Updated fees and charges

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

Why we charge

MPI provides a range of important biosecurity and food safety services, which are critical to the operation and viability of New Zealand's primary industries, and to ensure the safety of consumers of New Zealand products, both at home and abroad. 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 the majority of 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.

MPI completed its annual cost recovery process for the fishing industry. The new levies took effect on 1 October 2016.

Download the latest levies [XLSX, 37 KB]

Updated regulations

These regulations came into effect on 1 October 2016.

Changes from 1 July 2016 – animal products

To ensure we are charging the appropriate fees for our services, MPI regularly reviews its fees and charges for the essential services it provides industry. As part of this we have recently consulted on and reviewed some of the fees and charges for the services we provide the animal products industry. Changes to some of these fees and charges will come into effect on 1 July 2016.

Summary of changes

We have updated fees and charges for a few sectors, including:

  • specific fees, charges, and levies for farmers selling raw milk to consumers
  • an extension of the scope of fees and charges for infant formula to include all infant formula products and formulated supplementary food for young children. This is for the purpose of issuing exporter declarations for exports to non-official assurance markets
  • an amendment to lower the export fee for the export of budgies, lovebirds, cockatiels, finches, and rosellas.

Related regulatory changes

  • an amendment to allow the Director-General to require monthly or annual reports of processing volume from animal processors
  • a correction to regulations to ensure that cool stores, other storage premises and processors of fish can be charged the full cost of verification services.

Updated regulations

These changes were gazetted on 19 May 2016 and will come into effect on 1 July 2016.

Animal Products (Dairy Industry Fees, Charges, and Levies) Amendment Regulations 2016 – NZ Legislation website

Animal Products (Fees, Charges, and Levies) Amendment Regulations 2016 – NZ Legislation website

Changes from 1 July 2015

In February 2015, MPI consulted widely about our charges. We incorporated much of the feedback from people we consulted and announced the new fees regime in March 2015. The new fees came into effect on 1 July 2015.

What you'll be charged

During the transition, the rates we charge you will depend on when your application or work begins.

  • If you have work with MPI that started before 1 July 2015, 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 2015 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 2015 will be charged at the new rates.

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

What you'll pay

If you're an importer or exporter, you can find fees information tailored to your product in our information for:

We're changing the way we provide information online as part of our website redevelopment. While we've identified many of MPI's charges for importing and exporting some goods, we've yet to do the same for other activities – like growing and processing. More comprehensive fees information won't be available online until we've finished building this new website.

In the meantime, depending on what you're growing or processing – you will need to check the schedule in the regulations. You might need to check more than one schedule to find all the costs related to your product.

Check the new regulations

You can view the regulations on the NZ Legislation website:

Note:  These regulations do not list all MPI's charges. There are other fees set under other Acts (like the Fisheries Act) and there are other charges that are not set by regulation (like some laboratory fees).

Find out more

Who to contact

If you have any questions about MPI's fees and charges, email info@mpi.govt.nz.

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