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Moving to Malaysia from the U.S.

If you are moving to or from Malaysia, there is plenty to consider before you trek across the globe. With so much to prepare for, the last thing you want to worry about is the logistics of your complicated move.

International Sea & Air Shipping will make your transition to Malaysia as seamless as possible by providing top-notch shipping services for all of your household goods and much more!

How International Sea & Air can help for moving to Malaysia

Malaysia1First, one of our trained moving specialists will provide a personal consultation, thoroughly outlining your moving options based on specific criteria, such as:
  • Your moving timeline. When do you need to be in Malaysia?
  • Your real estate plans. Will you be renting or buying?
  • Your family/household size. Will you be moving alone or with your family? For business or personal reasons?
  • Cubic feet estimate. How large is your shipment?

What Will Moving to Malaysia Cost?

Malaysia2 For an accurate estimate of your shipment size, you should schedule a home survey as early as possible for your move to Malaysia. Our moving specialists will assess your belongings to give you the best potential estimate to expedite your relocation.
The cost of moving to Malaysia will vary considerably based on the cubic footage of your belongings and your proposed destination arrival time.

Don't forget to ask about our overseas packing and custom crating services, too!

About Malaysia

Malaysia3 Malaysia is a multi-cultural country, divided up into thirteen states and three federal territories. Its land consists of two masses separated by the South China Sea. The country shares a land and sea border with Thailand, as well as maritime borders with Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Malaysia's capital city is Kuala Lumpur, which also happens to be its most populous.

In Kuala Lumpur, you can find the tallest twin buildings in the world: the Petronas Twin Towers. These architectural feats are perfect examples of Malaysia's continuing development, as well as its focus on modernization and its commitment to innovation. In other parts of Malaysia, you can find beautiful rainforests with diverse wildlife, proving the country features the best of both worlds.

Can't wait to get started with your international move to Malaysia? Find out what you'll need to clear Customs!

Custom Regulations for Malaysia:


  • Passport
  • Work permit
  • Employment and resident visa
  • Eight (8) copies of Customs Form No. 1, signed by customer
  • Letter from Malaysian employer detailing reason for import, job function and expected duration of stay
  • Inventory corresponding with contents of shipment (original or copy)
  • Separate list of new items, electrical items and appliances (should be included in inventory-specify brand, model, country of origin, voltage and price)
  • Letter of Authorization to destination agent to clear shipment, signed by customer

According to Malaysian shipping regulations, you must be present in the country at the time of Customs clearance so you can sign appropriate documents.

  • All shipments subject to full Customs examination
  • Used household goods are duty-free if:
    • Customer has been in possession of items for at least three months and will not dispose of items for at least six months
    • Customer is a foreigner with a work permit OR
    • Customer is a Malaysian who has been out of the country for at least twelve consecutive months


  • All items less than six months old are taxed and dutiable (original invoices stating value required)
  • All electrical items require import permit
  • Precious metal items
  • Films and video cassettes
    • Subject to review by Film Censorship Board
    • Additional charges for customer's account
  • Plants
    • Require approval from Ministry of Agriculture
    • Require Phytosanitary Certificate
  • Computers are tax-free
    • Limited to three imported per family
    • Cannot be sold within one year of import
    • Require import license
  • Alcohol and cigarettes subject to high import duties


  • Firearms, knives, and other dangerous weapons (as well as ammunition)
  • Fireworks and other explosives
  • Drugs and narcotics (violators subject to death penalty)
  • Foodstuffs
  • Pornographic or politically sensitive materials (including books, videos, films, etc.)
  • Gold bullion
  • Telephone and fax equipment (permit required)
  • Satellite dish
  • Short wave radios
  • Any items from Israel
  • Literature about communism


  • Import highly discouraged
  • All motor vehicles (new and used) subject to Customs duties and high tax rates
  • Import permit required-permit must be granted before vehicle is shipped
  • Vehicle older than five years are prohibited
  • Documents required:
    • Original ownership certificate
    • Eight (8) copies of Customs Form No. 1
    • Insurance policy
    • Original and copy of owner's passport
    • Letter from owner stating reason for import
    • Invoice (for new vehicles)


  • Dogs, cats, and birds are permitted with import permit (prior to animal's arrival)
  • Health certificate required (must be issued within seven days of flight, must state that animal comes from rabies-free area)
  • Vaccination certificate required (must prove that vaccinations are up-to-date, administered between 30 and 180 days prior to flight)
    • Must also note breed, age, color, name of pet and owner, and flight details
  • One-month quarantine (minimum one-week advance notice required for kennel space)
    • Animal may be released after two weeks to spend remainder of month in home


  • The duty rate on imports ranges from 0-300% in Malaysia. While that maximum number may seem high, the average duty sits at about 8.1%.As for value-added taxes (VAT), the goods and services tax rate ranges from 5-10%.

Of course, the rates depend on how you declare the items in your documents. For example, personal effects may not be subject to duties if you can prove you've owned them for at least three months.

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, International sea & air shipping 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.

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Motto : Unity is Strength
Capital : Kuala Lumpur
National Anthem : "Negaraku" ("My Country")


Location : Southeastern Asia, peninsula bordering Thailand and northern one-third of the island of Borneo, bordering Indonesia, Brunei, and the South China Sea, south of Vietnam
Area : Total : 329,847 sq km

Land : 328,657 sq km
Water : 1,190 sq km
Climate : Tropical; annual southwest (April to October) and northeast (October to February) monsoons


Nationality : Malaysian(s)
Population : 28,728,607 (July 2011 est.)
Major Cities : KUALA LUMPUR (capital) 1.493 million; Klang 1.071 million; Johor Bahru 958,000 (2009)
Languages : Bahasa Malaysia (official), English, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainan, Foochow), Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Panjabi, Thai ,Note: in East Malaysia there are several indigenous languages; most widely spoken are Iban and Kadazan


GDP : $416.7 billion (2010 est.)
Exchange Rates : Ringgits (MYR) per US dollar - 3.04 (2010), 3.5246 (2009), 3.33 (2008), 3.46 (2007), 3.6683 (2006)


Airports : 118 (2010)
Roadways : Total : 98,721 km
Waterways : 7,200 km
Ports & Terminals : Bintulu, Johor Bahru, George Town (Penang), Port Kelang (Port Klang), Tanjung Pelepas


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