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.
Microorganisms may require a permit before they can be imported into New Zealand. The import health standard (IHS) for your product will tell you if a permit is needed.
|From 1 July 2023|
|Fee type||Fee (excl GST)||Fee (incl GST)|
|Application for permit to import biological products, microorganisms, and cell cultures||$233.25||$268.24|
|* 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 microorganisms 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.