New biosecurity levy rates from 1 July 2015

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The biosecurity system entry levy is charged by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) for security screening of imported goods.

New levy rates come into force on 1 July 2015 and these are set out in the Biosecurity (System Entry Levy) Amendment Order 2015. The rates are summarised as follows:


New rates from 1 July 2015

Biosecurity system entry levy on import entries

$17.37 ($19.98 including GST)

Biosecurity system entry levy on inward cargo reports (air and sea)

$13.15 ($15.12 including GST)

The entry levy is payable on every entry on which an import entry transaction fee is payable.

The inward cargo reports levy is payable on the submission of the Inward Cargo Reports.

Customs collects the fees on behalf of MPI at the same time as the Customs charges, ie, the import entry transaction fee and the inward cargo transaction fees.

Note there has been no change to the IETF but the increase in the biosecurity system entry levy brings the total fees for processing an import entry to $49.24 (GST included).

Further information is available from MPI, or by calling Customs on 0800 428 786 (0800 4 CUSTOMS).


12 June 2015


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