Fees and charges for importing inorganics

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

What our fees cover

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) calculates fees on a cost-recovery basis. Activities and services we charge for include 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.

Border clearance charges

MPI may charge you for costs related to inspecting your inorganic material when it arrives in New Zealand. You may 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 type 

Fee (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 inorganic material needs 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.

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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