It is prohibited to import narcotics (death penalty for drug trafficking), non-branded drugs, pornographic publications, weapons, firearms & ammunition and gold bullion, short wave radios, telephones.



1. Port and Airport storage charges will be charged to the origin agent at cost if OBL and relevant clearance documents are not received by custom agent prior to arrival of goods.
2. Liquor & wine attract very high Malaysian Custom Duties. We advise against importation to avoid complication in clearance.
3. All personal effects consignments are subject to 100% customs examination.
4. International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) No 15, will become effective as of 1st January 2010. Under this regulation all wood packaging materials (WPM) must be fumigated with Methyl Bromide or heat treated prior to import, with the exception of wood-based products such as plywood, particle board oriented strand or veneer that have been created using, glue, heat and pressure or a combination of the three. Treatment of WPM should be done only by accredited treatment companies or service providers registered under Malaysian Fumigation Accreditation Scheme (MAFAS). All WPM should be marked to certify that it has been subjected to an approved treatment. The markings in any color except red and orange should be permanent and no stickers are allowed.

Personal Effects

Definition - Personal Effects is defined as own household and personal items proven and identifiable as being purchased at least 3 months or having being used six months prior to date of import. Any items in the shipment which look new must be accompanied with purchase receipts as proof for customs upon arrival. Any personal effects identified as new (less than 6 months old) will attract import duties. The shipper must be in country prior to arrival of shipment to sign necessary documents such as approved permits for cars, National Electricity Board Permit for electrical appliances & other clearance documents required.

Used Personal & Household Effects brought into Malaysia, exempted from duties exempted by (a) foreigners who have valid Malaysian work permit / employment letter by Malaysian employer (b) Returning Malaysians who have been out of country for a continuous period in excess of 3 months.

Import Declaration Requirements


Importation of car


The Vaccination / Health Certificate and Malaysian Import Permit is required. Details of the pet (flight details, name, age, sex, color & breed) and copy of vaccination and Health Certificate must be provided to us to apply for Malaysian Import Permit before pet can be imported into Malaysia. No quarantine required for birds. 1 weeks advance notice is required before arrival to book kennel / quarantine accommodation. The application of permit will be taken care of by CUSTOM Agent and will fax the same to client. Once consignment is booked, shipper will be assisted in clearing the pet at airport and for quarantine.

Quarantine period at 7 days (max) will be required before release to consignee.

The following breeds are prohibited to enter/import into the country:

Dogo Argentino, Fila Brazileiro, Japanese Tosa, Pit Bull Terrier and American Pit Bull.

The following breeds can enter/import into Malaysia under special permit approve from government veterinary prior to arrival in KLIA. German Shepherd, Doberman, Rottweiller, Belgian Shepherd, East European Shepherd, Bull Mastiff, Bull Terrier and Canary Dog.

Documents required for application for this special permit is as follows:

Please allow at least three to four working days for the government veterinary doctor to process the approval of the permit.


Clearance documents required are: Phytosanitory Certificate issued by origin country, Letter of Authorization, Invoice, Malaysian Custom Form 1 & Import Permit.

Mandatory quarantine period of 3 days

Films & Video Tapes

Censorship required (time taken 1 month) & screening fee of RM 15 per tape.


Clearance documents required are: Malaysian Customs Form 1, Letter of Authorization, Origin Invoice, and Certificate of Antiquity from Origin Country to indicate if antique is over 100 years and to be approved by Museum Authority prior to importation.

Untitled 2 NOTE – Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and Customers. Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, CNN International LLC . cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance. Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.