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Proposed changes to MPI's food system fees, levies, and cost recovery

Have your say

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) would like your feedback on 16 proposals to update current cost recovery settings for a range of existing services, including fee and levy resets for:

  • bees
  • fish
  • wine
  • circuit verifiers.

Some minor technical and regulatory improvements are also being proposed.

Full details are in the consultation document.

Consultation document

Proposed changes to cost recovery in MPI's food system [PDF, 2.3 MB]

Summary of what's being proposed


Current rate (excl. GST)

Proposed rate (excl. GST)

Proposals to reset fees and levies

Proposal 1 – Decrease the export wine levy

$0.01 per litre

$0.0055 per litre

Proposal 2 – Increase the export fish levy

$1.12 per tonne

$1.55 per tonne

Proposal 3 – Increase the circuit verification fee rate

$176 per hour

$230.50 per hour

Proposal 4 – Increase the export bee levy

$1005.70 per annum

$2443.00 per annum

Proposal 5 – Decrease the domestic bee levy

$471.80 per annum

$308 per annum

Minor technical and regulatory improvements

Proposal 6 – Update the shift rate for establishment services

$41 per shift per verifier

$45 per shift per verifier

Proposal 7 – Introduce an on-call rate for veterinarians


$45 per shift

Proposal 8 – Update the after-hours rates for veterinarians providing live animal, germplasm, and animal welfare services



Proposal 9 – Introduce a veterinarian rate for vet work at transitional facilities and containment facilities

$887.70 plus $102.27 after first 8 hours

$887.70 plus $102.27 or $186.30 after first 8 hours

Proposal 10 – Exempt more assistance dogs leaving New Zealand from charges 

Approx. $400 per assistance dog


Proposal 11 – Introduce a fixed charge for cats or dogs when they are imported and exported


Imports: $300 plus $186.30 or $102.27 after the first 150 minutes.

Exports: $400 plus $186.30 or $102.27 after the first 150 minutes.

Proposal 12 – Update Biosecurity Regulations to include cat and dog importers



Proposal 13 – Remove references to 'medium processors' from the Animal Products Act 1999



Proposal 14 – Update the unit of measurement used in relation to the transport of equine semen



Proposal 15 – Increase the imported food clearance fee

Charges based on $120 per hour

Charges based on $135 per hour

Proposal 16 – Reintroduce the aquaculture services levy


$88.50 per licence or coastal permit

MPI will take into consideration all feedback received when finalising proposals for the Government to consider. Any agreed changes will take effect from 1 July 2022.

Making your submission

You can make your submission using the submission form.

Download and complete the submission template [DOCX, 114 KB]

Note that your response does not need to be limited to answering the questions provided on the submission form – you may also leave additional feedback in the space provided.

Make sure you include in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation: 'Proposed Changes to Cost Recovery in MPI’s Food System'
  • 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 your phone number, address, and email).

Submissions must be made by email by 5pm on 14 February 2022 to

Submissions are public information

Note that all, part, or a summary of your submission may be published on this website. Most often this happens when we issue a document that reviews the submissions received.

People can also ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the content of submissions available unless we have good reason for withholding it. Those reasons are detailed in Sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

If you think there are grounds to withhold specific information from publication, make this clear in your submission or contact us separately. Reasons for withholding may include that a submission discloses commercially sensitive or personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold details can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may direct us to release it.

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