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Proposals to improve some cost recovery arrangements for animal and wine products

UPDATE – 1 November 2021

Changes to fees and charges

Following consultation, MPI confirmed new food system charges. Regulations for the changes were gazetted on 1 October and the changes took effect from 1 November 2021.

Cabinet paper

Proposed updates to animal products and wine cost recovery – Cabinet paper [PDF, 778 KB]

Cost recovery impact statements

Animal products and wine approvals [PDF, 323 KB]

Germplasm [PDF, 1 MB]

Dairy levies [PDF, 571 KB]

Poultry levy [PDF, 554 KB]

Summary of changes

Animal Products (Fees, Charges, and Levies) Amendment Regulations 2021

Animal Products (Dairy Industry Fees, Charges, and Levies) Amendment Regulations 2021

Wine Amendment Regulations 2021

Have your say

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) sought your feedback on 7 proposals to update current cost recovery settings for a range of existing services, including:

  • levies on:
    • poultry
    • bees
    • dairy
  • unit charges for livestock germplasm exports
  • fees for applications for a number of animal products and wine approvals.

Two of these proposals had been consulted on previously but were put on hold due to COVID-19.

Full details are in the 3 consultation documents

Summary table of proposed changes

   Description Current rate
(excluding GST)
Proposed rate
(excluding GST)

Proposals previously consulted on


Recognising variability in charging for animal products and wine approvals

Updating the application fee for some activities to ensure the fee reflects the typical processing time.

Fixed fee based on half or one hour, at NZD$135.00 per hour base rate

Fixed fees that reflect time taken to complete service, based on NZD$135.00 per hour base rate, with ability to charge additional hours for complex applications.


Unit charges on livestock germplasm exports

Update unit charges for exporting ruminant germplasm and embryos (bovine, ovine, caprine, cervine).

NZD$0.06 per unit

Averaged or specific rates (MPI preferred option).

Potential rates range from NZD$0.08 to NZD$22.64 per unit.

Proposals not previously consulted on


Increase Poultry Levy

Update levies to reflect volume and cost changes since the levies were last set.

NZD$0.00443 per bird

NZD$0.005297 per bird


Increase Domestic Bee Levy

NZD$471.80 per annum

NZD$625.00 per annum


Increase Export Bee Levy

NZD$1005.70 per annum

NZD$1,280.00 per annum


Decrease Dairy Standards Large Processor Levy

NZD$4,935,867 recovered per annum

NZD$4,279,580 recovered per annum


Decrease Dairy Large Exporter Levy

NZD$1,355,100 recovered per annum

NZD$834,567 recovered per annum

Consultation documents

Proposed changes to levies under the Animal Products Act 1999 [PDF, 856 KB]

Recognising variability in animal product and wine services [PDF, 879 KB]

Proposed unit charge rates on livestock germplasm exports [PDF, 895 KB] 

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