Welcome to our guide on importing and exporting products between Malaysia and Canada. We understand that international freight shipping can be a complex process. That’s why our team of specialists has put in place a comprehensive guide to help you with all your questions and concerns about the procedure. Our guide will provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions and ensure smooth and successful shipping between Malaysia and Canada.

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 Commercial trade between the two countries

Canada exported $1.02 billion worth of goods to Malaysia. Malaysia is one of Canada’s largest bilateral merchandise trading partners in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region. Today the most important products of Canada by Malaysia are mainly raw materials. There is natural fertilizer but also wheat grain crops. In another register, there are aluminum, and plastic but also electrical materials and oleaginous.

Since November 29, 2022, bilateral trade between Malaysia and Canada has been supported by the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Conversely, Canadian imports from Malaysia, valued at $3.8 billion in 2021, consisted primarily of electronics, rubber, machinery, and scientific and precision instruments. fats and oils, and furniture.

We can also assess the business environment of the country we want to do business with to see if there is a risk: LaCoface.

 The best mode of transport between Malaysia and Canada

There are many suitable transportation options for goods between Malaysia and Canada. The most interesting are sea and air freight transporting goods between the two continents.


Sea freight shipping between Malaysia and Canada

The Asian continent exports a lot of goods throughout the world and here, especially from the American continent.

Sea shipping for commodities is also the most environmentally friendly method. It obviously requires more time than air freight, though.

Main ports in Malaysia and Canada

The main ports in Malaysia are:

  • The Port of Klang
  •  The Port of Johor
  • The Port of Tanjung Pelepas
  •  The Port of Kuantan
  •  The Port of Penang
  •  The Port of Bintulu 
  • The Port of Kemaman

The main ports in Canada are:

  • Collingwood
  • Kingston
  • Kingsville
  • Owen Sound
  • Sarnia
  • Sault Ste. Marie

 Transit time between Malaysia and Canada ports

Malaysia is on the Asian continent while Canada is on the American contains and is separated by the Ocean. More precisely there is a distance of 12 819 Km that separates them. Sea freight is ideal only if you have time and a small budget. 

Distance and transit time between Malaysia and Canada


Malaysia/ Canada Montréal   Halifax   Vancouver
The Port of Klang 45 Days  44 Days  44 Days 
The port of Johor  44 Days  44 Days  44 Days 
The Port of Tanjung Pelepas  44 Days  42 Days  24 Days 

How much does sea freight between Malaysia and Canada cost?

When you decide to export or import, it is very important to know the weight but also the volume of your goods. Indeed, the transport rate is always based on the weight/volume ratio.

You have two options:

  • Groupage
  • In full containers

DocShipper Alert : Sea freight is the most well-known mode of shipping when it comes to cross-border trade to or from Malaysia. For long-distance and high-volume shipments, this approach is significantly less expensive than using air or rail freight. You can ask DocShipper experts any queries you may have about lifting large objects or other kinds of cargo. They will respond to all of your inquiries and offer you the most effective remedy they can. Contact us for additional details.

 Do I have to ship by groupage or full container between Malaysia and Canada?

The first two fundamental categories of conventional container sizes are as follows. They are all usable for both leisure and business travel. We can see that merchants use them regularly for any form of solid sample:

  • At 40 feet, the HQ (High Cube, which has a capacity of 76 cubic meters)
  • a 40-foot container (which has a capacity of 67 cubic meters)
  • the 20-foot container (which has a capacity of 33 cubic meters)

Less than Container Load (LCL)

LCL shipping is a suitable choice if you need extra product (in terms of size or quantity) to fill the entire container. Additionally, it enables you to just pay for the exact amount of space you actually use, which makes it perfect for little deliveries. Your goods will be placed next to those of a different vendor going in the same direction.

Full Container Load (FCL)

It indicates that a single customer uses the full carrier from the time of departure to the time of arrival. To reduce risks and costs, the container will be sealed as soon as it leaves the company's property until it is delivered to the customer.

If you want to buy a lot of goods, it is a great mode of transportation to employ.

Therefore, whether or not you fill it up to the brim, optimal user FCL will also be more safer for a broader number of people. Unquestionably, a full container may benefit from being less expensive than LCL after it reaches 15 m3.

Other types of shipping methods between Malaysia and Canada

The size of your shipment and the commodity are two elements that affect the sort of container you'll require. The products listed below are available if you are about to ship particular items.

refrigerated container

The refrigerated container is a thermally insulated container with a temperature-holding device. It allows the transport of goods under temperature control. It is often used for food or chemicals.


A Ro-Ro is a ship that is used, among other things, to transport cars that have been loaded using one or more ramps. They are also known by the acronym Ro-Ro, which stands for roll-on/roll-off and is literally translated as "roll, roll, roll." This name helps to distinguish them from the typical cargo ships, which are loaded vertically by cranes.


Bulk items are goods that are shipped directly into the ship's hold or into special storage areas. In this situation, bulk freight and general cargo are distinguished from one another. Coal, ferrous, and non-ferrous ores are examples of solid bulk items. Liquids in bulk: (petroleum and petroleum products). Bulk carriers—vessels designed specifically for each type of cargo, such as ore carriers and coal carriers.

Air freight shipping between Malaysia and Canada

Even though 90% of goods are delivered by sea, importers choose air cargo when they need to get things to Canada quickly and reliably, such as high-value, seasonal commodities, clothes, electrical equipment, and/or more delicate items with a high risk of damage at sea.

When shipping a few products, air freight is typically preferred over sea freight. In fact, there are additional costs associated with delivering modest amounts by sea, such as the price of bundling and unbundling at the port, because your product must share a container with other deliveries. For this reason, if your shipment does not truly approach 3 m3, we encourage you to send it by air.


Classic or express air cargo?

  • Conventional air cargo utilizes the cabin capacity on regular commercial flights operated by carriers including Air Canada, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Emirates,...
  • Express air freight is run by networks of "courier firms" like DHL, FedEx, TNT, and UPS that provide door-to-door services.


Your goods can be personally delivered anywhere in the world in a week with express mail services. It is an "all inclusive" service, therefore clearing low-value packages personally is not required. Additionally, shipping discounts are available for tiny amounts of less than 1 m3, which are even more affordable than LCL shipping.

Conventional vs express air freight between Malaysia Canada

express traditional air freight malaysia Canada

Main Malaysian airports :

  • Malacca International Airport
  • Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah International Airport
  • Penang International Airport
  • Kuching International Airport
  • Kota Kinabalu International Airport
  • Langkawi International Airport
  • Miri Airport


Main Canada airports :

  • Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto 
  • Montreal / Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport 
  • Vancouver International Airport
  • Calgary International Airport


How to calculate the dimensional weight of your shipment?

  • Conventional air cargo: 1 mÂł = 167 kgs (1 in 6)
  • Express air cargo: 1 mÂł = 200 kgs (1 in 5)


airfreight gross weight



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What is the transit time between Malaysia and Canada airports?

The normal flight from Malaysia to Canada should last 19 hours, depending on where you are traveling. From 6 to 9 days must be added for a count delivery but it must be taken into account that the customs can hold your goods

What is the cost of transporting a parcel between Malaysia and Canada?

In assessing the cost of air cargo, several factors such as weight volume must be taken into account. The price is still likely to vary depending on what you ship. The contents of your cargo will affect your price as your merchandise will have to be cleared upon arrival.


Duties and taxes between Malaysia to Canada    

 How to calculate the customs duties rate with HS code

For example, the HS code of a pineapple is 08043010, the image below describes the meaning behind the code:

If you still don’t know your product’s HS code, the Canada Post website has a tool to help you find it. Let us take pineapple again. When you type pineapple in the search bar and select Canada as the destination country, you will find the corresponding HS code:

hs code


Now that you know the HS code for your product, you can find the inherent import taxes. You must consult the departmental code of the 2022 customs tariff.




VAT in Canada

Canada has a unique VAT system in place. Three rates apply individually or are added, depending on where you bring your goods. These are GST, PST, and HST:

  • The GST (Goods and Services Tax) is applied in most Anglo-Saxon countries and is equivalent to VAT in other countries. The rate is 5% across the province.
  • The PST (Products and Services Tax) is applied in addition to the GST, only in some provinces. It applies on the price of the product excluding taxes, except in Quebec, where it applies on the price with the GST.
  •  HST refers to all taxes you will have to pay, such as GST + PST, depending on the province.


 Excise Duties in Canada

The Excise Act in Canada aims to tax various goods and services such as:

  • Jewels
  • Cosmetics
  • Air transport
  • Some types of vehicles
  • Vehicle air conditioning
  • Gas and fuel
  • Telecommunications
  • Liqueurs and alcoholic beverages
  • Tobacco products and cannabis


 Arrival and customs clearance, step by step

To have your items cleared via Canadian Customs, do as follows:

  • The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will issue you with a business registration number if you don't already have one (by the way, you can call them at 1-800-959-7775). You must finish the online business registration (EDI).
  • After that, declare your items to Canadian customs using Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).
  • Once customs has taken your products into custody and requested payment, you must do so in order to release your items. The many payment methods are available by clicking this link.
  • After being delivered to their final location, goods are permitted to cross Canadian territory.


 What documents are required when importing? 

Commercial invoice

To clear your goods, whether destined for Canada or elsewhere, you must have the original invoice. Verify that the price on the original invoice and packing slip match.

 Bill of Lading

The Bill of Lading serves as your cargo's boarding pass and passport. Depending on the transfer method, an air waybill for air cargo or a bill of lading for maritime freight may be used. As it is issued whenever the carrier gets payment for its services, it also serves as a document attesting to the legality of the carrying of your shipment. When it comes to the overseas transfer of commercial items, this document is essential.

The following images show how a Bill of Lading is set up and all the information that can be found there:

 Certificate of Origin

The original invoice is required to clear your purchases whether you are traveling to Malaysia or Canada. Check to see if the amount on the packing list and the original invoice are the same.

Packing list  

The packing list adds up all the items in your shipment. You must attach the Material Safety Data Sheet and International Code in case you import dangerous or chemical goods into Canada.


Official customs contacts

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