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Import Customs Procedures in Malaysia

Customs Procedures

Import Procedures

For all inbound shipment into Malaysia whether or not subject to import duties must be declared in writing on Customs Form No. 1. All custom declarations should indicate a complete and accurate account of the total number, description of goods and packages, amount/value, weight, measurement or quantity, and the country of origin or the final destination. Custom declarations must be submitted to the Customs station at the place where the goods are to be imported. All duties/custom taxes imposed on imported goods will need to be settle in advance prior to the goods being released (import tax and goods and services tax). 

Not all goods imported into Malaysia require a license. To import goods which require a license, traders first must register with the Companies Commission of Malaysia. Once registered, a company must then apply for an import license from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). Import documents required by Malaysian Customs for cross-border trading include, but not limited to;

  1. Custom Form No.1, 
  2. International Shipping Documents – Bill of lading/Airway bill; 
  3. CIPL – Commercial Invoice or Packing List; 
  4. Other Permits, licenses or Certificates.

Additional Information – Specific Import Compliance

The following product categories will require import authorisations: meat, eggs, milk, wine, plants, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, firearms, explosives, medicines and dangerous products. Meat, processed meat products, poultry, eggs and egg products must have a Halal certificate issued by the Department of Islamic Development of Malaysia (JAKIM).

Importing Samples

Textile samples must be cut or stamped “commercial sample” and there must not be more than three of them.

Nominating a Freight Forwarder/Agency to manage the import Customs Clearance in Malaysia can help with a seamless and effective operation.

For more information, please visit the website of the Malaysian Customs.

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