Importing and Exporting in Malaysia

Updated on Monday 26th December 2022

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Malaysia has nowadays strong trade relations with numerous countries, being also associated with trade organizations, such as WTO (World Trade Organization), APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) and ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations). It has signed free trade agreements with countries like China, Japan, New Zealand and Pakistan.

Foreign investors interested in business affairs including importing and exporting in Malaysia can be legally assisted by our Malaysian attorneys.

Import activities in Malaysia 

When it comes to import activities in Malaysia, international entrepreneurs who want to set up a business related to this sector must know that by the end of 2015, the total value of imports was around $176,1 billion. 

Malaysia was once known as the world’s largest producer of rubber, oil palm and tin, its manufacturing sector having a crucial role in its economic growth. However, Malaysia's main imports in 2015 were:  

•    manufacturing products based on metal (6,4%)
•    machinery and parts (8,7%);
•    petroleum products (9,3%);
•    chemicals and chemical products (9,5%);
•    electrical and electronic products (29,4%).

Malaysia's main importing partners are states like China, Singapore, United States of America, Japan and Thailand.

If you are interested in import activities carried out in Malaysia, you can ask for our Malaysian lawyers to offer their guidance in the matter. 

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Exporting in Malaysia

When we're talking about Malaysian exports, foreign entrepreneurs should know that 70,5% of the total exports are delivered to Asian countries, while 10,8% of them are traded on the European market. Various good trading relations are established with USA, to which Malaysia shipped 10,6% of the total exports in 2015. Other export activities were established with African states, to which Malaysian deliveries represented around 2,6%.

The top Malaysian export products are the following: electronic equipment, oil, machines and engines, animal and vegetal oils and plastics. 

Whether you are interested in exporting or importing activities in Malaysia, our law firm in Malaysia can help you by offering complete legal assistance when you have decided to invest in an import/export business in Malaysia.

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