Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Public Reminder !!!

Orang Awam dinasihatkan berhati-hati dengan penipuan menggunakan nama 'Jabatan Kastam Diraja Malaysia'
1.    Jabatan Kastam Diraja Malaysia (JKDM) ingin memaklumkan kepada orang awam mengenai penipuan menggunakan nama Jabatan Kastam Diraja Malaysia oleh pihak yang tidak bertanggunjawab.  Modus operandi yang kerap dilakukan ialah melalui penipuan dengan menggunakan nama Ketua Pengarah Kastam, penyamaran sebagai pegawai kastam, penggunaan logo dan kad kuasa Jabatan Kastam Diraja Malaysia (JKDM) dan akhir-akhir ini penipuan di dalam internet dengan mengaitkan penglibatan Jabatan Kastam Diraja Malaysia (JKDM).
2.    Walaupun hebahan telah dibuat melalui akhbar oleh Ketua Pengarah Kastam, melalui Laman Web Jabatan dan surat edaran kepada semua agensi Kerajaan, namun aktiviti negatif ini masih giat dijalankan dan ramai orang awam yang masih tertipu lagi.
3.    Dengan ini Jabatan Kastam Diraja Malaysia (JKDM) ingin menegaskan kepada orang awam bahawa Jabatan Kastam Diraja Malaysia (JKDM) tidak pernah melantik mana-mana pihak ketiga ataupun mana-mana agen untuk bertindak bagi pihak Jabatan Kastam Diraja Malaysia (JKDM) untuk sebarang transaksi mahupun urusan jual-beli.
4.    Jabatan Kastam Diraja Malaysia (JKDM) menasihatkan orang awam agar tidak mudah percaya dan berhati-hati dengan trend taktik penipuan diatas.
Ketua Pengarah Kastam

Sunday, June 26, 2011

List of Products That Require Import and Export Licenses Under MITI

Issuance of Licenses for Import/Export of Items Listed in the Custom Prohibition of Import/Export Orders Under the Customs Act 1967
The import and the export of goods listed under the Custom Prohibition Act 1967 are controlled:
  • To safeguard local manufacturers' interest, health and plant life and the national security of the country.
  • To take into consideration Malaysia 's foreign policies.
  • To ensure that there should be adequate supply of essential goods.
The following goods under the Act require an Import license by MITI:
  1. Raw Sugar.
  2. Other Sugar.
  3. Wheat Flour.
  4. Milk (for tariff code 0401 30 110 and 2202 90 100 only).
  5. Activated Clay and Activated Bleaching Earth.
  6. Flat-Rolled Products of Iron or Non-Alloy Steel, of a width of 600mm or more, Hot Rolled, Not Clad, Plated or Coated.
  7. Flat Rolled Products of Iron or Non-Alloy, of a width of 600mm or more Cold-Rolled. (Cold-Reduced), Not Clad, Plated or Coated.
  8. Flat-Rolled Products of Iron or Non-Alloy Steel, of a width of 600mm or more, Clad, Plated or Coated.
  9. Flat Rolled Products of Iron or Non-Alloy, of a width of 600mm or more Cold-Rolled (Cold-Reduced), Not Clad, Plated or Coated not further worked than Hot Rolled.
  10. Flat-Rolled Products of Iron or Non-Alloy Steel, of a width of less 600mm or more, Not Clad or Coated.
  11. Tubes, Pipes and Hollow Profiles of Cast Iron.
  12. Tubes, Pipes and Hollow Profiles, Seamless, of Iron (other than Cast Iron) or Steel - Line Pipe of kind used for Oil or Gas Pipelines.
  13. Other Tubes and Pipes (ex: Welded, Riveted or Similarly Closed) having Circular Cross- Sections, the external diameter of which exceeds 406.4mm of Iron and Steel.
  14. Other Tubes, Pipes and Hollow Profiles (e.g: Open Seam or Welded, Riveted or Similarly loosed) of Iron or Steel.
  15. Iron & steel products which has been exempted from Import License but require Certificate of Approval from CIDB (Construction) or SIRIM (Other than Construction).
  16. Cable.
  17. Vehicle.
  18. Motorcycle.
  19. Motor Vehicles for the transport of goods (i.e.: Dump Truck & Crawler Carrier).
  20. Special purpose motor vehicles, other than those principally designed for the transport of persons or goods excluding fire fighting vehicles (for example breakdown lorries, crane lorries, concrete-mixer lorries, road sweeper lorries, spraying lorries, mobile workshops, mobile radiological units).
  21. Ships' derricks; cranes, including cable cranes; mobile lifting frames, straddle carriers and works trucks fitted with a crane.
  22. Road Tractors for semi-trailers, completely built-up, old (i.e.: Prime Mover).
  23. Plastic Waste (Waste, Paring and Scrap of Plastics).
  24. Used Tyre.
  25. Toxic Chemicals and their precursors covered under the Chemical Weapon Convention (CWC) 2005 (precursors is a substance that precedes and is the source of another substance).
  26. Photocopy Machine (Black and White).
  27. Photocopy Machine (Colour).
  28. Multifunction Printer.
  29. Toner.
  30. Optical disc mastering and replicating.
  31. Medicine Making Machine.
  32. Safety helmets except as worn by motorcyclist or motorcycle pillion riders.
  33. Activated Clay and Activated Bleaching Earth.
The following goods under the Act require an Export license from MITI:
  1. Refined Sugar.
  2. Other Sugar.
  3. Milk and Milk Product ( Milk & cream, Buttermilk, yogurt, Whey, Butter & other fats/oils, from milk, Cheese & curd, Malt extract, preparation of milk for infant, condensed sweetened/ unsweetened milk).
  4. Cement clinker.
  5. Portland cement.
  6. Naptha.
  7. Roofing tiles.
  8. Bricks.
  9. Wire Rods.
  10. Steel Bar.
  11. Other Bars Free Cutting Steel.
  12. Bars and Rods, Hot- Rolled, in irregularly, Wound Coils, Of other Alloy Steel.
  13. Rods of Alloy Steel; Angles, Shapes and Sections of Other Alloy Steel; Hollow Drill Bars and Rods Of Alloy or Non- Alloy Steel.
  14. Slag, Dross, Scaling & Similar, Waste; iron and steel, zinc.
  15. Iron Waste and Scrap.
  16. Stainless Steel Waste and Scrap.
  17. Copper Waste and Scrap.
  18. Nickel Waste And Scrap.
  19. Aluminum Waste and Scrap.
  20. Lead Waste And Scrap.
  21. Zinc Waste And Scrap.
  22. Zinc Dust, Powders and Flakes.
  23. Pure Tin Ingot.
  24. Tin Waste and Scrap.
  25. Magnesium Waste and Scrap.
  26. Cinematograph film exposed but not developed, of 16 mm or 35 mm.
  27. Toxic chemicals and their precursors covered under the Convention on the Probihition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction 1993 (CWC).
Application procedures for licence to import/export goods under the Customs Act 1967:
  • Completion of form J.K. 69 for import applicants and completion of form Customs No. 2 (Principal Custom Area) or form Customs No. 8 (Licensed Manufacturing Warehouse and Free Trade Zone) for export.
  • Forms can be purchased from Percetakan Nasional Malaysia Berhad or any of its branches.
Submission of applications:
  • Completed applications together with relevant supporting documents must be submitted to either MITI Headquarters or any of its branches depending on the type of goods applied for:

Import and Export Control Division,
2nd Floor, Block 10,
Government Offices Complex,
Jalan Duta, 50622 Kuala Lumpur,
Tel: 603-6203 3022 (General Line)
Fax: 603-6201 3012/4806

Friday, June 24, 2011


To encourage the development of the various economic sectors, the government has given various incentives to boost manufacturing, petroleum, R & D and tourism industries. Exemption from the payment of customs duties under Section 14(2) Customs Act 1967 is one such provision.

There are two (2) provisions under the Customs Act 1967, which empower the Minister of Finance to grant exemption from the payment of import duties, under Section 14 of the Customs Act 1967, the Hon Minister of Finance can either:
2.1 By Order exempt any class of goods or class of persons, or
2.2 Specifically in writing, exempt any individual or company from the payment of any customs duty or prescribed charges or fees payable.

Duty exemption is a form of assistance/ incentive provided by the Government to the manufacturing sector aimed at lowering their cost of production in order to become more competitive in the international arena.
It is believed that, the benefits received in the form of reduced costs would be passed down to the consumers in the domestic market in the form of lower prices. Thus besides providing the domestic consumer the opportunity to enjoy more competitive prices on finished products, the Government's objective of curtailing inflationary pressure is also achieved.

Three government agencies that play a major role in providing the exemption under Section 14(2) Customs Act 1967 are as follows :
Stage 1 Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA) - Application for exemption
Stage 2 Ministry of Finance (Treasury) - To approve or reject application
Stage 3 Royal Customs & Excise Department - To supervise and control
Click here to view the flowchart


5.1 Exemption on Raw Materials and Component Parts
Manufacturers may apply for exemption from import duties on raw materials and components imported and used in the manufacturing of their finished goods. The extent of exemption granted would be very much dependant on whether the goods are manufactured for sale in the domestic market or the export market.
5.1.1 Domestic Market
It is the government's policy to provide full/ partial exemption (where applicable) from import duty on raw materials/ components imported for the manufacturing of goods for local consumption.
5.1.2 Export Market.
To encourage the export market, it is the government's policy to grant full duty exemption on raw materials and components used in the manufacturing of goods exported.
5.2 Exemption on Machinery and Equipment
In conjunction with the exemption given on raw materials/ components, the government also grants exemption on machinery and equipment used in the manufacturing.


6.1 Temporary Exemption via Bank Guarantee
Companies are further allowed to import raw materials/ components or machinery/ equipment pending Treasury approval on condition a copy of the acknowledgement letter from MIDA together with a bank guarantee equivalent to the duty/ tax is submitted to Customs at the time of release.
However if no approval is obtained within six (6) months of release of goods, the relevant duty/ tax would become due and payable thereof.
6.2 Refund On Duties Already Paid
Companies that have obtained Treasury approval letters after the importation of goods are still allowed to make refund claims on import duties that have already been paid within three (3) months from the date of the approval letter.

The exemption may be used/ claimed at the time of release or when the goods are purchased/ obtained from a warehouse licensed under sec. 65 / 65A of the Customs Act 1967.
The invoices and bills of lading should have the importer's/ manufacturer's name and the goods declared in either Customs Form No. 1 or Customs Form No. 9 for customs clearance.

Importation is only allowed through the import stations specified in the Treasury approval letter. Prior approval must be obtained from the original approved importing station before any changes are made to the entry points.

Exemptions are normally given for a period of one to two years. However, new applicants initially start with a one year exemption so that the production performance of both the manufacturers for the domestic and export markets can be easily monitored.

Companies granted duty exemption are documentary controlled. As such, the companies are held fully accountable for the security of the goods and the duties involved, if any of the conditions of the exemption are breached.
The Industry Branch of the Customs Station nearest to the factory normally monitors and controls the activities of the exemption holder.

The Customs Department has been entrusted with the responsibility of monitoring and controlling the users of the above exemption, to ensure that the exemption is enforced in full and at the same time, the conditions as in the "Lampiran" attached are complied with.
To achieve this, the Department from time to time, provides the necessary support and guidelines to ensure exemption holders are aware of their duties and responsibilities.
To facilitate controls, all new exemption holders are required to forward the following documents to the Industry Branch of the Customs Station controlling their factories.
Memorandum and Articles of Association (MA&A);
Form 9, Form 24 and Form 49
Location map [of approved premises];
Flow chart of the manufacturing process;
Input and output ratio.
Specimen signatures and relevant information of authorized personnel dealing with Customs matters ('Lampiran B').
A copy of any utility bill as proof of occupation of premises/ factory.
When manufactured goods using exempted raw materials/ components are exported, exemption holders have to make the necessary declaration on Customs Form No. 2 as specified below:
"Saya [nama]............................[jawatan]...............................di alamat .......................................mengakui bahawa barang siap yang dieksport ini diperbuat dari bahan mentah/ komponen yang diimport DI bawah pengecualian duti DI bawah seksyen 14(2) Akta Kastam 1967 melalui surat Perbendaharaan bil. .........................................................bertarikh........................"
[Nama & jawatan:]
Cop Syarikat:

The company given duty exemption is allowed to do sub contract work by obtaining the necessary approval from the State Director of Customs using " Lampiran M."
Manufactured goods intended for export through third party require prior approval from the relevant State Director of Customs using a Lampiran J.


14.1 The company must notify the Customs Department when there is a change of address/ increase in the number of stores/ factories.
14.2 The company must submit a quarterly return in " Lampiran K" for raw material usage or " Lampiran C" for inventory of machinery/ equipment imported, to the controlling customs station.
14.3 The company is required to maintain proper inventory/ records on machinery/ equipment/ raw materials/ components imported and used.
14.4 The company should obtain written approval from the controlling Customs Station for the movement of goods including the sale, destruction and export of waste, raw material/ components and sales of manufactured goods to the local market. For the sale of any manufacturing waste/ refuse, raw material/ components and manufactured goods to the local market, the duty or tax involved is to be paid. For goods that have been destroyed, the duty or tax involved will be remitted. However, a certificate of destruction must be submitted using a " Lampiran H - Format I" for raw material/ components and manufactured goods destroyed, and " Format II" for waste or refuse.
14.5 The company must inform the Customs Department ( Industry Branch/ Division) within 14 days, on the event of the following incidents:
Date of resolution of winding up.
An order to wind up is issued.
Appointment of liquidator/ receiver.
Upon ceasure of operations, voluntary winding up, involvement in civil suits and such activities.

Should the premises of a company storing exempted goods be destroyed by fire it becomes company's responsibility to forward the following documents to the Industry Branch controlling the factory:
15.1 Description of goods
15.2 Quantity of goods
15.3 Value of goods
15.4 Customs duties involved
15.5 Police Report
15.6 Fire Department Report.
15.7 Explanation from company ( owner's report ).


16.1 Re-imposition of Duty
Whosoever fails to comply with the terms and conditions imposed under the exemption is liable to all customs duties due and payable provided under Section 15 of the Customs Act 1967:
16.2 Provision for Offences
Any person found to have breached the conditions imposed, is liable to pay a fine not exceeding RM 20.000.00 under Section 138 of the Customs Act 1967.
When a serious offence is committed, there is a high possibility of the exemption given being withdrawn and the offender being black listed.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ministry Blacklists Six Cosmetics Products

PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry has warned the public against the use of six cosmetics products, including one from a French manufacturer, found to contain scheduled poisons.
The products BML HB LotionKrim Malam Shana and Natasya Gold Krim Herba are said to contain tretinoin and hydroquinone while Biotox Whitening Hydro Cream contained dexamethasone and Yoko Whitening Cream and Sue Beauty Night Treatment Cream contained tretinoin.
In a statement yesterday, the ministry's Pharmaceutical Services Senior Director Datuk Eisah A. Rahman said the use of tretinoin, hydroquinone and dexamethasone in cosmetics may cause various side effects and should only be used under medical supervision.
Tretinoin can cause redness to the skin, peeling, discomfort and sensitivity to sunlight while hydroquinone can cause redness to skin, discomfort, skin discolouration, hypersensitivity and a gradual blue-black darkening of the skin.
"It also inhibits the pigmentation process and this attenuates the ability of the skin to protect our body from harmful UV rays, which can lead to the risk of getting skin cancer," she said.
Eisah said that dexamethasone, a steroid, when used topically, can cause skin irritation, dry skin, acne, thinning of the skin and increased risk of skin infections.
Prolonged use of topical steroids may result in systemic side effects such as suppression of the adrenal glands, metabolic disturbances and immune response impairment.
"Anyone who is in possession of the products is advised to immediately cease selling, distributing or using it," she said.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Tourism Industry

Tourism Industry – Discover on How You can reach-out to Millions of readers!

Some businesses spent thousands of dollars engaging in advertising and promotional campaign in order to promote their products or service into the market. Worst is, the result wasn’t justify the cost o your investment.

However, we can opt for other options as there are also a few cost effective or perhaps zero cost to get your business reaching out to the public:

Sign-up for every FREE listing you can find e.g. online listing, directory listing, internet portal etc.
Getting involves in Online Forums by giving feedbacks and suggestions and of cause letting people know when your source is and where you came from.
Even if your company decided to go on with advertisement, it is important choose those channels that reflect exactly to your target market and somehow the advertising channel or the subsidiaries had had built a strong foundations.

Recently I’ve found a great platform for FREE listing or even if companies would like to advertise their profile, as there are affordable packages available. Check this out: e-Holiday

The First Few Steps To Boost Your Business in Turbulent Time

Internet has become a main source of promotional tools in today business. In catering to the need and trend, Yellowpages has developed their segment in series of online directories and one of it is e-Holiday, which is doing very well.

In a dynamic business context today, it is important to allocate a budget be it for branding, creating awareness or reaching out to the publics and perhaps your potential client. However, there are tones of advertising medias in the market and all claimed themselves to be great.

It’s important to understand the criteria, as the guideline for us when we source for one. Based on our years of business in the distribution channels, the top rated criteria when selecting for an advertisement channel are:
Maximum Exposure. Consider the other related strengths of the particular channel. This is to ensure that your advertisement is well-placed and assured of being exposed to high traffic usage.
Track & Measure Information. Look for advertising tools that somehow can enable you to track users who click on your link, see where they go on your website, know which product is the most interesting to users, and correspond with your product development as well as sales target.
Focused Market. Do some research and study on the target segment of the advertising channel. On a later stage, this will help you reach-out to users who are looking for you product e.g. Tourism Industry.
Affordable Advertising Rates. A comprehensive advertising packages that contain information that you want others and your potential client to know about you particularly in Tourism Industry  

Researching Topics

The Internet is primarily used to communicate, entertain, educate and research. It is thus no wonder that information-intensive eBooks, e-Directories, e-Catalogues etc are the most popular online products at present.

How do you decide on having those to help bring sales lead for your business?

There is no right or wrong answer which is the best way to promote online... Perhaps some of the good suggestions are:
Digitized your current printed material e.g. Brochures, Catalogues etc and start doing mass marketing via emails.
Out-source the marketing programme to the experts if you have some budget for this, as might cause you sum amount of money.
Associate with the established organisation that somehow inter-related to your industry to get leverage on their corporate branding and clientele, this will depend on what win-win benefits you can offers back to them?
Engage with medias in terms of advertisement channels depending on which target segment that your nature of business is aiming.

The whole idea is to tag along into an existing statically proven channel and leverage on it to reach out to your potential clients. Therefore Yellowpages had created e-Holiday, a Digitized Directory, as a perfect platform. e-Holiday

Generate more business leads with e-Holiday
High quality leads straight to your phone & website
Cost-effective advertising to suit all budgets
Range of options to stand out from your competitors
Choose advertising that best targets your customers

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Exports likely to hit RM700bil this year

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's total export value is expected to reach RM700bil this year from RM639.4bil last year.
International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamedsaid the expected increase this year would be in line with 10th Malaysia Plan export growth target of 10.6%.
According to the Miti Report 2010 that was launched yesterday, manufactured products which dominated the bulk of the country's total exports last year saw an increase of 11.6% to RM461bil against 2009, accounting for 72.1% of the total exports.
Meanwhile, mining exports increased by 28.5% to RM101.9bil while agricultural goods grew by 29.6% to RM71.8bil last year.
Specifically, the major exports last year were electrical and electronics products, palm oil, chemicals and chemicals products, liquefied natural gas and crude petroleum.
With import value growth of 21.8% to RM529.2bil last year, the trade surplus was at RM110.2bil.
In terms of foreign direct investment (FDI) this year, Mustapa was confident Malaysia would surpass or at least be at par with last year's figure of RM29bil.
“This is based on the FDI figure for the first quarter of this year at RM11bil. At this juncture, the FDI figure looks good.
“The investment committee jointly chaired by me and Pemandu chief executive officer Datuk Seri Idris Jala meets every fortnight to look at investment figures as well as issues and problem to achieve our target. At the moment, I can say that we are on track,” he told reporters at the report launch yesterday, the 19th annual report of the ministry to date.
“I am telling this because we are doing things differently now in making sure the smooth inflows of FDI into the country.”
For total trade of the country, Miti was pleased that last year's achievement of RM1.17bil, which reflected a 18.4% increase over 2009, was close to the country's pre-global economic crisis level of RM1.18bil in 2008.
“So far this year, the total trade performance has been quite good with a 10% increase in the first four months compared with the same period last year,” said Mustapa.
In terms of industries' contribution to the gross domestic products (GDP), the report said while the manufacturing sector would continue to contribute significantly to the overall GDP growth, the services sector would be developed as a growth engine and contribute 57.7% to the country's GDP this year.
Last year, the services sector contributed 57.4% to the country's GDP. By the end of the 10MP, the services sector is expected to contribute to 61% of the GDP.
Other key figures released in the report included RM47.2bil in total investments were received for 910 manufacturing projects approved and 97,319 jobs were created.
On the development of free trade agreements (FTA) in 2010, regional Asean FTAs with India, Australia and New Zealand came into force on Jan 1 while bilateral FTA with New Zealand was effective on Aug 1 last year.
Bilateral FTA with Chile and India negotiations have been successfully concluded and bilateral FTA negotiations with Turkey and the European Union have commenced.
Malaysia was also accepted as a full negotiating partner in the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership last year.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sime Darby to Fight Corruption

As a principle of corporate Governance, it should start at the top and may or may not end at the top. The tone at the top helps to shape up strong corporate governance.

As reported in today newspaper, Sime Darby Berhad signed and handed its Corporate Integrity Pledge for the initiative to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to formalize its commitment in fighting corruption.

The pledge is in accordance with the second initiative of the Government Transformation Programme to fight corruption.

In this area, Sime Darby will work closely with MACC on fine-tuning its internal processes and improve its corporate governance and also to curb bribery and corruption especially among its stakeholders, including suppliers and staff. MACC will act as a secretariat to co-ordinate and assist in the implementation of the pledge. Sime Darby will work with MACC to organize courses for its suppliers pertaining to law and better conduct in doing business.

Abu Kassim, the chief of MACC said Sime Darby had undergone a self-regulating process and it would report to the MACC on efforts it had taken by the end of the year (2011).

Source: TheStar and NST, June 10, 2011

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Understand the details about Import & Export Malaysia Customs Documentation

Malaysian Customs Documentation - Custom documentation's would consist of prescribed forms which appear in the second schedule of the Customs Regulations 1977.
These prescribed forms which are applicable for the importation and exportation of goods are goods declaration forms. The type of customs declaration form that is required by the customs department depends on the type of customs procedure applicable to the goods.

The types of customs declaration forms:-
  • Customs No.1 for declaration of imported goods.
  • Customs No.2 for declaration of export of goods.
  • Customs No.3 for application/permit to transport goods within the Federation.
  • Customs No.8 for application permit to transship/remove goods
  • Customs No.9 for requisition/permit to release dutiable goods.
Proper preparation of customs declaration forms is highly essential. Special attention must be given to the full description, numbers, marks, packing and weight of the packages, the unit value and the total value, and the tariff classification of the goods.Section 79 of the Customs Act 1967 requires the declaring of dutiable goods imported to give a full and true account of the number and description of packages, of the description, weight, measure or quantity, and value of all such dutiable goods and the country of origin of such goods.

The exporter of dutiable goods, on the other hand, is also required to declare the full and true account of the number and description of packages and of the description, weight, measure or quantity and the country of destination of such goods as stated in Section 80 of the Customs Act 1967.
The declaring of non-dutiable goods imported or to be exported is required to give a full or true account of the particulars for which are required in the respective prescribed forms.
Section 90 of the Customs Act 1967 allows customs declaration forms to be made by the owner of the goods or by a forwarding agent licensed by the customs department for that purpose and to be duly authorized by the owner of the goods.

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