Fees and charges for exporting meat

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

What our fees cover

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

  • registering as an exporter
  • registering or updating your risk management programme
  • developing standards for the meat and game export industry (through a levy)
  • official assurance (export certificates)
  • accessing MPI's 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.

Registering as an exporter

Activity typeCharge (excl GST)Charge (incl GST)
Annual exporter registration fee  $135 for each application $155.25 for each application

Levies for meat processors

MPI charges a levy to processors of meat, ostrich, emu, and game meat to cover our costs in developing requirements and standards for the meat and game industry.

Levies for premises where animals are slaughtered

If you are slaughtering animals for export, you'll be charged a levy for each head. Monthly invoices are based on actual kill numbers.

Levy (for each head) Charge (excl GST) Charge (incl GST) 
Lambs, bobby calves  $0.150 each  $0.1725
Goats  $0.125 $0.14375
Horses  $0.872 $1.0028
Sheep  $0.169 $0.19435
Pigs  $0.311 $0.35765
Cattle  $1.047 $1.20405
Deer $0.872 $1.0028
Ostriches, emus  $0.872 $1.0028
Other species (other than fish)  $0.27 $0.3105
Farmed Leporidae* $0.04  $0.046
*MPI has a partial waiver in place for farmed Leporidae.

Levy for other meat processors

If you are a secondary processor of meat for export, but do not slaughter animals, MPI will charge you an annual levy.

Levy typeLevy (excl GST)Levy (incl GST)
Primary or secondary meat processors (that do not slaughter) $784.50 $902.18

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.

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

To get an official assurance for export meat products, meat processors must have 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.

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

Other charges

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

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Who to contact

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

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