Shipping from UK to Malaysia

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How long does shipping take from UK to Malaysia

Shipping goods from UK to Malaysia via sea will generally take an estimated 45 – 50 days. Door-to-door air freight services, on the other hand, will take 4 – 7 days.

The duration of shipping depends on a range of factors such as the mode of shipping, time required for customs clearance, and more.

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Ways to ship items from UK to Malaysia

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Air freight

Air freight is the transportation of goods via air carrier. It is one of the fastest modes of transportation as compared to other shipping alternatives such as rail or sea freight.

Sea freight

Sea freight is a shipping method used to ship goods via sea. This mode of transportation can be categorised into Less than Container Load (LCL) and Full Container Load (FCL).

  • LCL

LCL is used when you are shipping small quantities of cargo that are not enough to fill a standard shipping container.

  • FCL

FCL, on the other hand, is preferred if your shipment of goods is large enough to fit one full container load.

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Prohibited items for export from the UK

According to the government of the UK, goods that are prohibited for export include

  • Animal fur
  • Firearms
  • Counterfeit currency
  • Pirated or patented goods
  • Cash amounting to more than £1,000

Prohibited items for import into Malaysia

Some common items that are prohibited for import into Malaysia include

  • Poisonous chemicals
  • Cocoa pods from Indonesia or Philippines
  • Turtle eggs
  • Drugs
  • Pornographic material such as films, photographs or paintings

Items that require an export license from the UK

Some goods that require an export license from the UK include

  • Agricultural products
  • Diamonds
  • Firearms
  • Medical devices
  • Drugs

Items that require an import license from Malaysia

Examples of items that require an import license from Malaysia include

  • Corals (living or dead)
  • Cockles
  • Agricultural products like vegetables
  • Plants such as orchids

Tax and duties on exports from the UK

Goods exported from the UK to the outside of the European Union (EU) are subjected to export tax and duties. This amount is determined by the commodity code of the good that you intend to export.

Tax and duties on imports into Malaysia

Sales and service tax (SST)

Taxable goods imported into Malaysia are subjected to an SST of 5 – 10% depending on the category of the item.

Imports with a cost, insurance, and freight (CIF) value of less than RM 500 are exempted from tax. However, this does not apply to goods such as tobacco products from the US.

Duty Rates

Malaysia’s duty rates range from 0 – 50%, with the average duty rate at about 6%.

Export documents required for the UK

Examples of export documents required for UK include

A commercial invoice is a document issued by the freight forwarder. It contains details such as the type and quantity of goods to be exported.

A consular invoice is used by the customs to verify details such as the country of origin and value of the shipment.

The ECSI is a document prepared by exporters to facilitate the shipping of goods to the destination.

It provides clear instructions on how the goods should be transported and handled, leading to cost and time savings.

The NES declaration is used by exporters to declare their intention to ship goods to countries outside of the European Union.

Import documents required for Malaysia

Some documents needed for importing goods into Malaysia include

  • Bill of lading
  • Commercial invoice
  • Custom declaration form
  • Packing list

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Why choose M&P International Freights?

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