Fees & charges

You'll be charged for services provided by MPI and other service providers when you're importing ingredients for animal food.


What our fees cover

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) calculates fees on a cost-recovery basis.

Activities and services we may charge for include:

  • import permits
  • 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 travel and storage costs. 

Import permit

Some ingredients for animal food need a permit before they can be imported into New Zealand. The import health standards (IHS) will tell you if a permit is needed.

Fee typeFee (excl GST)Fee (incl GST)
  • Permit to import ingredients of plant origin
  • Permit to import ingredients of animal origin
$191.95* $220.74*
* If processing your application takes longer than one-and-a-half hours, additional time will be charged at an hourly rate of $102.27 excluding GST or $117.61 including GST.

Border clearance charges

MPI may charge you for costs related to inspecting your ingredients for animal food when they arrive in New Zealand.

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.

Set fees for animal product imports from the European Union and Switzerland

If your ingredients are animal products from the European Union or Switzerland, specific fees will apply.

Other charges

Costs for class determination of animal food ingredients

You may need to get an exemption under the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act to import your ingredient for animal foods.

To get an exemption, you'll need to apply for a class determination of your product. The cost of this is listed on the application form.

Testing or treatment charges

If your ingredients for animal food need testing or treating, you'll have to pay for these services. You may also have to pay storage costs at a transitional facility.

Contact the individual facility for their charges.

Find out more

Who to contact

If you have questions about importing fees and charges, email info@mpi.govt.nz.

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