Fees & charges

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


Border clearance charges

You may have to pay costs related to inspecting your containers when they arrive in New Zealand. MPI may bill you for these services, or you may be charged by your storage facility or shipping company.

You may also 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

Wood pallets or packaging used in containers will also need to be inspected. You may have to pay extra costs for this inspection.

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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