Fees & charges

You'll be charged for services provided by MPI and other service providers when you're exporting poultry meat.


What our fees cover

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) calculates fees on a cost-recovery basis. Activities and services we charge for include:

  • processing your exporter registration application
  • developing standards for the poultry meat industry
  • issuing official assurances (export certificates)
  • accessing the electronic certification (E-cert) system
  • registering, amending, and verifying your risk management programme (RMP).

In some cases you may need to pay additional hourly rates for assessment or verification services.

Registering as an exporter

Activity typeCharge (excl GST)Charge (incl GST)
Annual exporter registration fee $232.50, plus an hourly rate of $155 after the first hour and a half $267.38, plus an hourly rate of $178.25 after the first hour and a half

Levy for poultry processors

MPI charges poultry meat producers a levy to cover work we do:

  • setting and maintaining domestic and export standards
  • helping the industry gain market access.
Activity typeLevy (excl GST)Levy (incl GST)
Charge per bird $0.004430 $0.005095

MPI will bill you each month for this levy. The charge will be based on how many birds you processed in the previous month.

Official assurance

If there is an overseas market access requirement for the country you're exporting to, you'll likely need an official assurance, or export certificate, before you can send your product.

Activity typeCharge (excl GST)Charge (incl GST) 
Issue of an official assurance  $32, plus an hourly rate of $155 after the first 15 minutes  $36.80, plus an hourly rate of $178.25 after the first 15 minutes 
Reissue of an official assurance if replacement demanded by an importing country  $465, plus an hourly rate of $155 after 3 hours of assessment, plus disbursements at cost $534.75, plus an hourly rate of $178.25 after 3 hours of assessment, plus disbursements at cost

Access to the E-cert system

MPI uses an online web application called E-cert to issue official assurances and approve consignments for export. E-cert tracks products from the time they're produced until they're exported.

Exporters are charged to use E-cert.

Use of E-cert system Charge type Charge
Use of electronic certification system Charge for each unit of activity See formula in the Animal Products (Fees, Charges, and Levies) Regulations 2007 – NZ Legislation website

Risk management programme charges

To get an official assurance for export poultry meat products, processors must have a registered risk management programme (RMP).

Even if you do not require an official assurance, if you're a primary processor of poultry meat you must have a RMP.

You'll need to pay MPI to register or amend your RMP.

Activity type Charge (excl GST)Charge (incl GST) 
Application for registration of an RMP  $310. If your application takes longer than 2 hours to process, you'll be charged at a rate of $155 an hour $356.50. If your application takes longer than 2 hours to process, you'll be charged at a rate of $178.25 an hour 
Minor amendment to an RMP  $77.50, plus $155 an hour after the first 30 minutes  $89.13, plus $178.25 an hour after the first 30 minutes 
Major amendment to an RMP  $232.50, plus an hourly rate of $155 after the first hour and a half $267.38, plus an hourly rate of $178.25 after the first hour and a half 

Verification services

You'll have to pay MPI or another verification provider for services, including inspecting and auditing your risk management programme, each year.

You’ll find more information about these verification charges on the New Zealand Legislation website.

Other charges

Statement of a New Zealand standard

MPI can provide a statement confirming your product has met relevant requirements under the Animal Products Act. We will charge you for this service.

Activity type Charge (excl GST)Charge (incl GST) 
Issue of statement of a New Zealand standard  $32 $36.80

Find out more

Who to contact

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

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