Shipping to Malaysia
Shipping to Malaysia
If you are interested in international shipping to Malaysia, or if you are moving overseas to Malaysia, the country has several major shipping ports that include the Rajang Port and the Sandakan Port.
Before cargo shipping to Malaysia, you will need to have the following documents:
- Work Permit
- Employer Letter (from Malaysian company) stating the specific reason for your work in the country and the estimated duration of your stay.
- 8 signed copies of Customs Form No. 1.
- Letter of Authorization to Destination Agent. You need to sign this letter in order for your shipment to be cleared.
Make sure your inventory corresponds to the contents of your shipment. When shipping to Malaysia, plan to create a separate list of the electrical items, appliances and new items that you are shipping. Provide the brand, model, country of origin, voltage and price of the items in your cargo shipment to Malaysia.
When your cargo goes through customs clearance in Malaysia, you should be present since there are some documents you are required to sign.
It is also important to note that your cargo shipment to Malaysia may be subject to a customs inspection.
If you want to ship duty free to Malaysia, you are allowed to provided that you have owned the items for at least three months and as long as you do not dispose of them for at least six months after you arrive in Malaysia.
To qualify for duty free shipping to Malaysia, you have to be a foreigner with a work permit in Malaysia or a citizen of Malaysia who has resided outside of Malaysia for at least the past year or longer.
Duty Fees, Restrictions and Taxes when Shipping to Malaysia
If you are shipping to Malaysia, you are required to pay duty fees, taxes and/or obtain special import permits on some items. For example, all electrical items that you ship to Malaysia must include an import permit.
In addition, if any of your items are less than six months old, you may have to pay certain duty fees and taxes. It is extremely beneficial if you have the original invoices with the value of your items documented.
When cargo shipping to Malaysia, some items are restricted. For example, the following items are restricted during shipment to Malaysia:
- Video cassettes and films will be reviewed by the Malaysian Film Censorship Board
- Metal objects made from precious metals
- Live plants require a Phytosanitary Certificate and approval from the Ministry of Agriculture in Malaysia
- Alcohol and cigarettes are subject to import fees in Malaysia
You are allowed to ship a computer to Malaysia without paying taxes but you are limited to a specific number – no more than three computers per family/household. Please note that you cannot sell the computers that you ship to Malaysia duty free for at least one year following arrival into Malaysia. Computers also require an import license.
You need a special permit to ship telephones and fax equipment to Malaysia.
Prohibited Items when Shipping Cargo to Malaysia
If you are shipping cargo to Malaysia, there are certain items that you are cannot import. The following items are not allowed to enter Malaysia:
- Firearms, dangerous weapons, explosives, fireworks, and ammunition
- Narcotics and drugs
- Certain books, videos, films and other materials deemed is deemed politically sensitive
- Gold bullion
- Radios (short wave)
- Satellite dishes
- Vehicles built more than five years ago
- Literature on communism
In addition, you are not allowed to ship items from Israel to Malaysia.
Automobile Shipping to Malaysia
Car shipping to Malaysia can be hard. All vehicles, both used and new, are subject to customs duties when car shipping to Malaysia. There are also high taxes for car shipping to Malaysia.
You are prohibited from shipping vehicles older than 5 years to Malaysia.
If you want to ship a vehicle to Malaysia, you must have a special Import Permit. You should make sure to have this import permit granted before your vehicle is shipped to Malaysia. The required documents for vehicle shipping to Malaysia include the following:
- Certificate of ownership (original)
- Customs Form No. 1
- Vehicle Insurance Policy
- Passport of vehicle owner
- Letter stating why you want to import a vehicle to Malaysia
- Vehicle Invoice
There is a lot to think about as you plan an overseas move to Malaysia or some other destination worldwide. A professional cargo shipping company like Cargo Experts will help you navigate all of the country specific rules and regulations, paperwork, and logistics.
Choosing the right international cargo shipping company can help make your experience with overseas moving and shipping to Malaysia positive. You can get a fast and free freight quote from Cargo Experts, or you can call toll free 1-866-994-7822 for more information.