Fees and charges for importing research samples (excluding animal samples)

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

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

Research samples, except trade samples, need a permit before they can be imported into New Zealand. The import health standard for research samples will tell you if a permit is needed.

Fee type

Fee (excl GST)

Fee (incl GST)

Application for permit to import research samples 



*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 inspection of your research samples within an approved transitional facility or biosecurity control area.

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

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

Fee type

Fee (excl GST)

Fee (incl GST)

Biosecurity inspector – hourly rate*



Travel charges for MPI inspectors

Travel within zone 1 – up to 4 km from base



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



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



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



Travel more than 50 km from base **

Hourly rates, plus a mileage charge of $0.67 a kilometre.

Hourly rates, plus a mileage charge of $0.7705 a kilometre.

*Hourly rate charges also apply to waiting times.
** Other travel-related costs may also apply.

Find other border clearance charges that may apply to imports

Other charges

You may also have to pay storage and treatment costs if the MPI inspector finds that your research sample (for example, a coco peat trade sample) are contaminated.

Contact the individual treatment provider for their fees and charges.

Find treatment options and providers

If your research samples are considered high risk, they won’t be inspected on arrival and need to go to an appropriate transitional or containment facility. There are charges associated with the approval process of transitional or containment facilities.

More about transitional and containment facilities and providers

Find out more

Updated fees and charges

Biosecurity (Costs) Regulations 2010 – NZ Legislation

Who to contact

For more information about fees and charges, email info@mpi.govt.nz 

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