Importing goods into Malaysia may involve some challenges, but it is generally not considered a difficult process. Malaysia is an open economy with a well-developed trade and logistics infrastructure, and it has established customs procedures and regulations to facilitate the import of goods.

However, there are some specific requirements that must be met in order to import goods into Malaysia, including obtaining the necessary import licenses and permits, paying any applicable duties and taxes, and complying with the country’s import regulations and laws. These requirements may vary depending on the type of goods being imported and the specific laws and regulations in place.

Special customs brokerage and clearance

It is recommended for importers to familiarize themselves with the import procedures and requirements in Malaysia and to work with a customs broker who can assist with the import process. Some specific responsibilities of a customs broker may include:

  • Filing documents and paperwork: Customs brokers are responsible for preparing and submitting the necessary documents and paperwork to the customs authorities, such as the bill of lading, invoice, and customs valuation certificate.
  • Obtaining import licenses and permits: Depending on the type of goods being imported, certain import licenses and permits may be required. Customs brokers can assist clients with obtaining these permits.
  • Paying duties and taxes: Customs brokers can help clients calculate and pay any applicable duties and taxes.
  • Advising clients on customs regulations: Customs brokers are knowledgeable about the customs regulations and laws of various countries and can provide guidance to clients on how to comply with these regulations.
  • Coordinating with carriers and freight forwarders: Customs brokers often work with carriers and freight forwarders to ensure that the imported goods are delivered to the proper destination.
Special customs brokerage and clearance to Malaysia

However, for certain types of products and goods, special knowledge and experience would be required to ensure that the importation of goods is carried out smoothly and efficiently.

VSHUB provides special customs brokerage and clearance by acting as the Importer of Record (IOR) for companies and individuals importing goods into Malaysia. The primary role of an Importer of Record (IOR) is to ensure that imported goods are properly classified, that the correct duties and taxes are paid, and that the goods meet all applicable regulatory requirements.

Some of the specific roles and responsibilities of an IOR may include:

  • Obtaining the necessary import licenses or permits: Depending on the nature of the goods being imported, the IOR may need to obtain specific licenses or permits in order to bring the goods into the country. This can include things like product-specific permits or licenses, as well as more general import licenses or permits.
  • Providing product information to customs authorities: The IOR is typically responsible for providing detailed information about the goods being imported to the customs authorities, including information about the nature and origin of the goods, as well as their value and any applicable duties or taxes.
  • Ensuring that the goods are properly classified: The IOR is responsible for accurately classifying the goods being imported in order to determine the correct duties and taxes. This requires a thorough understanding of the relevant tariff codes and classification rules.
  • Paying duties and taxes: The IOR is responsible for paying any duties and taxes that are applicable to the imported goods. This includes calculating the correct amount of duties and taxes due, as well as making the necessary payments to the customs authorities.
  • Coordinating with the seller or manufacturer of the goods: In some cases, the IOR may need to coordinate with the seller or manufacturer of the goods to ensure that they are properly prepared for shipment and meet all applicable standards. This can include things like obtaining product certifications or completing necessary paperwork.
  • Coordinating with logistics providers and freight forwarders: The IOR may also be responsible for coordinating with logistics providers and freight forwarders to ensure that the goods are shipped and cleared through customs in a timely and efficient manner.

VSHUB has a track record of being the IOR for many types of products and goods ranging from consumer products, industrial goods, food and beverages and machineries on behalf of our customers in the past 10 years or more. Our customers include end consumers, small and medium enterprises as well as large companies.

VSHUB is a specialist in handling door-to-door shipping which includes special customs brokerage and clearance to Malaysia as an importer of record. Together with Borderclick, we have handled over 30,000 deliveries including customs handling and clearance for more than 5,000 satisfied customers.