspections in place of the government.

The PHS asked for offers from companies interested in providing the inspection service. The PHS planned to publish a synopsis of the proposed contract on which offers were to be based in the Commerce Business Daily.

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