Fees & charges

You'll be charged for services provided by MPI and other service providers when you're importing wood packaging.


What our fees cover

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) calculates fees on a cost-recovery basis.

Activities and services we charge for include:

  • border clearance inspections
  • travel costs.

Not all the fees on this page may apply to you and there could be other charges not listed here – like transport, storage, or treatment costs.

Border clearance charges

MPI may charge you for costs related to inspecting wood packaging when it arrives in New Zealand.

You may also be charged extra fees if MPI's biosecurity inspector has to:

  • travel to inspect your packaging
  • wait before inspection can start
  • be called out after hours.

Biosecurity inspection fees, including travel charges

Fee typeFee (excl GST)Fee (incl GST)
Biosecurity inspector – hourly rate* $102.27  $117.61
Travel charges for MPI inspectors
Travel within zone 1 – up to 4 km from base $34.86 $40.09
Travel within zone 2 – over 4 km and up to 10 km from base $70.75 $81.36
Travel within zone 3 – over 10 km and up to 25 km from base $109.24 $125.63
Travel within zone 4 – over 25 km and up to 50 km from base $149.19 $171.57
Travel more than 50 km from base Hourly rates, plus a mileage charge of $0.67 a kilometre. Other travel-related costs may also apply. Hourly rates, plus a mileage charge of $0.7705 a kilometre. Other travel-related costs may also apply.
*Hourly rate charges also apply to waiting times.

Wood packaging treatment charges

You'll have to pay to have wood packaging treated if it does not meet the import health standard or if it is contaminated – for example, if it contains pests.

You may also have to pay lab costs associated with identifying any pests.

Contact the individual treatment provider for their charges.

Find out more

Who to contact

If you have questions about MPI's fees and charges, email info@mpi.govt.nz.

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