Fees and charges for dairy exports

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

What our fees cover

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

  • processing your exporter registration application
  • developing overseas market access and export standards
  • registering or amending a risk management programme (RMP)
  • accessing the electronic certification (E-cert) system.

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

Registering as an exporter

Activity type Charge (excl GST) Charge (incl GST)
Annual exporter registration fee  $135 $155.25 

Levies for dairy exporters

MPI charges dairy exporters an annual levy to cover work we do:

  • developing and maintaining overseas market access standards
  • developing standards for export products.
Annual levies for dairy exporters  Due date  Levy (excl GST) Levy (incl GST) 
Annual levy for small dairy exporters (businesses that exported less than or equal to 466,000 kg of dairy products in the previous financial year)  30 September  $200 $230
Annual levy for large dairy exporters (businesses that exported more than 466,000 kg of dairy products in the previous financial year) Payable in equal quarterly instalments 

Amount varies. It's calculated each year using a formula based on how much you exported in the previous year, and the overall amount of exports by large dairy exporters in that same year. 

See formula in Animal Products (Dairy Industry Fees, Charges, and Levies) Regulations 2015 – NZ Legislation website

If you are a new small dairy exporter, the levy you pay will be adjusted based on when we approve your application to register. Charges change at the start of each quarter.

Adjusted levies for new small dairy exporters

Month application to register is approved  Levy (excl GST) Levy (incl GST) 
July to September $200 $230
October to December $150 $172.50
January to March $100 $115
April to June $50 $57.50

Fee for exporters of infant formula

If you're exporting infant formula to a country that doesn't need official assurances – you'll need an export declaration for each consignment.

Fees for each export declaration are payable monthly.

The fee payable for each declaration is $33.75, plus $135 an hour after the first quarter of an hour (excluding GST).

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 type Charge (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.

Use of E-cert system  Charge type  Charge
Use of electronic certification system  Charge for each unit of activity  See formula in the Animal Products (Fees, Charges, and Levies) Regulations 2007 – NZ Legislation website

Risk management programme charges

Dairy products for export must be produced under a registered risk management programme (RMP). You'll need to pay MPI to register or amend your RMP.

Activity type  Charge (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.

More information about these verification charges is on the New Zealand Legislation website.

Animal Products (Dairy Industry Fees, Charges, and Levies) Regulations 2015 – New Zealand Legislation

Other charges

Market access work

MPI will charge you for any work it does on your behalf relating to market access functions.

Activity type  Fee (excl GST) Fee (incl GST) 
Application for market access functions (each application) $135 (includes first hour) $155.25
Each complete hour of work (after first hour) $135 $155.25
Each 15-minute block in final hour of work $33.75 $38.81

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

Free sale certificates and free sale statement costs

Some countries may not require an official assurance for dairy products. They may instead seek a free sale certificate (FSC) or free sale statement (FSS) to confirm your products comply with New Zealand standards.

MPI will charge you $50 excluding GST ($57.50 including GST) for each FSC, and $32 excluding GST ($36.80 including GST) for each FSS.

Find out more about FSCs and FSASs


MPI will charge you for reasonable costs that we incur during the work we do for you. This includes costs like photocopying, printing, or courier costs.

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