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§ 5105. Inspection fees. (a) Imposition.--There shall be paid to the department for all commercial feeds distributed in this Commonwealth an inspection fee at the rate of 10¢ per ton annually. Customer- formula feeds and contract feeds are exempted if the inspection fee is paid on the commercial feeds which are used as ingredients therein. Commercial feeds which are distributed to manufacturers and used as ingredients in the manufacture of commercial feeds other than customer-formula feeds and contract feeds are exempted from the inspection fee, but in no case shall the inspection fee paid annually amount to less than $25. The department, having determined after a public hearing following notice to the licensees that moneys derived from the license and inspection fees are either greater or less than that required to administer this chapter, may by regulation reduce or increase the inspection fee so as to maintain revenues sufficient to administer this chapter, but the inspection fee shall not be changed by more than 2¢ in one year, and the inspection fee shall not exceed 20¢ per ton. (b) Annual statement and records.--Except as otherwise provided, every guarantor who distributes commercial feed in this Commonwealth shall: (1) File not later than February 15 of each year an annual statement, under oath, setting forth the number of net tons of commercial feeds distributed in this Commonwealth during the preceding calendar year. Upon filing the statement, the guarantor shall pay the inspection fee at the rate stated in subsection (a) or at the rate established by the department by regulation promulgated under subsection (a). When more than one guarantor is involved in the distribution of commercial feed, the guarantor who distributed the feed last is responsible for reporting the tonnage and paying the inspection fee unless the report and payment have been made by a prior guarantor of the feed or feed ingredient. Inspection fees which are due and owing and have not been remitted to the Commonwealth by the due date shall have a penalty fee of 10% or a minimum of $25 added to the amount due when payment is finally made. The assessment of this penalty fee shall not prevent the Commonwealth from taking other actions as provided in this chapter. (2) Keep such records as may be necessary or required by the department to indicate accurately the tonnage of commercial feeds distributed in this Commonwealth. The department may examine these records to verify statements of tonnage. (c) Cancellation of license.--Failure to make an accurate statement of tonnage or to pay the inspection fee or comply as provided in this section shall constitute sufficient cause for the cancellation of the license.