Fees and charges for exporting inedible animal products

You'll be charged for services provided by MPI and other service providers when you're exporting inedible animal products.

What our fees cover

The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) calculates fees on a cost-recovery basis. Activities and services we charge for include:

  • processing your exporter registration application
  • listing as an export-approved premises
  • issuing an official assurance (export certificate)
  • registering or amending a risk management programme (RMP).

Not all the charges on this page may apply to you, and there may be other charges not listed here – like storage and transport costs.

Registering as an exporter

Activity typeCharge (excl GST)Charge (incl GST)
Annual exporter registration fee $135 for each application $155.25 for each application
Application for approval of premises (when needed to meet export requirements) $135 for each application $155.25 for each application

Levy for exporters of hides and skins

If you're processing hides and skins for export, MPI will charge you a yearly levy for:

  • developing requirements and standards for the hides and skins industry
  • negotiating access to export markets. 

Levy for processors

Levy typeFee (excl GST)Fee (incl GST)
Yearly levy for processors of hides and skins for export $136 $156.40

Official assurance

If there is an overseas market access requirement for the country you're exporting to, you'll likely need an official assurance, or export certificate, before you can send your product.

Activity typeCharge (excl GST)Charge (incl GST) 
Issue of an official assurance  $33.75, plus an hourly rate of $135 after the first 15 minutes  $38.81, plus an hourly rate of $155.25 after the first 15 minutes 
Reissue of an official assurance if replacement demanded by an importing country  $405, plus an hourly rate of $135 after 3 hours of assessment, plus disbursements at cost $465.75, plus an hourly rate of $155.25 after 3 hours of assessment, plus disbursements at cost

Access to the E-cert system

MPI uses an online web application called E-cert to issue official assurances and approve consignments for export. E-cert tracks products from the time they're produced until they're exported.

Exporters are charged to use E-cert.

Activity typeCharge typeCharge
Use of E-cert For each unit of activity See formula in the Animal Products (Fees, Charges, and Levies) Regulations 2007 – NZ Legislation website

Risk management programme charges

To get an official assurance for most export animal products, processors must have a registered risk management programme (RMP). Some inedible animal products, like hunting trophies, are exempt from this requirement.

You'll need to pay MPI to register or amend your RMP.

Activity typeCharge (excl GST)Charge (incl GST)
Application for registration of an RMP $135 $155.25
Amendment to an RMP $67.50 $77.63

Verification services

You'll have to pay MPI or another verification provider for services, including inspecting and auditing your risk management programme, each year.

You'll find more information about these verification charges on the New Zealand Legislation website.

Other charges

Statement of a New Zealand standard

MPI can provide a statement confirming your product has met relevant requirements under the Animal Products Act. We will charge you for this service.

Activity typeCharge (excl GST)Charge  (incl GST)
Issue of statement of a New Zealand standard $32 $36.80

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Who to contact

If you have questions about MPI's fees and charges for exporting, email info@mpi.govt.nz.  

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