Shipping from US to Malaysia

Sea freight carrying cargo

How long does shipping from US to Malaysia take?

The duration of shipping depends largely on the type of shipping method used. In general, sea shipping takes a longer time as compared to shipping goods via air.

Air freight takes about 3 – 7 working days while sea freight takes about 14 – 21 working days.

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Prohibited and restricted items for import into Malaysia

Prohibited items for import into Malaysia are categorised into absolutely prohibited and strictly prohibited.

Shipping containers at a port

Absolutely Prohibited Items for Import into Malaysia

Goods that are absolutely prohibited are not permitted for import into Malaysia. Bringing these items into the country is punishable by law and offenders will be liable to a fine or imprisonment.

These items include

  • intoxicating liquors containing more than 3.46mg/ℓ in any lead or in any compound of copper.
  • reproduction of currencies, bank notes or coins,
  • daggers and flick knives,
  • articles of items resembling syringes, and
  • poisonous chemicals.

Strictly Prohibited Items for Import into Malaysia

Good that are strictly prohibited include drugs like morphine, heroine, and marijuana. Importers caught smuggling these items will be severely punished and sentenced to death.

Items that require an import license from Malaysia

Goods that are prohibited with exceptions will require an import license. These items include

  • poultry,
  • live animals,
  • plants,
  • fireworks, and
  • motor vehicles.

Importers must ensure that all imported meat and livestock products are certified halal. Additionally, these products must also come from slaughterhouses approved by the relevant Malaysian veterinary and religious authorities.

Refer to the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMCD)’s website for a full list of restricted items for import into Malaysia.

Prohibited and restricted items for export from US

Items that are prohibited for export from the US include

  • Poisonous substances
  • Medical devices not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Firearms
  • Military equipment
  • Counterfeit products

Items that require an export license from US

Most items exported from the US do not require an export license. However, these goods are subjected to the US Customs and Border Protection’s exporting requirements.

Import documents required for Malaysia

The following documents must be provided when importing goods into Malaysia:

  • Customs import declaration
  • Commercial invoice
  • Bill of lading
  • Packing list
  • Certificate of origin

Export documents required for US

According to the US export regulations, some of the documents required for exporting goods include:

  • Commercial invoice
  • Bill of lading
  • Packing list
  • Certificate of origin
  • Pro forma invoice
  • Export licenses

Import tax and duties for shipments from US to Malaysia

Sales and service tax (SST)

Malaysia imposes a 5 – 10% SST on all taxable goods imported into the country for local consumption.

Some examples of these items include liquor, tobacco products, and motor vehicles.

Excise duty

Excise tax is charged on imported goods that are considered nonessential and harmful to public health.

Some examples of these items include liquor, tobacco products, and motor vehicles.

Import duty

Malaysia’s custom import tax can range from 0% – 50%. Items with a CIF (cargo, insurance, and freight) value of less than 500 MYR are exempted from duties. However, this exemption does not apply to goods like alcohol and tobacco products.

Some examples of these items include liquor, tobacco products, and motor vehicles.

Benefits of engaging a freight forwarder

Freight forwarders leverage on volume to negotiate for more affordable shipping rates, allowing them to offer economical prices to their customers.

Freight forwarders will help to handle the entire shipping process. All you have to do is to sit back, relax, and wait for your goods to be delivered.

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Reliable shipping services

Our team of shipping experts will guarantee timely deliveries, ensuring that we deliver your goods quickly and efficiently.

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