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

UPDATE – 1 July 2022

Changes to fees and charges

Following consultation, there are changes to MPI’s cost recovery settings. New regulations were gazetted on 23 May 2022 and the changes take effect on 1 July 2022.

All but one change affects the food system. The other change is the reinstatement of the aquaculture services levy.

The tables below summarise the changes. More information can be found in the Cabinet papers and regulatory impact statement below.

Part one: Resets of fees and levies to address surpluses and deficits

Description

Final changes

Export wine levy

1Decreases the export wine levy from $0.01 to $0.005 per litre under the Wine Act 2003 to prevent forecast surpluses

Export fish levy

2 Increases the export fish levy from $1.12 to $1.55 per tonne under the Animal Products Act 1999 (APA) to recover historical and forecast deficits

Export bee levy

3 Increases the export bee levy from $1,005.70 to $2,566.08 per annum under the APA to recover historical and forecast deficits

Domestic bee levy

4 – Decreases the domestic bee levy from $471.80 to $431.08 per annum and refund eligible operators*

Circuit verification fee

5 Increases the rate from $176 to $230.50 per hour under the APA to recover historical and forecast deficits

* The work to refund operators is currently underway. MPI will contact all eligible operators in due course.

Part Two: minor design improvements and rate changes

Description

Final changes

Shift rate

6 - Updates the shift rate for establishment services

On Call Rate for Veterinarian Services

7 – Introduces an on-call rate for veterinarians

After-Hours Rates

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

Assistance Dogs

9 – Exempts more assistance dogs leaving New Zealand from charges  

Dairy Processor

10 – Removes references to ‘medium processors’ from the APA

Equine Semen

11 – Corrects the unit of measurement used in relation to the transport of equine semen

Imported Food – Border Clearance

12 – Increases the imported food clearance fee to reflect actual costs

Aquaculture Services Levy

13 – Reinstates the aquaculture services levy

Application for Product Disposition

14 – Updates the fee to better reflect the time taken to provide this service

Cabinet papers

Annual Cost Recovery Package 2022: approval to consult on changes to cost recovery settings in the Food Safety System [PDF, 731 KB]

Annual Cost Recovery Package 2022: proposed changes to cost recovery settings in the Food Safety system [PDF, 907 KB]

Changes to Cost Recovery in the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Cost Recovery Settings 2022 [PDF, 796 KB]

Cost recovery impact statement

Cost Recovery Impact Statement Package of cost recovery changes, 2022 [PDF, 2.3 MB]

Consultation background

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) sought 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 also have been 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 was proposed

Change

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

N/A

$45 per shift

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

Varies

Varies

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

$0

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

Varies

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

N/A

N/A

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

N/A

N/A

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

N/A

N/A

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

$0

$88.50 per licence or coastal permit

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

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