You want to move from / to Malaysia? Perfect! DocShipper Malaysia can handle it with his dedicated department: DocShipper Relocation. Our experts are here to assist you and build a perfect logistics solution in line with your timing and your budget. Packing services, customs clearance, international freight… Let our decades of experience manage your relocation!

Customs clearance of personal effects

One the most important step, simply because is mandatory, is the customs clearance. Your goods must pass by local customs to get approved and be cleared. Obviously, our DocShipper team is able to help you on this step.

Customs process

Customs contact in Malaysia

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Duties and taxes on personal effects

You can have a look on the official website to check what the update rate for duties and taxes on personal effects imported into Malaysia when we talk about international move.

First, the local customs will identify your goods under a number called the “HS Code”. This will help the Malaysian customs to determine what will be the exact duties and taxes that will be applied on your move.


HS Code for personal effects are the 2 following codes:

  • 980000400: Used personal effects
  • 980000500: Used household effects 

Then you just need to go on the official website on the following link: Malaysia customs tariff

Once you click on the link, you will reach the following form:

1st step: Choose the tariff type 

The tariff type is determined by the country of departure. Indeed, taxes may vary according to the country of departure. It’s important to choose the right one to make sure you will get the right result at the end.

2nd step: Search criteria

In our example, we will check duties and taxes based on the HS Code then you don’t need to touch the “search criteria” if the “HS Code” is already selected.

hs code tariff malaysia

3rd step: Keyword

As the search criteria is the HS Code, here you will indicate the HS code of your importation. In this case, you will search for personal effects which are the 2 HS Codes mentioned above.

  • 980000400: Used personal effects
  • 980000500: Used household effects

4th step: Check the result

Let’s make an example with the MNZFTA tariff type, you should see this kind of result:

tariff example personal effects malaysia

Import your personal vehicle

DocShipper also take care of car importation into Malaysia by handling all logistics process from departure to arrival and all paperwork as well.

Basics information

If you want to import your car to Malaysia, you will need to:

  • Pass the PUSKAPOM car inspection
  • To apply for Approval Permit
  • Support your application with the necessary documentation
  • Pay the required customs duties

As an importer, you must:

  • Have a valid work permit for the country
  • Be importing the vehicle for personal use only; the car cannot be sold or transferred in Malaysia
  • Export the car out of Malaysia when employment in the country ends 

Approval permit 

If you want to import your car into Malaysia, you must get an approval permit from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)

This importing license can be obtained since the car has already been registered into the country of departure. Indeed, the initial document will be mandatory to support the application with the MITI.

  • A completed JK69 Customs Clearance form
  • A passport and Malaysian visa
  • A Malaysian or international driving licence
  • Proof of ownership of the car to be imported
  • The original and a photocopy of the vehicle registration documents
  • Insurance documents
  • A work permit for Malaysia and a letter from the applicant’s employer in the country

Regarding your situation, you will need to meet several conditions to be able to receive the import permit:

  • Residing overseas for a period of no less than one year.
  • Vehicle must be registered and insured in applicant’s name for no longer than nine months
  • You must have a valid driving license
  • Be returning to Malaysia permanently
  • Apply for the license 3 months from the date of return to Malaysia

You finished the first step, soon your car will be transported to Malaysia. Once it arrives to the port, you must collect it by yourself directly into the port. At that moment, the vehicle will be inspected by PUSKAPOM, the Malaysian vehicle inspection agency.

The IVIC inspection is carried out at all entry points to Malaysia, including Port Klang and is carried out by a vehicle examiner who will examine your vehicle for:

  • Chassis number
  • Engine number
  • AP reference number
  • Make and model
  • Engine capacity
  • Body type
  • Fuel type
  • Odometer reading

You should prepare your vehicle for this inspection, ensuring each of these elements meets the required standard.

Duties & taxes

Your car has been approved by local customs, it’s almost finish! It’s now time to pay duties and taxes to release your car. The amount of taxes will depend of several factors:

  • Price of the vehicle
  • Model of the vehicle
  • Engine size of the vehicle
  • Date of import

Note that the car can’t be released until you pay all duties and taxes required by customs.

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Method of transportation

There are several methods of transportation to move and we will use the most convenient one: Air freight, Sea freight or trucking. Our moving consultant will analyze your logistics needs and will determine the most suitable solution for your move.

Moving by Sea freight in Malaysia


Sea freight is the most famous method of transport when expatriate wish to move abroad. It is long but it’s simply the cheapest option when we move high volume.

Here a brief listing of advantages and disadvantages of the sea freight method for your future move:


  • Cheapest method for high volume
  • Possibility to ship FCL (Full Container) or LCL (Groupage)
  • Very few item’s restrictions


  • Expensive for small volume
  • Transit times are very long 

Sea freight rates 

It’s impossible for us to provide pricing online simply because we quote every customer case by case. The cost of the relocation will depend on so many factors. Just to give you an example, a container 20 feet (the smallest) has a capacity of 33 CBM but it’s begun to be more competitive to fill a Full Container (FCL) if you have minimum 15 CBM. Yes, filling half of the container will be cheaper than making groupage (LCL). Apart of the pricing, the FCL will be sealed from departure to arrival which will secure your goods until the end.

Why us?

Thanks to our worldwide network, a door to door services is our specialty!  It’s an all-inclusive service that combine all your logistics needs: packing, international freight, customs clearance, delivery, unloading… This offer should match perfectly your needs in terms of budget & timing.

Moving by Air freight in Malaysia 


Air freight is a famous method to transport goods from a point to another. Unfortunately, this option has some issues we should keep in mind: regulation and pricing.

Here are the main advantages and disadvantages of this method:


  • The fastest method so far
  • Cheap for small volume


  • Very strict regulation
  • Expensive when you go over 2 CBM 

Air freight rates 

As for the sea freight method, it is impossible to provide you pricing in advance.  Each request will be quoted one by one in order to offer a perfect logistics solution. The only point you should keep in mind is that this method is very effective for small volume (usually below 2 CBM).

Why us?

Thanks to our worldwide network, a door to door services is our specialty!  It’s an all-inclusive service that combine all your logistics needs: packing, international freight, customs clearance, delivery, unloading… This offer should match perfectly your needs in terms of budget & timing.


DocShipper | Your dedicated freight forwarder in Malaysia !


Due to our attractive pricing, many customers trust our services and we thanks them. Stop overpaying the services and save money with our tailored package matching will all type of shipment, from small volume to full container, let us find the best and cost-effective solution.

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