Fees and charges for importing invertebrates

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

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.

Import permit

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.

Fee typeFee (excl GST)Fee (incl GST)
Permit to import live animals into quarantine, containment, or transitional facility



* 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 will inspect your documents at the border, but animal inspections have to be done at an MPI-approved transitional and/or containment facility.

Fee typeFee (excl GST)Fee (incl GST)

Biosecurity inspector – hourly rate*



Travel charges for MPI inspectors

Travel within zone 1 – up to 4km from base



Travel within zone 2 – over 4km and up to 10km from base



Travel within zone 3 – over 10km and up to 25km from base



Travel within zone 4 – over 25km and up to 50km from base



Travel more than 50km 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 rates also apply to waiting times.

Facility costs

Invertebrates have to be held at a suitable MPI-approved transitional and/or containment facility for inspection.

Along with MPI's inspection charges, you will have to pay any charges relating to:

  • transporting your invertebrates to the facility
  • treatment costs.

Contact the individual facility for information about their fees and charges.

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Who to contact

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

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