Export to Malaysia:

Almost all the goods may be exported freely under the “Open General License” but others are submitted to restrictions especially those appearing in the customs order relating to imports prohibition. There are in Malaysia goods that are prohibited for import, goods whose import requires an import license and others that are subject to import temporary license in order to protect local industry.

Importer in Malaysia need import licence for some goods such as: some telecommunications equipment, knives and others threatening the security of citizens as well as pornographic films, weapons, explosives, motor engines, medicine and dangerous chemicals, compost, tin ores, some food products, poultry, (alive or slaughtered), meat, bones, hides and skins and animal horns and sugar;

  • Goods whose import is temporarily submitted to license with a view to protecting Malaysian industries such as steel products, transmission chains, some car spare parts, and glass.
  • Goods that must meet some criteria such as cigarettes, safety belts, some electric apparatus, arms reproduction (including toys and guns), animals, plants, milk and dairy products, milling products. The import of illegal narcotics is subject to penalties.

All the shipping port of Malaysia require the following documents:

Commercial invoice: three copies of the commercial invoice on the shipper’s letterhead must be sent to the consignee. Two copies for air cargo shipment. The commercial invoice must be signed by a responsible of the firm and must show the country of origin, quantities, weights, and description of goods and all itemized expenses of the CIF value. The importer must submit the original copy of the invoice to the customs authorities for customs clearance, because in a first place, customs authorities require the production of documents before physical inspection of shipments.

Certificate of origin: It is not required unless it is requested by the importer or the letter of credit; two copies on the general form sold by the printer must be prepared in English. The certificate must be prepared in duplicate on a general form sold in the domestic market by commercial printers and certified by a recognized chamber of commerce, which usually requires an additional copy of its files.


Bill of lading: There are no restrictions as to the form or number of the bill of lading for any particular shipment. The bill of lading ordinarily shows the name of the shipper, the name and address of the consignee, port of destination, description of goods (measurement and weight), the listing of the freight and other charges, the numbers of the bills of lading in the full set, and the date of signature of the carrier’s official acknowledging receipt on board of the shipment. The information should comply with those indicated on the invoices and the packages.

As concerns shipments to Penang, the bill of lading should indicate the names of the shipper and the consignee and the ship should bear the exporter’s mark. The number of packages along with the description of goods should also be indicated. The airway bill replaces the bill of lading on air cargo shipments.

HALAL Certificate: For all meat products (to get more details about HALAL Certification visit HALAL section in the Irish Islamic Chamber of Commerce website).

VI. 3.3. Other formalities and documents:

Temporary import:

Samples of no commercial value are also imported duty-free. The other dutiable samples may be temporarily imported for a three months period by paying a security or by providing a bank guarantee whose value should be equivalent to import duties. Besides, samples of commercial value and exhibits may be imported duty free.

Non-tariff regulations:

–          Health:

*Food regulations of 1985 include prescriptions relating to food additives, labelling and packaging,

*Sanitary certificate is required for the import of live animals, meat, meat products, and plants; *Meat and meat products should be healthy and comply with the precepts of the Muslim religion;

The sanitary certificate must state that exported meat and meat products are free from disease and especially from render pest six months before the slaughter of the animals. A certificate of ante-mortem and post-mortem examinations is also required stating that products are free from infectious or contagious diseases.

* Dairy products originating from The European Union countries are subject to special standards relating to the quantity of authorized radioactive substances. Therefore, a non-irradiation certificate is compulsory;

  • The admission of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics is subject to “Control of Drugs and Cosmetics regulations of 1984” providing among others for compulsory registration with “Drugs control Authorities”
  • Packing: Packing should be made in such a way as to withstand the humid climate; therefore, inside wrapping, greasing, insulating and stowage should be taken into consideration for exports to Malaysia.
  • Labeling: Labeling of imported products must bear the names an addresses of the importer, the producer, the wholesaler, he country of origin and the minimum weight in metric units. The name of he product should be written in capital letters. Food product regulations in Malaysia of 1985 limit the maximal volume of authorized food additives. (Food preservatives, coloring substances, flavors, vitamins etc.).Thus, the standards and prescriptions of specific labeling apply to the following products: Flour (products), malt (extracts), milk (milk products), confectionery, jam, marmalade, meat (meat products), fish (products), eggs (products), edible oils and fats, vegetables (products), soups, fruit (products), walnuts, tea, coffee, chicory, cocoa, milkshakes, salt and spices, vinegar, refreshing drinks, alcoholic beverages, “shandy” and food products for specific purposes. The labels of agro-chemicals must carry instructions for use, safety, and security in transport and storage. Drugs and medicines, cosmetics, and toilet preparations also are subject to special labeling regulations. “The National Institute of Standards and Industrial Research” works out industrial standards.