Fees and charges

Depending on the nature of your business, you may be required to pay for services provided by MPI.

Why we charge

MPI recovers the costs for the services we provide, some of which are charged on an hourly basis.

We recover costs from the wine industry for essential services we provide for the domestic and export wine sectors, including:

  • maintaining standards
  • ensuring compliance
  • ensuring New Zealand wine meets international standards
  • helping our wine industry gain market access overseas.

These services and programmes ensure that all New Zealand wine meets domestic and international requirements.

Finding fees and charges

Fees and charges, including GST, are listed on application forms and other relevant documents. In some cases, as well as a flat charge, you may need to pay an hourly rate for assessment or verification.

Find more information about the fees for:

Charges specific to the wine industry

All costs incurred by MPI are recovered under sections 84 and 85 of the Wine Act and Regulation 15 of the Wine Regulations 2006.

The following charges are specific to wine businesses:

  • registration and verification of your Wine Standards Management Plan (WSMP)
  • making an amendment to your WSMP
  • registration as an exporter of non-New Zealand grape wine.

Key fees for winemakers


Charge (incl GST)

Application to register a wine standards management plan (WSMP)


Application to register a change to a WSMP


Application to register a change of operator for a WSMP


Application to register a WSMP in special circumstances


Change of recognised agency for verification purposes


Notification to exempt small winemaker from WSMP


Apply to register as a wine exporter
(only if you export fruit or vegetable wine, cider, mead or non-NZ grape wine)


Registering as a user of Wine E-Cert & amending your Wine E-Cert user access details (New Zealand grape wine exporters only)

No charge

Application to become a recognised person or agency under the Wine Act


All fees are based on a charge of $178.25 an hour for MPI's services. The above fees are based on how long it usually takes MPI to process this type of request. For example, when you apply to register as an importer, you're prepaying for one-and-a-half hours of MPI's time. If it takes longer than that, we'll charge you at $178.25 an hour for each extra hour.

Inspection and verification charges

Charge (incl GST)

Inspection or other compliance activities carried out by a wine officer

$178.25 (an hour)

Verification and audit by the Ministry

$178.25 (an hour)

All fees are listed in Schedule 1 of the Wine Regulations 2006

Laboratory testing rebates

Previously MPI provided rebates to wine exporters for laboratory testing of wine, paid for by Crown funding. As of 1 July 2015, we no longer offer these rebates.

Charges for becoming a verifier, recognised agency or laboratory

If you want to undertake wine verification or testing, you need to pay application fees to become:

  • a recognised person
  • a recognised agency
  • a recognised laboratory.

Find out about application requirements for wine verification

Find out about application requirements for laboratory testing of wine

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