Fees & charges

You'll be charged for services provided by MPI and other service providers when you're importing cut flowers and foliage.


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 storage or laboratory costs.

Border clearance charges

MPI may charge you for costs related to inspecting your cut flowers and foliage when they arrive in New Zealand.

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

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

Charges for MPI inspectors, 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.

Other charges

Treatment costs

Some types of cut flowers and foliage must be fumigated with methyl bromide on arrival in New Zealand. The import health standard (IHS) for your cut flower or foliage species will tell you if this treatment is needed.

You'll have to pay the costs of this fumigation.

You may also have to pay other treatment costs if the MPI inspector finds that your flowers or foliage are contaminated.

Contact individual treatment providers for their fees and 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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