Fees and charges for importing farm animals

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

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
  • travel costs for MPI inspectors.

Not all the fees on this page may apply to you and there could be other charges not listed here.

Import permit

Most farm animals need a permit before they can be imported into New Zealand. The import health standard (IHS) will tell you if a permit is needed.

Fee typeFee (excl GST)Fee (incl GST)
  • Permit to import animals to post-arrival address
  • Permit to import live animals into quarantine, containment, or transitional facility
  • Permit to transit animals (including ruminants and lamoids)
$191.95* $220.74*

* 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 farm animals when they arrive in New Zealand. 

Fee typeFee (excl GST)Fee (incl GST)
Biosecurity inspector – hourly rate* $102.27 $117.61
Veterinary professional or inspector for live animal inspections – hourly rate* $186.30 $214.25

*Hourly rates also apply to waiting times.

Travel charges for veterinary inspectors

If the veterinary inspector has to travel to a quarantine facility, then travel charges may apply.

Travel chargesFee (excl GST)Fee (incl GST)
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.

Other charges

Farm animals arriving in New Zealand may need to be taken to a transitional facility for inspection.

Contact individual transitional facilities to find out their 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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