Fees and charges for exporting seafood

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

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
  • developing overseas market access and export standards
  • issuing an official assurance (export certificate)
  • accessing the electronic certification (E-cert) system
  • registering or amending a risk management programme (RMP) or regulated control scheme (RCS).

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

Levy for seafood processors

MPI charges primary processors of fish and bivalve molluscan shellfish (BMS) an annual levy to cover our costs in developing requirements and standards for the seafood industry.

Businesses that process wholly or partly for export will be charged the export levy rate – even if some of their seafood is for the domestic market.

The total levy you will be charged is based on estimates of how many tonnes of fish and/or BMS you're likely to process.

Levy typeLevy for each tonne processed (excl GST)Levy for each tonne processed (incl GST)
Bivalve molluscan shellfish $2.90 $3.335
Fish other than bivalve molluscan shellfish $1.12 $1.288

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.

Some countries may also ask for a catch certificate as official assurance to confirm your fish has been caught in New Zealand waters.

You'll be charged for each type of official assurance.

Activity typeCharge (excl GST)Charge (incl GST)
Issue of a catch certificate $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
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 assurance demanded by 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

Registration and renewal charges for RMPs and RCSs

To get an official assurance for seafood for export, processors must have a:

  • risk management programme (RMP)
  • regulated control scheme (RCS) – if a limited processing fishing vessel or BMS harvest operator.

You'll need to pay MPI to register your RMP, or to register under an RCS.

Risk management programme charges

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

Regulated control scheme charges

Activity typeCharge (excl GST)Charge (incl GST)

Application to register as a BMS harvest operator under an RCS

$135 $155.25
BMS harvest operator registration renewal fee (every 5 years) $135 $155.25
Application to register a limited processing vessel under an RCS $135 $155.25
Limited processing vessel registration renewal $135 $155.25

Other charges for seafood processors that export

Registration, listing, and renewal charges also apply to fish and BMS depots, sorting shed operators, and BMS transport operators.

You'll find these fees and charges listed on the relevant applications forms.

Verification services

You'll have to pay MPI or another verification provider for services, including verifying your RMP or RCS, each year.

More information about these verification charges is 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

Find out more

Who to contact

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

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