Fees and charges for importing fresh fruit and vegetables
You'll be charged for services provided by MPI and other service providers when you're importing fresh fruit and vegetables.
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:
- border clearance inspections
- travel costs.
Note, not all the fees on this page may apply to you and there could be other charges not listed here – like transport, storage, and treatment costs.
Border clearance charges
MPI may charge you for costs related to inspecting your fresh fruit and vegetables 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.
Charges for MPI inspectors, including travel charges
|Fee type||Fee (excl GST)||Fee (incl GST)|
|Biosecurity inspector – hourly rate*||$102.27||$117.61|
|Travel charges for MPI inspectors|
|Travel within zone 1 – up to 4 km from base||$34.86||$40.09|
|Travel within zone 2 – over 4 km and up to 10 km from base||$70.75||$81.36|
|Travel within zone 3 – over 10 km and up to 25 km from base||$109.24||$125.63|
|Travel within zone 4 – over 25 km and up to 50 km from base||$149.19||$171.57|
|Travel more than 50 km from base||Hourly rates, plus a mileage charge of $0.67 a kilometre. Other travel-related costs may also apply.||Hourly rates, plus a mileage charge of $0.7705 a kilometre. Other travel-related costs may also apply.|
|*Hourly rate charges also apply to waiting times.|
If your fresh fruit and vegetables need testing or treating, you'll have to pay for these services. You may also have to pay storage costs at a transitional facility.
Contact the individual facility for their charges.
Find out more
Who to contact
If you have any questions about the costs of importing fresh fruit and vegetables, email email@example.com.