Fees and charges when importing semen and embryos

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

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.

Import permit

In most cases, you'll need a permit to import semen and embryos into New Zealand.

You do not need an import permit for:

  • equine (horse) semen
  • frozen canine semen.
Fee typeFee (excl GST)Fee (incl GST)
Application for permit to import semen or embryos $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 semen and embryos when they arrive in New Zealand.


Hourly rateFee (excl GST)Fee (incl GST)
Biosecurity inspector – hourly rate* $102.27 $117.61

*Hourly rate charges also apply to waiting times.

Other border clearance charges

You may also be charged extra fees if MPI's inspector has to:

  • travel to inspect your goods
  • wait before an inspection can start
  • be called out after hours.

Find other border clearance charges that may apply to imports

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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