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

Have your say

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is seeking 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 have 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]

Making your submission

MPI welcomes submissions on the proposals within these consultation documents and any other related matters that you consider MPI has missed. You can find questions at the end of each proposal in the documents.

All submissions must be received no later than 5pm on 26 March 2021.

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

Submission templates

Proposed changes to levies under the Animal Products Act 1999 [DOCX, 89 KB]

Recognising variability in charging for Animal Products and Wine Approvals [DOCX, 65 KB]

Proposed unit charge rates for livestock germplasm exports [DOCX, 77 KB]


Email your submission to

While we prefer email, you can post written submissions to:

Cost Recovery Directorate
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140.

What to include

Make sure you tell us 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 email).

Submissions are public information

Note that your submission is official information and may be the subject of requests for information under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA specifies that information is to be made available to requesters unless there are sufficient grounds for withholding it, as set out in the OIA.

Submitters may wish to indicate grounds for withholding specific information contained in their submission, such as the information is commercially sensitive or they wish personal information to be withheld. Any decision to withhold information requested under the OIA is reviewable by the Ombudsman.