Updated fees and charges

MPI recovers the cost of providing our services from individuals and industry. Most of these fees are set out in legal regulations.

Changes from 1 July 2018

In February 2018, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) consulted widely about our amended and new charges. We incorporated much of the feedback from people we consulted and announced the amended and new fees in May 2018. The new fees come into effect on 1 July 2018.

What you'll be charged

The rates we charge you from 1 July 2018 will depend on when your application or work began. If you have work with MPI that started before July 2018, this will continue to be charged at the old rates until the work is complete.

Any work or applications received and accepted by MPI (and the applications are assessed as complete) before 1 July 2018 will be charged at old rates until the work is complete.

All work and applications received and accepted by MPI on or after 1 July 2018 will be charged at the new rates.

Who to contact

If you have any questions about how these changes apply to you:

Why we charge

MPI provides a range of important services that are critical to the operation and viability of New Zealand's primary industries, and to ensure the safety of consumers of New Zealand products. These services include:

  • biosecurity inspections to prevent pests entering the country
  • developing and maintaining domestic and overseas standards for food and other products
  • monitoring and testing products to ensure consumer safety
  • gaining market access and providing assurances to overseas customers.

To continue to provide these services and to ensure the quality of our systems, we recover most costs for our services from industry and individuals. We're also required by law to recover costs from those who most directly benefit from these services. Collecting these fees means MPI can continue to play its integral role in the growth of our $37.4 billion primary sector export industry. MPI ensures New Zealanders and overseas consumers can trust New Zealand products to be safe and to meet standards.

What you'll pay

You can find fees and charges information tailored to your product type in our information for:

Legislation listing fees and charges

You can also check legislation for fees and charges on the NZ Legislation website. 

Note:  These regulations do not list all MPI's charges. There are some charges that are not set by regulation (like some laboratory fees).

Changes to fees and charges

To ensure MPI is charging the appropriate fees for services, we regularly review our fees and charges. 

Food safety and biosecurity changes from 1 July 2018 

In 2018, MPI consulted on changes to the way we charge for selected biosecurity and food system services. Regulations for the changes were gazetted on 30 May 2018 and the changes take effect on 1 July 2018.

Table of 2018 changes

ChangeReasonFee typeCurrent
(excl GST)
(excl GST)

Increase the maximum levy rate to allow for an increase in the Biosecurity System Entry Levy (BSEL).

Improve equity by charging importers the full costs of biosecurity services at the border relating to goods

Maximum levy rate





BSEL rate only




Joint Border Management System rate (paid in addition)          




(all rates are per consignment)



Allow the levy period for the Border Clearance Levy (BCL) to be extended to up to 36 months

  • Improve equity between travellers
  • Reduce volatility in BCL rates
  • More transparency with stakeholders

Levy period

12 months

up to 36 months

Align biosecurity inspection rates for all jurisdictions


Improve equity by ensuring charges are the same for importers from all jurisdictions. Requires update to charges for the European Union and Switzerland

Biosecurity inspection (animal/pet)          



Charged according to time required.

Rate per hour:

Biosecurity inspector – $102.27
Vet inspector – $186.30

$49.61 per pet animal unless it requires veterinary inspection.

Inspection of


Other types of


inspector per hour


Update Animal Products Act (APA) 1999 levies to recover historical and ongoing deficits for:

  • red meat
  • dairy
  • fish processors 

Improve equity and justifiability by ensuring businesses using APA services are charged full costs

Red meat, dairy, and fish processor levies

20 rates, based on volumes processed or exported*

Range of changes including:

  • decrease in red meat domestic rates
  • increase in fish export rate

Introduce new charges relating to templates for food control plans developed by third parties under the Food Act, and for a small number of low volume services


Improve equity by ensuring comparable MPI charges


Approvals, amendments and renewal of a third party template


(new charge)

$155 per hour

Other charges     


(new charge)


Range of fixed fees, based on above hourly rate

Introduce a targeted rate to address 2015/16 under-recovery of circuit verifications for cool stores, dry stores and fish processing facilities

Improve equity and justifiability by ensuring businesses using verification services are charged full costs

Circuit verification


(new charge)

$23.60 per hour
for 2 years only
(in addition to the general hourly rates)

*Details of APA levy rates [PDF, 20 KB]

Amendment regulations

Fishing levies as of 1 October 2018

MPI completes an annual cost recovery process for the fishing industry. The latest levies took effect on 1 October 2018.

Previous changes to fees and charges

Following consultation, some fees and charges for services we provide for food safety, biosecurity, and the animal products industry were changed in 2015 and 2016. 

Who to contact

If you have any questions about MPI's fees and charges:

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