Fees & charges – general

You will need to pay fees and charges for services provided by MPI and other providers when exporting. This page gives an overview of export fees and charges – for more detailed information check the exporting steps for your product.

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:

User-pays approach to fees and charges

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) recovers the costs for services we supply to exporters. Activities and services we charge for include:

  • registering as an exporter
  • processing applications for approved or recognised persons or premises
  • negotiating overseas market access on your behalf
  • registering, changing, or verifying risk-based management plans, like risk management programmes or Wine Standards Management Plans
  • providing official assurance or export certificates
  • using MPI's electronic certification systems.

MPI may also charge you for its actual and reasonable costs in providing these services. This includes costs like courier charges, stationery and accommodation.

You may also have to pay for other services not outlined here – such as storage and transportation costs.

Levies for exporters

MPI charges some levies to businesses producing or processing products and animals for export. These levies help cover the cost of:

  • developing standards for export products
  • developing and maintaining access to overseas markets.

To find out more, refer to:  

How much will it cost?

You'll find MPI's fees and charges for exporters on individual 'fees and charges' web pages for each export product, commodity, or animal, or on application forms and other relevant documents. Costs will vary depending on what you're exporting, and the destination country.

How to pay

You may need to pay MPI in advance for some services, like registering as an exporter. In other cases, like for exporter levies, MPI will send you an invoice.

You can pay by direct credit, credit card, or cheque. You'll find further details on the relevant forms. 

If you regularly export goods, it's easiest to set up a credit account with MPI.

Download the credit application form [PDF, 395 KB]

Find out more

MPI's fees, charges, and levies for exporters are set out in legislation. Visit the NZ Legislation website to read the:

Who to contact

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

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