Fines

There is no law against bringing biosecurity risk goods into the country as long as you declare them. On arriving in New Zealand you are required to fill out a New Zealand Passenger Arrival Card, which is a legal document. False or incorrect declarations can result in fines, imprisonment or both.

People failing to declare biosecurity risk goods can be fined up to $100,000 and/or face up to five years in prison. People failing to declare risk goods can receive an instant $400 fine. 

Payment Options

Approved Credit Card

Pay an infringement fee via our online payment system (offsite link to www.paymentsonline.co.nz).

Internet Banking

For New Zealand account holders using the bank account number specified on the Infringement Notice; and the pax ref. number and/or notice number as the reference.

Cheque

If you live in New Zealand and have a New Zealand bank account you may send a personal cheque, made payable to Ministry for Primary Industries.

If you live overseas and would like to pay by cheque you must arrange a Bank Cheque in New Zealand dollars made payable to "Ministry for Primary Industries" The bank cheque must be drawn on a New Zealand bank, the name and address of that bank must be shown on the front of the cheque.

Cash

Cash payments are accepted at any International Airport in New Zealand. Please do not send cash in the post.

  • Phone: (0064) 09 909 8517 
  • Fax: (0064) 9 909 8560
  • Email: infringement.fines@mpi.govt.nz
  • Postal: MPI Enforcement Group
    PO Box 53 137
    Auckland International Airport
    Manukau 2150
    Auckland
    New Zealand
  • In person: International Airports in New Zealand

One of New Zealand’s greatest assets is its relative geographical isolation.  Less than 10% of the world’s pests and diseases occur in New Zealand.  Being a small island country, known for its lush vegetation, farming and natural beauty, major parts of the economy are dependent on the country’s environment.  That is why just one new pest or disease could be devastating.

Page last updated: 29 August 2014