Fees and charges for importing horses

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

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 charges for MPI inspectors.

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

Import permit

Horses, apart from most horses from Australia, need a permit before they can be imported into New Zealand.

Fee typeFee (excl GST)Fee (incl GST)
Application for permit to import horses $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 horses when they arrive in New Zealand. This inspection may happen at the border (horses from Australia) or at a containment facility (horses from all other countries).

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

*Hourly rate charges also apply to waiting times.

Travel charges for MPI inspectors

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

Travel charge (distance travelled from base)Fee (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

Quarantine costs

Horses from countries other than Australia must spend at least 2 weeks in quarantine after arriving in New Zealand.

The only approved facility for horses is International Racehorse Transit (IRT). Contact IRT for more information about its charges.

Transport costs

You may have to pay to have your horse moved to a quarantine facility by an MPI-approved provider.

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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