What our fees cover
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) calculates fees on a cost-recovery basis.
Activities and services we charge for include:
- import permits
- border clearance inspections
- food safety clearance for foods of high or increased regulatory interest
- inspection and sampling of imported food, associated with obtaining a food safety clearance.
Note, not all the fees on this page may apply to you and there could be other charges not listed here – like transport, storage, treatment or laboratory costs.
Some processed foods need a permit before they can be imported into New Zealand. The import health standards (IHS) will tell you if a permit is needed, and which one to use for your food type.
Check the IHS for your processed food
|Application fee||Fee (excl GST)||Fee (incl GST)|
||$191.95* for each permit||$220.74* for each permit|
* If processing your application takes longer than one-and-a-half hours, additional time will be charged at an hourly rate of $102.27 excluding GST or $117.61 including GST.
Border clearance charges
MPI may charge you for costs related to inspecting your processed foods 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.|