Fees and charges for importing cell cultures

You'll be charged for services provided by MPI and other service providers when you're importing cell cultures.

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.

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.

Import permit

Cell cultures may require a permit before they can be imported into New Zealand. The import health standards (IHS) for your product will tell you if a permit is needed.

Fee typeFee (excl GST)Fee (incl GST)
Application for permit to import biological products, microorganisms, and cell cultures  $191.95* $220.74*

* If processing your application takes longer than one-and-a-half hours, additional time will be charged at a rate of $102.27 excluding GST or $117.61 including GST per hour.

Border clearance charges

MPI may charge you for costs related to inspecting your cell cultures when they arrive in New Zealand.

You may be charged extra fees if MPI's biosecurity inspector has to:

  • travel to a transitional or containment facility 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.

Other charges

If your cell cultures are considered high risk, they'll need to go to an MPI-approved transitional or containment facility.

You'll need to contact the individual transitional facility to find out its charges.

Find out more

Who to contact

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

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