Market Reports/Tariffs
Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods

Malaysia

Import Tariffs
Documentation/Procedures
Restrictions
Standards
Labeling
Market Information

Last updated on 12/12/2012

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact Linda Martinich at the U.S. Department of Commerce- Office of Textiles and Apparel at 202-482-4058 or click here for e-mail access.

**The following information is provided only as a guide and should be confirmed with the proper authorities before embarking on any export activities.**


Import Tariffs - Malaysia
Import tariffs are applied on the c.i.f. (cost, insurance and freight) value of products.

Malaysia: Tariffs (ad valorem) on Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
Yarn
-silk
5003-5006
0
-wool
5105-5110
0
-cotton
5204-5207
10 - 15
-other vegetable fiber
5306-5308
0
-man-made fiber
5401-5406/5501-5511
0 - 30
........................
Woven Fabric
-silk
5007
0 - 10
-wool
5111-5113
0
-cotton
5208-5212
10
-other vegetable fiber
5309-5311
0
-man-made fiber
5407-5408/5512-5516
10
........................
Knit Fabric
60
15
........................
Non Woven Fabric
5603
20
........................
Industrial Fabric
59
0 - 20
........................
Apparel
61-62
0 - 20
........................
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.
63
0 - 20
........................
Carpet

Footwear

Travel Goods
57

64

4202
0 - 20

0 - 30

0

For more tariff information, see the Malaysian Customs Official HS Explorer (for duty applied to U.S.-origin exports, click on the first flag tab at the top left of the table “Perintah Duti Kastam” (Customs Duty). Use the rates under the “Import Rate” column.) Also, see tariff information on the Current Situation of Schedules of Members on the WTO website.

Additional Import Taxes and Fees--Most imported goods are subject to a 10 percent sales tax applied on the c.i.f. value plus duty. Raw materials, machinery, and equipment used to manufacture goods may be exempt from the sales tax.

Samples/Temporary Entry--Entry of exhibit materials for Malaysia-based trade shows is typically handled by official freight-forwarding companies. Malaysia accepts the ATA Carnet, which upon presentation exempts from import duty and taxes, items such as commercial samples, professional equipment, and items used for trade shows or exhibitions.

ATA Carnet--An ATA Carnet or "Merchandise Passport" is a document that facilitates the temporary importation of products into foreign countries by eliminating tariffs and other import taxes or charges normally required at the time of importation. For more information or to apply for an ATA Carnet, see the United States Council for International Business website.

If your product is primarily made in the U.S. of U.S. originating components it may qualify for duty-free entry into countries with which the U.S. has a free trade agreement (FTA). The U.S. currently has FTAs with the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore and South Korea. See the FTA Tariff Tool, to determine the duty-free status or reduced duties that apply to products eligible under these free trade agreements.

Additional resources for tariff information:

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Import Documentation/Procedures (Malaysia)

No specific information is available.

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Royal Malaysian Customs Department - RMCD

For information on common export documents, such as transportation documents, export compliance documents, certificates of origin, certificates for shipments of specific goods, temporary shipment documents, and other export-related documents, see the Export.gov webpage on Common Export Documents.

For country-specific information on import procedures and documentation requirements, see the
Country Commercial Guides (CCG) on the export.gov website.

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Import Restrictions (Malaysia)

Malaysia maintains non-automatic import licensing requirements on Kain sarong batik and on all forms of bullet proof vests and uniforms or distinctive dress, or of any part thereof, of any article of clothing having the appearance or color of such uniform or distinctive dress. Importation of such goods is prohibited without a permit signed by the appropriate authorities. Cloth bearing the imprint or duplicate of any verses of the Quran.is “absolutely prohibited."

See the Malaysian Customs Official HS Explorer for more information and products (by HS code) subject to non-automatic licensing requirements. For a list of prohibited and restricted items, please see the Royal Malaysian Customs Department’s website:

U.S. Export Restrictions:

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the U.S. Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, and international narcotics traffickers and their agents in accordance with U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. The OFAC website includes summaries of sanctions programs for various countries and the “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons” (SDNs) list of entities and individuals with whom U.S. persons may not conduct business and whose property must be blocked if under the control of a U.S. person.

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the U.S. Department of Commerce is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which regulate the export and re-export of most commercial items. BIS maintains the Denied Persons List, which consists of individuals, and companies that have been denied export and re-export privileges by BIS, and the Entity List, which consists of foreign end users who pose an unacceptable risk of diverting U.S. exports and the technology they contain to alternate destinations for the development of weapons of mass destruction

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Standards - Malaysia
No specific information is available.

Local standards organization and other resources:


The National Center for Standards and Certification Information (NCSCI) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce provides information on U.S. and foreign standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures for non-agricultural products. NCSCI staff responds to requests for information by identifying relevant standards and regulations, and by referral to the appropriate standards-developers or private-sector organizations. Under copyright restrictions, NCSCI cannot provide copies of standards, but NCSCI does provide sources for accessing standards.


Notify U.S. - Member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to report to the WTO all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade with other Member countries. Notify U.S. is a free, web-based e-mail subscription service that offers U.S. companies an opportunity to review and comment on proposed foreign technical regulations that may affect their access to international markets.

Additional resources:

Examples of voluntary formaldehyde labeling programs

American Apparel and Footwear Association's Restricted Substances List

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

ASTM International

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)


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Labeling - Malaysia

All imported consumer goods are required to be labeled to identify the importing agent. This is typically accomplished by affixing a label after goods have cleared customs. Labels may be in English or Bahasa Malaysia.


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Market Information - Malaysia


No specific information is available.



U.S. companies may contact the U.S. Commercial Service for information and personalized counseling at every step of the exporting process. Find a U.S. Export Assistance Centers near you.

For information on protecting trademarks, designs, patents and copyrights, see the STOPFAKES.GOV website. STOPFAKES.GOV is dedicated to helping U.S. companies protect their innovations and safely market their products at home and overseas. Find guidance and resources on how to register your company's intellectual property and protect it from counterfeiting and piracy. Also find IPR toolkits for select countries, as well as other country-specific information.

For information on selling to foreign governments, see the Global Procurement Opportunities website.

Other sources for market information and data:
OTEXA Export Market Report (U.S. export data for textiles, apparel, footwear and travel goods)

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service

U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions

U.S. Office of the Trade Representative

Local Industry and Trade Associations

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