Fees and charges for importing fertiliser and growing media of plant origin

You'll be charged for services provided by MPI and other service providers when you're importing fertiliser and growing media of plant origin.

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 fees

Many growing media and fertilisers need a permit before they can be imported into New Zealand. The import health standards (IHS) for your product will tell you if a permit is needed.

Fee typeFee (excl GST)Fee (incl GST)
  • Application for permit to import plant products and stockfeed (includes growing media and fertilisers of plant origin), or
  • Application for permit to import biological products, microorganisms and cell cultures
$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 growing media and fertilisers when they arrive in New Zealand.

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.

Charges for MPI inspectors, including travel charges

Fee typeFee (excl GST)Fee (incl GST)
Biosecurity inspector – hourly rate* $102.27 $117.61
Travel charges for MPI inspectors
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.
*Hourly rate charges also apply to waiting times.

Testing or treatment costs

If your growing media or fertilisers need testing or treating, you'll need to pay any costs associated with these services. You may also have to pay storage charges at a transitional facility.

Charges for these services will vary depending on the provider.

Other charges

Costs for class determination of agricultural compounds

You may need to get an exemption under the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act to import some fertiliser products of plant origin.

To get an exemption, you'll need to apply for a class determination of your product. The cost of this is listed on the application form.

Download the form to request a class determination [DOCX, 341 KB]

Find out more

Who to contact

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

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