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Moving to Malaysia

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Moving to Malaysia

What you need to know when moving to Malaysia

Moving to Malaysia & ShippingWhether you’re emigrating on your own or with your family, we know it can be daunting to try and organise your belongings and figure out the best way to ship them.

Here at Transworld, we are experts on what you will need to know for moving to Malaysia. From Malaysian customs, to shipping options and restrictions; we have you covered. Our friendly team are here to make your international moving experience as easy and stress-free as possible.

To help you with your move to Malaysia, we’ve put together some useful tips and advice about:

  1. Shipping options
  2. Malaysian customs
  3. What you can and can’t take


Shipping to Malaysia: your options

When Shipping freight to Malaysia from New Zealand, Transworld offers a variety of shipping options.

To ensure you pick the best option for you, make sure you consider the following:

  1. How much do you want to ship?
  2. What’s your budget?
  3. How fast do you want your goods to arrive?

FCL: shipping all your household belongings

FCL stands for "full container load". This is the best option for those who are moving their entire household, and need the space of a large container.

When moving to Malaysia, if you want your belongings to arrive as quickly as possible, FCL is one of the quickest options. This is because you don’t have to share it and once it is filled it will be ready to go straight away.

Key benefits:

  1. Large capacity: FCL is usually plenty of space for a whole household.
  2. Speedy shipping: once your FCL is packed, it will be loaded onto the first available vessel and be on its way as soon as possible.
  3. Broad shipping locations: our FCL service covers most major ports in Malaysia.

Groupage: sharing the shipping

Shipping to MalaysiaIf you’re moving to Malaysia, with a small number of household items, sharing a container on a groupage basis is a great choice.

By picking groupage, you will only have to pay for the space you use. While this is a more cost effective option, please keep in mind that this will take a little longer since you are sharing with others.

Key benefits:

  1. Affordable: you only pay for the amount of space you use in the container.
  2. Flexible space: you can pack in a few boxes, or a small household worth.
  3. Ship to many locations: our groupage service covers most major ports in Malaysia.

Air Freight: the fast option

The fastest option we have is flying your belongings.

When shipping to Malaysia, we recommend air freight for those who are not taking many items or for those with items they need quickly on arrival. Keep in mind however, that this is the most costly shipping option.

Key benefits:

  1. Flying fast: if you want to get your items to Malaysia as fast as possible this is the best choice.
  2. Easy for a few items: air freight is a simple option if you only have a few small items.
  3. Flies to many cities: our air freight service covers most major airports in Malaysia.


How long will shipping to Malaysia take?

Each shipping (or flying) option has slightly varied transit times to arrive in your new home Malaysia:

  1. FCL: If you’re shipping a full-container-load, this will take approximately 4-6 weeks to arrive in Malaysia.
  2. Groupage: When shipping your belongings to Malaysia on a groupage basis, this will take approximately 9-11 weeks. This is due to the sharing nature of groupage.
  3. Air Freight: Flying your items is the quickest option. If you choose to ship your items by air, your items will arrive in Malaysia in approximately 2-3 weeks.

Want to know how much shipping to Malaysia costs? Get a free quote!


Malaysian Customs and quarantine formalities

Malaysia CustomsThe Transworld team are here to help – we will take care of all Customs and quarantine formalities required to get you on your way to Malaysia.

Our experienced team will organise all of your paperwork and formalities including the following:

  1. Quarantine inspection.
  2. Supplying you with the correct Malaysian Customs forms.
  3. Taking an inventory of and packing your shipment.

All you will need to do is provide us with the following identification and details:

  1. Copies of your passport and anyone moving with you.
  2. Indication of your intended length of stay – i.e. indefinitely, tourist or temporary residence, etc.


What you can and can’t ship to Malaysia

Prohibited and restricted items

Before boxing all your things and getting ready to ship them to Malaysia, remember to check that you don’t have any prohibited or restricted items.

Prohibited items include:

  1. Unlicensed drugs, guns, weapons or indecent material.
  2. Obscene and Pornographic material.
  3. Animal products such as milk or meat.
  4. Counterfeit money or products.
  5. Plants or animals (except pets with a permit).
  6. Imitation guns or firearms.

Restricted items that require a permit:

  1. Motor vehicles and motorcycles.
  2. Alcoholic beverages (also there is very high Duties and Taxes).
  3. Domestic pets.

Importing firearms and weapons into Malaysia

Prohibited & Restricted Items in MalaysiaIt is strictly prohibited to ship firearms, dangerous weapons, imitation firearms, fireworks and explosives to Malaysia. The rules and penalties for such items are very tough in Malaysia.

Shipping vehicles to Malaysia

When importing vehicles to Malaysia, there are very high Customs Duties and Taxes, so we usually do not recommended it.

However, if you do decide to ship your vehicle, as the owner of the vehicle; you must obtain a permit from the Malaysian Ministry of International Trade before importation of the vehicle.

Taking your pets with you to Malaysia

Wanting to bring your pet with you when you move to Malaysia? Transworld can assist you in this process.

To ensure your pet is eligible, make sure you do the following:

  1. Ensure your pet is microchipped.
  2. Obtain a recent veterinary certification within 7 days of flying.
  3. Book a quarantine stay for your pet.
  4. Obtain an import permit.


Transworld: a complete door-to-door service

From the moment you decide you’re moving, to the moment you’re sitting in your new home in Malaysia, the Transworld team will be by your side every step of the way.

From New Zealand to Malaysia, our door-to-door service takes the stress out of your move.

Worrying about moving to Malaysia? The team at Transworld have you covered! We will make your transition smooth and stress-free. Give us a call today for a free quote!


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