Fees & charges

You'll be charged for services provided by MPI and other service providers when you're importing avian hatching eggs.


What our fees cover

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

Activities and services we 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 transport, storage, treatment or laboratory costs.

Import permit

Some avian hatching eggs need a permit before they can be imported into New Zealand. The import health standards (IHS) for your product will tell you if a permit is needed.

Fee typeFee (excl GST)Fee (incl GST)
Application for permit to import live animals into a quarantine, containment or transitional facility (other than cats, dogs and horses), including avian hatching eggs  $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 avian hatching eggs when they arrive in New Zealand. Charges vary depending on where the eggs are from.

Avian hatching eggs from the European Union

Specific charges apply to avian hatching eggs from the European Union.

Fee typeFee (excl GST)Fee (incl GST)
Hatching eggs – for each consignment  $28.19 $32.42

Avian hatching eggs from other countries

If avian hatching eggs are from countries outside the European Union, hourly rates will apply.

Fee typeFee (excl GST)Fee (incl GST)
Biosecurity inspector – hourly rate  $102.27 an hour $117.61 an hour 

Veterinary inspections

You will be charged an hourly rate for MPI's veterinary inspector to check and monitor your eggs. If the inspector has to travel to the transitional facility, travel charges will also apply.

Fee typeFee (excl GST)Fee (incl GST)
Veterinary professional or inspector for live animal inspections (hourly rate)  $186.30 $214.25
Veterinary professional/inspector – at time-and-a-half $252.17 $290
Veterinary professional/inspector – at double time $318.04 $365.75
Travel charge (distance travelled from base)
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.

Other charges

Transitional facility and treatment charges

Hatching eggs must be incubated and hatched at a transitional facility. You will need to pay these costs, as well as the costs of any treatments the eggs may require.

Contact the individual facility or treatment provider to find out their charges.

Find out more

Who to contact

If you have any questions about importing costs, email info@mpi.govt.nz

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