What our fees cover
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) calculates fees on a cost-recovery basis.
Activities and services we may charge for include:
- import permits
- border clearance inspections
- travel costs.
Not all the fees on this page may apply to you and there could be other charges not listed here – like travel and storage costs.
Some ingredients for animal food need a permit before they can be imported into New Zealand. The import health standards (IHS) will tell you if a permit is needed.
|From 1 July 2023|
|Fee type||Fee (excl GST)||Fee (incl GST)|
|• Permit to import ingredients of plant origin
• Permit to import ingredients of animal origin
|* If processing your application takes longer than one-and-a-half hours, additional time will be charged at an hourly rate of $155.50 excluding GST or $178.83 including GST.|
Border clearance charges
MPI may charge you for costs related to inspecting your ingredients for animal food when they arrive in New Zealand.
You may also be charged extra fees if MPI's biosecurity inspector has to:
- travel to inspect your goods
- wait before inspection can start
- be called out after hours.