Friday, September 25, 2009

Importation of electrical appliances.

1. Please be informed about the following regulations pertaining to the importation of electrical appliances into Malaysia:
a. Importation of electrical appliances into Malaysia is covered under the Prohibition of Import – Fourth Schedule of the Customs (Prohibition of Imports) Order 1998.
b. Goods covered under this category include electrical apparatus or accessories operating at 50 Volts AC or 120 Volts DC and above whether between conductors or between conducts and earth, for domestic use.
2. However, travelers are allowed to import the above electrical appliances after they have obtained a certificate of approval issued by:

The Director GeneralDepartment of Electricity Supply19 – 20 Floor, Menara Dato’ OnnNo. 41, Putra World Trade CentreJalan Tun Ismail50480 Kuala LumpurMALAYSIATel. No: +603 40475400Fax No: +603 40455776

Importing your household into Malaysia.

1. Please be informed that a person taking up residence in Malaysia is permitted to import used household effects without payment of import duties and sales tax subject to the following conditions:
a. that the importer is the owner of the household effects in question;
b. that it has been in the importers possession and is used for a period of not less than 3 months;
c. that it will not be disposed off within 3 months from date of importation.
2. Household effects are articles which are normally used in the house e.g. washing machines, refrigerators, hi-fi set, furniture, cookery, children toys, computers, clothing etc.
3. The above mentioned facility is applicable to personal belongings only. Office equipment and furniture do not qualify and therefore customs duties and taxes need to be paid.


Goods can be imported and exported by land, air and sea but only at the places listed in the First Schedule of the Customs Regulations, 1977.

All goods meant for import and export either it is under import/export duty or otherwise must be declared in writing in the respective forms; customs form No 1 for imported goods and customs form No 2 for exported goods. Declaration forms must be filled in detail including providing true information regarding the number, description of packages/crates, value, weight, quantity and type of goods. The origin of the goods will also need to be informed. This applies for goods meant for exports as well where the final destination of the goods is notified. Completed Custom forms will need to be submitted to Customs offices at the place where the goods are to be imported or exported.
Under the provision of the Customs Act 1967, importers and exporters are allowed to appoint any agents to act on their behalf with the condition that the agents had been given the approval by the Customs Director General for customs clearance duties. Application for legal agents will need to be given to the customs office at the location where the goods are to be imported or exported.
Separate approvals are not necessary to manage customs clearance duties for each customs office. For example; if approval has been given to manage customs clearance duties in Johor Bahru; this means that the same approval can be applied to all customs clearance offices in the country on the condition that the state Customs Director has been informed.

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