Proposed Revisions to the Cost Recovery Regimes for Biosecurity and Food Safety

Closing Date:

Email: costrecovery@mpi.govt.nz

MPI is looking for feedback on a series of proposals for changing the way that MPI recovers costs from individuals and industries in order to provide essential food safety and biosecurity services.

New Zealand’s biosecurity and food safety systems are critical to the operation and viability of our country’s primary industries and to ensure the safety of consumers of New Zealand products both at home and abroad. 

Why is this review being proposed?

This consultation marks the first review of fees for the biosecurity system since 2011 and the first review of food safety fees since 2008.

Since the last review of fees there has been:

  • an increase in imports and exports
  • an increase in the number of food businesses
  • changes to trading patterns which means MPI has had to provide new and improved services
  • increasing inflation pressure which means the real cost of delivering services is also increasing.

In addition, the different systems for recovering costs from industry were not developed at the same time which, over time, has led to inequities in current charges. This means that there is the possibility that some businesses are paying more than their fair share and some are paying less. The proposed updates have been designed to address these inequities and ensure all industry – large and small – is treated fairly.

What’s being proposed?

At a glance, MPI is proposing to:

  • update over 250 biosecurity and food safety fees, charges and levies
  • change regulations to ensure fairness, clarify intent and reduce red tape
  • increase the amount recovered from industry for biosecurity by $6.0 million to $36.4 million in 2015/16
  • increase the amount recovered from industry for food safety by $6.8 million to $62.1 million in 2015/16

Consultation

Public consultation on the proposed updates is being held from 19 January to 20 February. During this time we will be holding presentations around the country. If you are interested in attending one of these presentations, please refer to the table below. These presentations are open meetings and there is no need to RSVP.

Presentation slides from these stakeholder consultation meetings are available:

Date

Biosecurity

Food Safety
Mon 26 Jan  DUNEDIN
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
123 Princes Street
1.00-2.00 PM
CHRISTCHURCH
Rydges Hotel
30 Latimer Square
10.30 AM
Tues 27 Jan  CHRISTCHURCH
MPI Office, SWPD Meeting Room 1
14 Sir William Pickering Drive, Burnside
1.00-2.00 PM
NELSON
Rutherford Hotel
27 Nile Street West
11.00 AM
Weds 28 Jan 

WELLINGTON
Rydges Hotel Meeting, Grand Space
75 Featherston Street, Pipitea
1.30 PM - 3.00 PM

AUCKLAND
Rendezvous Hotel
71 Mayoral Dr
10.30 AM
 
Holiday Inn Auckland Airport
2 Ascot Road, Mangere
2.30 PM

Thurs 29 Jan  NAPIER
Napier War Memorial
Main Room
48 Marine Parade, Bluff Hill
10.30 AM - 12.00 PM
HAMILTON
Kingsgate Hotel
100 Garnett Ave, Te Rapa
10.30 AM
Fri 30 Jan  TAURANGA
Trinity Wharf Hotel, Pool House
51 Dive Crescent, Bay of Plenty
10.30 AM - 12.00 PM
WELLINGTON
MPI, Pastoral House
25 The Terrace
10.00 AM
     
Mon 2 Feb   NAPIER
War Memorial Conference Centre
48 Marine Parade, Bluff Hill
11.00 AM
Tues 3 Feb   

AUCKLAND
Crowne Plaza
128 Albert Street
10.30 AM
 
Sudima Auckland Airport
18 Airpark Dr, Mangere
2.30 PM

Weds 4 Feb  AUCKLAND
Rendezvous Hotel, Room II
71 Mayoral Drive
10.30 AM - 12.00 PM and 1.30 - 3.00 PM 
PALMERSTON NORTH
Copthorne Hotel
110 Fitzherbert Avenue
10.00 AM
Thurs 5 Feb  AUCKLAND
Holiday Inn Auckland Airport
Jean Batten Room
2 Ascot Road, Mangere
10.30 AM - 12.00 PM and 1.00 - 2.30 PM
DUNEDIN
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
118 High Street
12.30 PM
Fri 6 Feb  Waitangi Day Waitangi Day
     
Mon 9 Feb    TAURANGA
Daniels in the Park Function Centre
53 Eleventh Ave
10.30 AM

Below you will find industry and sector-specific consultation documents that outline the proposed changes for cost recovery and what this could mean for your business. Consultation documents are broken down by sector. Please select the document or documents of interest to you from the listing below.

If you wish to take part in the consultation, please download the Introduction and Overview document as well the Proposals that impact across multiple cost recovery regimes document, and any other individual industry or sector-specific documents relevant to your area of activity.

Alternatively, the full consultation document can be downloaded as one PDF here:

Consultation Paper on Proposed Revisions to the Cost Recovery Regimes Biosecurity, Animal Products, Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines, Wine and Animal Welfare [PDF, 2.5 MB]

Making a submission

Instructions on how to make a submission can be found here. [PDF, 169 KB] The deadline for submissions is 5pm on 20 February 2015.

There are a number of ways to make a submission. You can make a submission via our online survey tool. Simply click on the link below and follow the instructions. You do not have to use the survey tool, however you may find it more straightforward than drafting your own response.

Alternatively you may forward comments electronically and this can be done by using the email address costrecovery@mpi.govt.nz, or send submissions in writing to:

Cost Recovery Review Consultation
Policy and Trade Branch
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

Equal weight will be given to submissions made by any of the channels referred to above.

Please note that your submission is public information. Submissions may be the subject of requests for information under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA specifies that information is to be made available to requesters unless there are sufficient grounds for withholding it, as set out in the OIA. Submitters may wish to indicate grounds for withholding specific information contained in their submission, such as the information is commercially sensitive or they wish personal information to be withheld. Any decision to withhold information requested under the OIA is reviewable by the Ombudsman.

General information

This document contains information on MPI’s cost recovery, the process for making submissions and an overview of cost recovery proposals.

Proposals that impact across multiple regimes

This document is an extract from the full consultation document and contains proposals that impact across multiple cost recovery regimes.

Biosecurity

This document is an extract from the full consultation document and contains information for proposals and fee updates under the Biosecurity Act 1993.

Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines

This document is an extract from the full consultation document and contains information for proposals and fee updates under the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act 1997. 

Animal Welfare

This document is an extract from the full consultation document and contains information for proposals and fee updates under the Animal Welfare Act 1999. 

Animal Products

These documents are extracts from the full consultation document. Proposals and fee update information for the Animal Products Act 1999 have been grouped into separate documents by major sectors.

You will need to download the Overview document and any other documents that contain proposals that may affect you or your business. If you are not sure which documents to download, you may wish to download the All Animal Products Proposals and Updates document.

All Animal Products proposals and updates

This document is an extract from the full consultation document and contains all proposals and updates under the Animal Products Act 1999. 

Overview information

This document is an extract from the full consultation document and contains overview information on the Animal Products Act 1999, and ‘common’ proposals that affect multiple sectors.

Live animal and germplasm exports

This document is an extract from the full consultation document and contains information for proposals that affect the live animal and germplasm export sectors.

Approvals and certifications

This document is an extract from the full consultation document and contains information for proposals related to MPI’s approvals and certification functions.

Levies, fees and charges on animal products

This document is an extract from the full consultation document and contains information for proposals related to levies, fees and charges under the Animal Products Act 1999.

Verification services

This document is an extract from the full consultation document and contains information for proposals related to MPI’s verification services functions.

Dairy industry fees and charges

This document is an extract from the full consultation document and contains information for proposals related to dairy industry fees and charges.

Wine

This document is an extract from the full consultation document and contains information for proposals and fee updates under the Wine Act 2003.

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