Fees & charges

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


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 and storage costs.

Import permit

Laboratory animals need a permit before they can be imported into New Zealand. The import health standard (IHS) for your laboratory animal will tell you if a permit is needed.

Fee typeFee (excl GST)Fee (incl GST)
  • Permit to import live animals into quarantine, containment, or transitional facility
  • Permit to transit dogs, cats, ruminants, lamoids, horses, and laboratory animals
$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 will inspect your documents at the border, but animal inspections have to be done at an MPI-approved containment facility.

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 4km from base $34.86 $40.09
Travel within zone 2 – over 4km and up to 10km from base $70.75 $81.36
Travel within zone 3 – over 10km and up to 25km from base $109.24 $125.63
Travel within zone 4 – over 25km and up to 50km from base $149.19 $171.57
Travel more than 50km 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 rates also apply to waiting times.

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

Specific fees apply to all live animals, including laboratory animals, imported directly from the European Union or Switzerland.

Fee typeFee (excl GST)Fee (incl GST)
Border clearance or direction to a transitional or containment facility – for each consignment of laboratory animals  $28.19 $32.42

Containment facility costs

Laboratory animals have to be held at an MPI-approved containment facility for inspection.

Along with MPI's inspection charges, you will have to pay any charges relating to:

  • transporting your laboratory animals to the facility
  • treatment costs.

Contact the individual containment facility for information about their fees and charges.

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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