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.
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.
Most invertebrates need a permit before they can be imported into New Zealand. The import health standard (IHS) for your invertebrates will tell you if a permit is needed.
|From 1 July 2023|
|Fee type||Fee (excl GST)||Fee (incl GST)|
|Permit to import live animals into quarantine, containment, or transitional facility||$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 will inspect your documents at the border, but animal inspections have to be done at an MPI-approved transitional and/or containment facility.