Shipping from China to Malaysia

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Need to get something shipped from China to Malaysia? No matter the size, weight and nature of your cargo, M&P International Freights is able to assist you accordingly.

Read on as we lay out some important information such as shipping methods, taxes and duties and prohibited/restricted items.

Need a quotation for your shipment? Fill in our contact form with as much details as possible, and we will provide a free quotation soon.

How long does shipping take from China to Malaysia

The duration is highly dependent on the shipping mode you opt for. Generally, it takes about 8 – 14 days.

Ways to ship from China to Malaysia

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Air freight

Air freight is the fastest way to ship your items, which makes it ideal for time-sensitive shipments. It is also considered as the most cost-efficient way if your cargo is small and light.

The busiest international airports in China include:

  • Beijing Capital
  • Shanghai Pudong
  • Guangzhou Baiyun
  • Chengdu Shuangliu
  • Shenzhen Bao’an

The busiest international airports in Malaysia include:

  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • Penang

Sea freight

Sea freight transports your cargo from one seaport to another. This can be done via 2 modes: Less than Container Load (LCL) and Full Container Load (FCL).

When your cargo is not sufficient to fill a container, LCL consolidation is done to combine your shipment with others so that you can enjoy competitive shipping rates.

This is when all the goods in one container are owned by one party.

The busiest seaports in China include:

  • Shanghai
  • Shenzhen
  • Ningbo-Zhoushan
  • Hong Kong

The busiest seaports in Malaysia include:

  • Port Klang
  • Johor Port
  • Port of Tanjung Pelepas
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Prohibited and restricted items for export from China

Some examples of prohibited/restricted goods for export from China are

  • Counterfeit money
  • Any form of media that threatens the political, economic, cultural and moral interests of China
  • Medicines
  • Old and used clothing

Prohibited and restricted items for import to China

Some examples of prohibited/restricted goods for import into Malaysia are

  • Counterfeit money
  • Indecent media such as paintings, films and cards
  • Knives and daggers
  • Items that look like syringes
  • Turtle eggs
  • Cloth with prints or duplication of any Quran verses

Taxes and duties for export from China

If you’re exporting from China, your goods may be subjected to export duties. These are imposed on selected resource products and semi-manufactured goods.

However, some goods are exempted, such as

  • goods with duties not exceeding RMB 50, and
  • materials or samples with no commercial value.

Taxes and duties for import to Malaysia

Duty Rates

Import duty rates can range from 0% – 50%, with the average rate being about 6%. Goods that are exempted from duty include electronic products.

Sales Tax

The standard rate is 10% of the sum of the

  • cost, insurance and freight (CIF) value,
  • duty, and
  • any applicable excise.

Some products may be taxed based on units (e.g. by litre or kilograms), while some may only be subjected to a reduced rate of 0% – 5%.

Any import with a CIF value of less than RM 500 is exempted from duties. This excludes alcohol, wine and tobacco products from US.

Process of shipping from China to Malaysia with a freight forwarder

Step 1: Contact your preferred freight forwarder

The first step is to contact your preferred freight forwarder via a contact form or email. To get an accurate quotation, ensure that you provide specific details about your shipment such as

  • a list of items that you want to ship,
  • estimated value of the items, and
  • date of departure and arrival of items (if any).

Step 2: Quotation will be provided

After which, the freight forwarder will be able to advise you on the most efficient shipping mode and provide a quotation. Air and sea freight are mainly used for cross-border shipments.

Step 3: Upon confirmation, payment is made

If you are okay with the rates, proceed to make payment for the freight invoice. Any taxes and duties incurred would either be collected from the sender or receiver when the booking is confirmed.

Step 4: Customs clearance is arranged

Once the cargo is prepared for shipping, customs clearance in the export and import countries will be arranged. The freight forwarder will handle all the paperwork required on your behalf.

Step 5: Arrange for port-to-door delivery

Customs clearance is estimated to be completed within 2 – 5 days. After which, when your goods arrive in the destination country, delivery will be arranged to the receiver’s door.

Cross-border freights are complicated to handle by yourself as they require a ton of paperwork. Consult us today!

Why choose M&P International Freights?

All services covered

As a freight forwarder, M&P International Freights offers all services required to see through an entire shipping journey, while you wait for the shipment to be delivered.

Personalised shipping experience

A professional M&P consultant is attached to each client, so you get constant updates on your shipment. Additionally, we aim to tailor shipping routes based on your requirements.