AFB Levy Payments

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the AFB levy calculated?

The rate of levy for 2020 is $40 ($46 including GST) per beekeeper and $1.35 ($1.55 including GST) per bee colony owned by each beekeeper as at 31 March 2020.

What is a bee colony?

A bee colony is a group of honey bees living in a beehive. It includes nucleus hives as well as full beehives.

I don’t have any live beehives at the moment, do I need to pay this AFB levy invoice?

Beekeepers that did not have a live honey bee colony on 31 March 2020 but still have a registered apiary (i.e. they are a registered beekeeper) are required to pay the $40 base levy. Apiary sites must be registered if they have one or more beehives located on them irrespective of whether those beehives are alive or dead.

Beekeepers without any live beehives that wish to cancel their beekeeper registration must remove any deadout beehives from the apiary site and place it into storage prior to deregistering the apiary. If you wish to cancel you beekeeper registration please click here. Your levies will be cleared once this cancellation form has been processed.

What should I do if I am levied for the wrong number of bee colonies?

You can either:

  1. Login to ApiWeb,
    1. check that the number of honey bee colonies recorded on each apiary are correct and make corrections as required, then
    2. submit your Colony Return via ApiWeb, then
    3. send an email to levies@afb.org.nz advising that you require a revised invoice as per the updated Colony Return submitted. An amended invoice will be sent to you once the Colony Return has been processed.

OR

  1. Complete and return your Colony Return form AND send an email to levies@afb.org.nz advising that you require a revised invoice as per the updated Colony Return submitted. An amended invoice will be sent to you once your Colony Return has been processed.

What is a Colony Return?

A Colony Return is a statutory return required for levy collection purposes.

All beekeepers are legally required to declare the number of bee colonies they own on 31 March each year.

You can make your AFB PMP levy payment via the following:

Direct to our bank account:

AFB PMP Management Board
ANZ Bank
06 0317 0615820 02 (or 002)

It is essential you use your beekeeper number as the reference.

Or you may like to send a cheque payable to:

The Management Agency
PO Box 44 282
Lower Hutt 5040

Unfortunately we are unable to receive credit card payments.

Any queries relating to your levies, please direct to levies@afb.org.nz or phone 0800 232 767 option 4.

Levy invoices generated as at 31 March are due for payment by 1 June each year.

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