Fees and charges for importing vehicles, machinery, or parts

You'll be charged for services provided by MPI and other service providers when you're importing vehicles, machinery, or tyres.

What our fees cover

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) calculates fees on a cost-recovery basis.

Activities and services we may charge for include:

  • 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 charges.

Border clearance charges

MPI inspects vehicles, machinery and tyres for harmful organisms like pests and diseases. Costs for these services vary depending on how the vehicles are imported.

Vehicle inspection or re-inspection at approved places of first arrival

Break bulk vehicles will be inspected at the port, and a fixed charge will apply for each vehicle.

Vehicle typeFee for each vehicle (excl GST)Fee for each vehicle (incl GST)
Motorcycles or mopeds $18.08 $20.79
Used motor vehicles of less than 3,500 kg $49.53 $56.96
Used motor vehicles of more than 3,500 kg $60.79 $69.91

Charges for inspecting tyres, machinery and vehicles at transitional facilities

Vehicles that are imported in containers or that arrive by air will be inspected at transitional facilities. An hourly rate charge applies for these inspections.

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.

Other charges

If vehicles, machinery, and tyres need to be cleaned, treated or decontaminated after arriving in New Zealand, MPI may add reinspection charges at the hourly rate.

You'll also need to contact your treatment provider for their fees.

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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