Tariffs and regulations

Tariffs and duty rates are constantly revised and are subject to change without notice.

Austrade strongly recommends you reconfirm these prior to selling to Malaysia.

Find the applicable tariff under MAFTA for your product using DFAT’s online FTA Portal

For further information please visit Malaysian Customs.

Tariffs and non-tariff barriers


Malaysia adopts the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System of classification of goods. Malaysia is progressively liberalising its tariff regime, but some products that are in competition with locally-manufactured products are still highly protected.

The bilateral trade relationship between Australia and Malaysia has reached a significant cornerstone with the signing of a comprehensive free trade agreement (FTA). Building on the ASEAN Australia New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA), this bilateral FTA guarantees tariff-free entry for 97.6 per cent of current Australian goods exports to Malaysia, while Malaysian exports will benefit from duty-free entry into Australia. Significant gains have also been achieved for services and investment through access to increased foreign ownership in key services sectors where Australia has proven capability. See the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for more information on the agreement.

Product certification, labelling and packaging

All regulations pertaining to food products can be found in the Food Act 1983 (incorporating all amendments). Specific labelling regulations can be found in the Labelling and Food Declaration Guide issued by the Ministry of Health.

Halal and health certificates are required for all meat-based products and are issued by JAKIM, the Malaysian Government body responsible for Halal certification. Halal Development Corporation sets the policies pertaining to the halal qualifications and JAKIM enforces these policies.

Methods of quoting and payment

Quotes preferably in Ringgit Malaysia (RM), CIF (cost, insurance and freight). Payment is usually by letter of credit. Established agencies may request documents against acceptance (D/A) terms of 60 – 90 days.

Documentary requirements

Pro-forma invoice

Not compulsory but may be requested in certain cases.

Commercial invoice

Two copies are required. The invoice, signed by the exporter or shipper, must indicate the following details:

  • number and descriptions of packages
  • marks and numbers of individual packages
  • detailed description of the goods
  • gross and net weights or quantity
  • FOB and CIF values
  • country of origin
  • place of shipment and destination of the goods.

The certificate of origin must be completed for goods on which preference is claimed. The certificate's details must include:

  • a description of the goods
  • their total invoice value
  • a signature by the proprietor, a partner or principal official of the manufacturing or supplying firm (name of person signing and position in firm must be stated).

The following certification must be provided:

  • that the person signing has the means of knowing the statement in the certificate to be correct
  • that the person signing is duly authorised to issue the certificate on behalf of the manufacturer, producer or grower and, if appropriate, the supplier
  • that the goods are the produce or manufacture of the Commonwealth country named
  • if grown or produced, that the goods were grown or produced in and consigned from the named Commonwealth country or countries.


Normal commercial practice.

Bill of lading

Minimum of two copies required. To Order bills are acceptable.

Packing list

Must be furnished if contents of shipment not itemised in invoice. Packing list also facilitates clearance through customs.

Weights and measures

The metric system.

Public health requirements

Prior permits from the Malaysian Department of Agriculture are required for a range of items:

  • plants and parts for propagation, including seeds
  • soil for research purposes and growing media.

Special requirements govern the importation of drugs, pharmaceuticals and chemical additives used in food.

All imported foodstuffs and drugs are subject to inspection.

Electric motors must be approved by the Chief Electrical Inspector.

Machinery must meet with safety requirements and be approved by the Chief Inspector of Machinery.