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Import, export & carrier restrictions
- Carrier restrictions
- Endangered Species (CITES)
- Export Control Classification Number (ECCN)
- Greenhouse Gases (Kyoto Protocol)
- Ozone-Depleting Substances (Montreal Protocol)
- Restrictions on Counterfeit and Pirated Goods
- Restrictions on Cultural Property
- Restrictions on Fireworks
- Restrictions on Food, Plant, and Animal Products
- Restrictions on Instruments of Torture
- Restrictions on Medicines
- Restrictions on Rough Diamonds
- Restricted Party Screening
Import duty and taxes are due when importing goods into Malaysia whether by a private individual or a commercial entity. The valuation method is CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight), which means that the import duty and taxes payable are calculated on the complete shipping value, which includes the cost of the imported goods, the cost of freight, and the cost of insurance. Some duties are also based on quantity measurements, like weight or volume. In addition to duty, imports are subject to sales tax (VAT), and in some cases to excise.
Duty rates in Malaysia vary from 0% to 50%, with an average duty rate of 5.74%. Some goods are not subject to duty (e.g. laptops, electric guitars and other electronic products).
Imports are subject to GST at a standard rate of 6% of the sum of the CIF value, duty and any excise if applicable. Some goods may be zero-rated or exempt from GST.
Imports with a shipment value, i.e. CIF value, up to MY$ 500 are exempt of duty, with the exception of alcohol, wine and tobacco products from USA. There is no minimum threshold for sales tax and excise.
Other taxes and custom fees
Excise duty applies on products like alcohol and tobacco at advalore or specific rates.
Local Customs office and contacts
More information on import declaration procedures and import restrictions can be found at the Malaysian Customs website.