Fees & charges – general
You'll need to pay for services provided by MPI and other providers you use when importing. This page gives an overview of fees and charges – for more detailed information check the importing process for your product.
User-pays approach to fees
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) recovers the costs for biosecurity inspections and other services it supplies to importers. You may be charged by MPI or other service providers for services like:
- testing and sampling
- laboratory analysis
- cleaning and treating
- travel costs for MPI inspectors
- inspections of goods
- destruction, transportation, re-shipment, or other disposal of goods
- storage and quarantine of goods.
MPI may also charge you for its actual and reasonable costs in providing these services. This includes costs like courier charges, stationery and accommodation.
MPI's fees, charges, and levies for importers are prescribed by legislation. You can find out more on the NZ Legislation website:
- Biosecurity (Costs) Regulations 2010
- Biosecurity (System Entry Levy) Order 2010
- Food (Fees and Charges) Regulations 1997
Border clearance charges
MPI may inspect any imported products or animals to ensure they're safe to enter the country.
Biosecurity activities and services we may charge for include:
- checking your documents
- inspecting your products or animals
- travel and callout costs.
For most commodities, MPI inspections are charged at an hourly rate. In a few cases, MPI will charge you a fixed rate. Fixed rates will be listed on the individual commodity pages.
Charges for MPI inspectors, veterinary inspectors and call-out costs
|Fee type||Fee (incl GST)|
|Biosecurity inspector or advisor – hourly rate*||$117.61|
|Veterinarian or veterinary inspector for live animal inspections – hourly rate*||$214.25|
|If the MPI inspector has to work outside of their work-site's rostered hours, callout charges will apply.|
|Biosecurity inspector/advisor – at time-and-a-half||$133.58|
|Biosecurity inspector/advisor – at double time||$149.56|
|Biosecurity inspector/advisor – on a public holiday||$255.62 a day, plus hourly rates|
|Veterinarian or veterinary inspector – at time-and-a-half||$290.00|
|Veterinarian or veterinary inspector – at double time||$365.75|
|Veterinarian or veterinary inspector – on a public holiday||$971.90 a day, plus applicable hourly rates|
*Hourly rate charges also apply to waiting times.
Live animal and animal products charges for the European Union and Switzerland
Specific fees apply to all live animal and animal products imported directly from the European Union or Switzerland.
|Fee type||Fee (incl GST)|
|Charges for live animals|
|Inspection on arrival to determine whether an animal should be cleared or directed to a transitional or containment facility – for each animal||$32.42|
|Veterinary inspection and monitoring of animals held at transitional or containment facilities (to determine if animals should be cleared, moved, or held for longer) – hourly rate||$108.54|
|Charges for animal products|
|Inspection of documents||$32.42|
|Product inspection by biosecurity inspector – each consignment||$64.83|
|Product inspection by veterinary inspector – each consignment||$64.83|
Travel charges for MPI inspectors
If the MPI inspector or advisor has to travel to inspect your goods, you may have to pay travel costs.
|Type of charge||Fee (incl GST)|
|Travel within zone 1 – up to 4 km from base||$40.09|
|Travel within zone 2 – over 4 km and up to 10 km from base||$81.36|
|Travel within zone 3 – over 10 km and up to 25 km from base||$125.63|
|Travel within zone 4 – over 25 km and up to 50 km from base||$171.57|
|Travel more than 50 km from base||Hourly rates, plus a mileage charge of $0.7705 a kilometre. Other travel-related costs may also apply.|
Testing and treatment costs
You may face extra charges if your imported products need to be tested or treated. These services must be done by an MPI-approved provider. You may have to pay the costs of:
- identifying any harmful organisms
- moving your products to a transitional or containment facility
- storing your products
- destroying contaminated items.
If MPI has to re-inspect your products, we may charge you for these services, as well as for any other actual and reasonable costs we incur.
How much will it cost?
You'll find some of the fees for importing individual products on the fees and charges pages for each product, commodity, or animal. Costs will vary, depending on what you're importing and the amount of work needed to get MPI clearance.
How to pay
You may need to pay MPI in advance for some services, like applying for an import permit. In other cases, like for an MPI inspector’s time or travel costs, MPI will send you an invoice.
You can pay by direct credit, cheque or credit card. You'll find more details on the relevant documents.
If you regularly import goods, it's easiest to set up a credit account with MPI.
- Download the credit account application form [PDF, 88 KB]
Fees from other agencies
The New Zealand Customs Service (Customs) requires importers to pay duty on imports as well as GST and possibly other charges. As an importer you need to be aware of all the costs you may face from Customs and other agencies.
Who to contact
If you have questions about MPI's fees and charges for importers, email firstname.lastname@example.org.