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Items Prohibition / Restriction of Imports
MITI Process Flow of Export, Import and Transshipment
Do I need marine cargo insurance?
We strongly recommended the consignor or consignee to take up an insurance cover for protection of its cargo during transportation as our rates are not inclusive of transit insurance. You need to insure adequately for recovery in the unlikely event of loss due to accident, theft or other situation that are beyond our control.
What is HS Code and AHTN Code?
Harmonized Commodity Description & Coding System, commonly known as HS Codes and ASEAN Harmonized Tariff Nomenclature (AHTN) were created for international use by the Custom Department to classify commodities when they are being declared at the custom frontiers by exporters and importers.

AHTN is used for trade transaction between Malaysia and the other ASEAN countries, while the HS Code applies for trade with non-ASEAN countries. For reference of HS and AHTN Codes, you may search from Search Tariff function at JKDM HS – Explorer Website i.e. http://tariff.customs.gov.my
What is a Letter of Credit?
Letter of Credit (LC) is a document issued by a financial institution guaranteeing that a buyer’s payment to a seller will be received on time and for the correct amount. In the event that the buyer is unable to make payment on the purchase, the bank will be required to cover the full or remaining amount of the purchase. Letters of Credit are used primarily in international trade transactions of significant value, for deals between a supplier in one country and a customer in another. Almost all LC are irrevocable, they cannot be amended or cancelled.
What are Incoterms? How do i determine which Incoterm to use?
Incoterms are a series of standard trade definitions or international sales terms, published by International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and widely used in international commercial transactions. Each Incoterm establishes who is responsible for costs and risks such as transport costs, insurance, duties payable and customs clearance. Incoterms are accepted by governments, legal authorities and businesses worldwide for the interpretation of most commonly used terms in international trade. Before using Incoterms, consider the country of the buyer. Some countries stipulate that set Incoterms are used, while others set chosen Incoterms as standard practice. Transport may also affect your choice as some Incoterms can only be used for transport by sea and inland waterways. Right now there are 13 trade terms , the most commonly used are FOB (Free on Board), EXW (Ex-Works), CFR (Cost and Freight), CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) , DAP (Delivered at Place) and others.
Malaysia Regulatory & Security Compliance

  • Implementation of GST in Malaysia with effect from 1st April 2015 (www.gst.customs.gov.my)

  • Implementation of International Standard for Phytosanitory Measures (ISPM 15) for imports (www.ispm15.com)

  • Malaysia Customs Prohibition Order 2012 – Under the newly gazetted Malaysia Customs Prohibition Order 2012, effective 1st March 2013, the export of wood products including builder carpentry, joinery and furniture are required to obtain an export license from MTIB (Malaysia Timber and Industry Board) before the company could export the product from Malaysia. (www.mtib.gov.my)

  • Issuance of permits, licenses and certificates under MAQIS (Malaysia Quarantine and Inspection Services) for exportation and importation of plants, animals, carcass, fish, agriculture produce, soil and microorganism (www.maqis.gov.my)

  • Strategic Trade Act (STA) 2010 is the legislation that controls the export, transshipment, transit and brokering of strategic items, including arms and related material, as well as activities that will or may facilitate the design, development, production and delivery of WMD (weapons of mass destruction). This Act is consistent with Malaysia’s national security and international obligations and all exporters and importers are required to ensure compliance to this global act. (www.miti.gov.my)

8 Malaysian Freight Forwarders Association You need to KNOW






  6. Kota Kinabalu Forwarding Agents Association

  7. Labuan Freight Forwarders Association

  8. AMH (Association of Malaysian Hauliers)

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