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Cost recovery updates for some biosecurity, agriculture, and food systems services

Update – 25 June 2020

In recognition of COVID-19’s impact on industry, the Government has put all border fee rises on hold. Therefore, the package will not be progressing and the rates from 1 July 2020 will remain at the current levels.

Have your say

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is seeking your feedback on 5 proposals to update cost recovery for existing services.

The proposals are to update current cost recovery settings for a range of services, including:

  • levies for arriving travellers and for importers of goods, and fees for a range of biosecurity services
  • livestock germplasm exports
  • applications for a number of animal products and wine approvals.

Full details are in the 3 consultation documents. A summary table of the proposed changes is below.

The consultation runs to 16 December 2019.

Consultation documents

Proposals to update cost recovery for some services in New Zealand’s biosecurity system [PDF, 1.9 MB]

Proposed unit charge rates on livestock germplasm exports [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Updating charges for selected animal products and wine approvals [PDF, 372 KB]

What changes are we proposing?



(excluding GST)


(excluding GST)





Biosecurity system

Update Border Clearance Levy (BCL) passenger levy rates.

Update the maximum that can be levied (the cap) under the BCL.

Non-cruise rate



Non-cruise cap



Cruise rate



Cruise cap



Update the Biosecurity System Entry Levy (BSEL) goods levy rate.

Update the maximum that can be levied (the cap) under the BSEL.

BSEL rate



BSEL cap



Update fees to recover the cost of biosecurity services.


$102.27 per hour base rate

$138.00 per hour

base rate

Livestock germplasm

Update unit charges for services related to exporting ruminant germplasm and embryos.

Options on sharing costs by germplasm type




Food system


Base animal products and wine approvals on actual time (no change to $135.00 base hourly rate).


Ensure fees better reflect the processing time


Fee based on half or one hour

Fee based on typical time to process

Options for variable component

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the proposed changes by 5pm on 16 December 2019 to

We encourage you to make your submission using the applicable template. A separate template is available for each of the consultation documents:

While we prefer email, you can post your submission to:

Consultation: Cost recovery proposals for 1 July 2020
Cost Recovery Directorate
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140.

What to include

Make sure you include in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document
  • your name and title
  • your organisation’s name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation) and whether your submission represents the whole organisation or a section of it
  • your contact details (such as phone number, address and/or email).

Submissions are official information

Submissions are official information and may be the subject of requests under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA specifies that information is to be available to requesters unless there is a good reason for withholding it.

Submitters may wish to indicate grounds for withholding specific information in their submissions, such as where they consider information is commercially sensitive or they wish personal information be withheld. We will consider these requests in accordance with the provisions of the OIA.

Should we decide to withhold information on request, any such decision is reviewable by the Ombudsman.