International Freight Forwarder and Customs Broker Based in China

Shipping from China to Malaysia | Sea & Air Freight Rates

Are you looking for transportation and logistics services for China to Malaysia?

We offer a wide variety of services tailored to your needs.

Whether it’s shipping by air freight or via ocean shipping containers, our team will endeavor to bring you the best and most affordable transport solutions from China to Malaysia.

This dedicated Malaysia country guide will give you all the main details related to your shipment from China to Malaysia: time, rates, processes, duties and taxes…

Table of Contents

What are the Shipping Routes from China to Malaysia?

Door to Door shipping from China to Malaysia

When it comes to DDP shipping, there are 2 main options for you: DDP air freight and DDP sea shipping.

With your authorization, we can pick up the goods from your factory to transport them to the sea port or airport.

Otherwise, the goods you wish to ship need to be sent to our warehouses in Shenzhen, Guangzhou…


Door-to-door quotes include the above, as well as: 

– Customs clearance fees. If customs require a further inspection of your cargo, additional fees may be charged.

– Trucking fees

– Cargo insurance (this is a must have. Don’t ship your products without getting them covered!)


DDP air freight

 Shipping Type: LCL Shipping

– Shipping Time: 07-14 days

– Export Declaration: Your factory is not the exporter to declare.

– Destination: We can send to your business or private address, as well as Amazon FBA warehouses.


DDP sea shipping

 Shipping Type: LCL Shipping, check for FCL availability.

– Shipping Time: 20-30 days

 Export Declaration: Your factory is not be the exporter to declare

– Destination: We can send to your business or private address, as well as Amazon FBA warehouses.


Sea Freight & Container Shipping From China To Malaysia

Transport by sea is one of the most popular options for shipping and this is a key means for goods coming to Malaysia from China. 


Ocean freight will be the best deal for you if :

– Your suppliers are located near a major Chinese port

– Your goods are bigger than 2 CBM

– You’re not in a hurry to receive them


In China we can make sure your goods are exported from all major ports such as ShanghaiQingdao, ShenzhenGuangzhouDalianTianjin, Xiamen, Macao, and Hong Kong.

We offer a variety of services from full door-to door, to door-to-port, and port-to-port.

With a door-to-door service, your goods will be in our hands from the factory/retailer in China all the way to your address in Malaysia.

Goods coming into China arrive at Malaysia’s premier ports such as Kelang, Johor, Kuantan, Tanjung Pelepas, Bintulu.


FCL and LCL shipping

You can transport your goods by both FCL and LCL shipping. 

There are many factors you need to consider when shipping from China to Malaysia.

A standard 40 foot container can accommodate 22 standard pallets, with a 20 foot container holding 10 pallets.

If you’re shipping large volumes and can fill a container, it makes sense to choose FCL (Full Container Load). 

The other advantage of Full container Load is that your items are kept separate from other importers.

On the other hand, LCL (Less than a Container Load) refers to shipping where your goods share space within a container with other goods.

If you’re OK with that, then LCL shipping (also known as groupage) offers a more economical way to ship smaller quantities that make up less than half of the volume of a full container.


Considerations for LCL Freight Shipping

LCL shipping means your goods will share space with goods from other companies.

This also means that your delivery might take a little bit longer, because of both the packing and unpacking process. 

Before departure, your goods will be stored in a consolidation warehouse in China until departure, and then on arrival be held in a de-consolidation warehouse in Malaysia before they are delivered to your address.


Considerations for FCL Freight Shipping

FCL shipping means renting an entire container for your shipment.

If you have a large enough cargo to occupy a container, or even most of a container, FCL shipping may make the most economical sense.

It’s also quicker than LCL shipping as there is no need to consolidate or deconsolidate your items from others.

Your container will also remain sealed throughout the journey and unless customs officials select it for inspection will be sealed until it arrives at your address or chosen destination.


Special sea freight services

Reefer container from China to Malaysia

Some goods are constantly in need of a controlled environment. To allow their great transport, Reefer containers are constantly maintaining a chosen temperature. Many categories of products like chemicals, food and others are sent exclusively with this method. SINO Shipping is fully proficient to book you a Reefer container from all the cities in China in destination to Malaysia.


Roro/Bulk/OOG from China to Malaysia

These ships are very well shaped for the transfer through an ocean of vehicles like trucks, buses, boats or simply cars. This kind of vessel is composed of a retractable ramp on its back that enables vehicles to be driven directly inside the ship. 

If you have big quantities of raw materials to transfer, bulk cargo is a good solution. This type of vessel has great cisterns that permit it to stock great quantities of liquid or solid raw products like corn, oil, cement… without using containers.

OOG, which stands for Out of Gauge, are shipments that are more voluminous than a container, and that can’t be split to be placed in several containers. These items require a particular heed to be shifted. We can provide this type of solution too.

*All these kinds of freight solutions can be asked to us. As all goods can’t fit the constraints of a container, we developed a very complete spectrum of freight solutions. From China to Malaysia, we’re fully proficient in the handling of bulk, RORO and OOG cargo.


Air Freight From China To Malaysia

We have developed a vast network of carriers that specialize in air cargo transportation, offering daily and weekly departures from China’s main airports to any air destination in the globe.

Air freight will be the most efficient solution if :

– Your goods are smaller than 2 CBM and 200 kg

– You’re in a hurry to receive/send the goods

Our SINO Shipping air freight service from China to Malaysia provides safe and reliable solutions for all your air transportation needs including time sensitive and high value commodities.

Our shipping options include airport-to-airport, door-to-door, airport-to-door and door-to-airport services, among others.

With our service, we’ll take care of each step of the journey, making sure that your goods arrive at your destination when you need them.

The normal transit time for air freight from China to Malaysia is around 3 to 7 days.

This can vary owing to seasonal demands and traffic in the freight market at certain times of year. Our years of experience can bring expert knowledge to your logistical needs in this respect.


The charter service offers you peace of mind and bespoke services as well as a long list of goods that are possible to ship. We can arrange this service for you and ship goods such as:

– Consumer goods

– High-value goods

– Sensitive cargo such as hazardous, fresh, or perishable goods

– Time-critical freight

– Medical supply & humanitarian relief aid

– Heavy load & oversized equipment

– Car, Aircraft and ships spare parts


When it comes to weight, we offer options from 10,000lb (5000kgs) to 45,000lb (22,000 kgs) which can be transported in crates or boxes, on pallets, or as bulk.

Our part charter and full charter options range from 10.000 lbs (5.000 kgs) to 45.000 lbs (22.000 kgs), loadable in pallets, skids, crates or simply bulk.

Hit that contact button right now to receive an air freight quotation in less than 24hours!

What are the FCL Shipping Costs from China to Malaysia

FCL Container freight rates from China to Malaysia (updated February 2023)

What are the LCL Shipping Costs from China to Malaysia

LCL Consolidation sea freight rates from China to Malaysia (updated February 2023)

What are the Air Freight Shipping Costs from China to Malaysia

Air freight rates from China to Malaysia (updated February 2023)

Ocean Sea, Air & Express transit times from China to Malaysia 

Sea Freight :

*Transit times between China and Malaysia are generally around 8-14 days, depending on the port of loading, and the port of entry.

Air & Express Freight:

What is the cheapest way of shipping from China to Malaysia ?

The most affordable option to ship from China to Malaysia, regardless of the shipping method you choose, is through a reputed China Freight Forwarder like SINO Shipping.

We at SINO Shipping are able to pass along our high-volume shipping rates in addition to providing a best rate guarantee on all modes of transportation. Start now and get a shipping estimate from China.

How to ship container and import from China to the Malaysia

Step 1: Check trade laws in China and Malaysia

Each country has its own specific laws and regulations when it comes to importing and exporting.

When you’re importing from China to Malaysia, this means being aware, or at the very least working with a logistic partner that is aware of the regulations in both countries.

Staying informed is crucial to your business as breaking the law could be a huge legal headache, not to mention potentially causing financial difficulties for your business. 

When it comes to importing, having the right documents ready every time is of the utmost importance.


Step 2: Decide what you are importing

 For each business, being aware of the market is crucial for success.

While you may find a commodity that you like, be sure to check that there is enough demand for it and that in cases where there are other suppliers you are serving a need they aren’t providing.


Step 3: Choose a viable shipping method

Depending on your volume and regularity of shipping, choosing the right method of transportation could be crucial for your business.

While obviously air freight is going to be more expensive, it also offers advantages in speed which could mean that it is an economically viable option.


Step 4: Find a supplier

Locating and ordering from a supplier is of course a vital step.

When you start to regularly ship you may start building a relationship with your supplier, one that can have mutually-beneficial outcomes for both sides.

The perfect scenario is getting quality goods while your supplier gets regular business.

Chinese suppliers can be found via a variety of means.

For example there are very famous websites that act as a portal for Chinese businesses and you can find websites that offer business-to-business and business-to-client services. Another option may be to visit Chinese trade fairs.

While this takes a lot more planning, seeing products in person and getting to speak to their representatives can be well worth the time and money it takes to travel.

Your freight forwarding agents may also be a great source of information. Their jobs involve logistical planning of goods and cargo so its very likely they’ll have a lot of contacts already in the Chinese industry.

Feel free to get in contact with us and let us know your business and we can do our best to find you a suitable partner.

Finally, specialist Chinese sourcing companies may be an option as they provide a service based on sourcing what you need from China and save the hassle of going through long lists of suppliers. 

As a company with a long history of freight logistics, we have experience in this field, so if you are looking for help with price negotiation or transportation logistics, then let us know and we’ll help you get the best price and arrangement for your business.


Step 5: Check and estimate your tax liability.

Each country has its own tax and customs regime and if you’re importing from China to the US, you’ll need to be aware of Malaysia.

Malaysia customs  rates vary from 0 to 37.5 percent, with a typical duty rate about 5.63 percent.

Make sure you know ahead of time what the fees will be as this will affect your business plan.


Step 6: Define your incoterms

International Trade- know your incoterms

Incoterms refers to the internationally recognised rules governing global trade. 

These rules refer to the various responsibilities along supply chains.

 Such rules could be who is responsible for monitoring shipments or making payments at certain stages in the process. 

Make sure you’re familiar with them.


Step 7: Customs clearance from China to Malaysia

Customs clearance can be frustrating, but it’s a necessary part of doing business internationally.

Make sure you are aware of all the stages, including declaration, obtaining permits, warehousing (if needed), and exiting the goods.


Step 8: Hiring a freight forwarder

Transporting goods is a complex procedure which is why businesses of all sizes choose to use freight forwarders to help them get their goods from A to B.

 Experienced freight forwarders such as ourselves know exactly what it takes to ship goods from one country to another and we can handle your goods from door-to-door, port-to-port, or anything in-between.

 Hiring a freight forwarder to handle the bureaucracy and logistics of international trade can be a very economical decision. Get in contact with us today, and we’ll arrange a quote for you.

Do I have to pay customs duties for a package sent from China to Malaysia?

Every shipment which is imported into Malaysia has to undergo clearance processes, especially when crossing several countries. This is a key aspect of the whole process. Every single necessary document has to be carefully provided to the customs authorities, to make sure there are no troubles for the release of the shipment.



The following documents have to be provided to the Malaysian customs: 

  • Invoice
  • Packing list
  • Delivery letter
  • Leaflet, catalogue or other related documents
  • Insurance certificate, if insured
  • Bill of lading
  • Letter of credit (if used)
  • Permit, licenses/ certificates
  • Proof of fare payment
  • A declaration form (Customs Form No. 1) that mentions the number, description of packages/ crates, value, weight, quantity and type of goods and country of origin
  • Completed Custom forms should be submitted to Customs offices at the place where the goods are imported or exported.
  • All duties/ custom taxes imposed on imported goods will need to be paid in advance before the goods can be released. Taxes to be paid include import tax and sales tax.

Not all products require a license though. However, having an overall understanding of Malaysia’s licensing requirements when importing within the country is vital to avoid troubles with customs. You can rely on our experience and expertise in handling customs procedures to ensure a prompt and quick release of your road shipment.

What duties and taxes will I pay for my goods?

Remark : That’s a priority to think of when you’re working in International Trade.

Malaysia is aligned with the Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) for imported and exported goods coming from non-members states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). China is not part of the ASEAN, but there are still some FTAs between both countries (China-ASEAN Framework Agreement), facilitating business transactions.

Here are some useful tools to calculate the tariff barriers of your products between the two countries

To find further information about duties and taxes in ASEAN, please check the official website: ASEAN – CHINA Free trade aera business portal.

Malaysia’s tariff rates range from 0 to 50%, applying ad valorem rates. Nevertheless, the average duty paid for imported industrial goods is 6.1%. Higher rates are applied for goods for which production already exists within the country, as well as ‘sinful’ goods such as pork and alcohol.



Reduced tariffs or tariff exemptions are applied for raw materials that are not easy to source within the country, and used for the manufacture of exported goods. Malaysian has been applying a GST on imported goods of 6%.

Alert SINO : Malaysia recently decided to drop this 6% GST. From the 1st of June 2018, the country is supposed to charge a 0% for GST.

Here is the composition of an HS Code, you can now see what an HS code is and what does it mean



You already know the HS Code of your products? You can find the tariff barrier that applies on the official website. Note that at the moment their website ( is down so you should check directly with our SINO Experts.

To find further information about duties and taxes in Malaysia according to your HS code, please check the official website: Customs in Malaysia.


Customs contact in China

china customs import

Official name: General Administration of Customs of China

Official Website: Chinese Customs Website


Customs contact in Malaysia


Official name: Royal Malaysian Customs Department

Official Website: Malaysian Customs Website

SINO Shipping’s Freight Storage and Warehousing services

We offer a warehousing service for all your logistic needs.

When transporting goods, you might want to temporarily store them in a warehouse, especially if you are sourcing your cargo from many different outlets.

Warehousing means you can collect and consolidate your goods, which can save you money in the long run, especially if it means you can collect enough to make a full container economically viable.

Our facilities provide all the standard services when it comes to warehouse logistics, such as loading, unloading, crating, palletizing, and temporary storage.

Does Alibaba Ship to Malaysia?

Alibaba offers shipping to Malaysia. Yes. In actuality, a large number of Alibaba suppliers have prior experience shipping to Malaysia. You have the option of shipping freight by air or by sea.

But using a specialist China freight forwarder such as SINO Shipping will allow you not to be ripped off with hidden costs and also pay less for your freight with better rates. Logistics is not the job of your suppliers. Never forget that.

What goods are imported into Malaysia?

Some of the top goods are:

  • Electrical machinery,
  • Machinery
  • Vehicles
  • Computers
  • Mineral fuels
  • Plastics, plastic articles
  • Optical, technical, medical apparatus
  • Iron, steel
  • Articles of iron or steel
  • Organic chemicals
  • Aluminium

What items cannot be sent to Malaysia?

Every country has its own list of items that are prohibited. Malaysia is no exception and we list below some of the key items that are prohibited.

It’s important to know this as being aware of the law when it comes to importing is vital to making your business a success. If in any doubt at all, then make sure you contact your freight forwarder who will be able to properly assess whether the goods you want to import are feasible and legal.

Failure to do so could result in a nasty surprise when it comes to customs and as the importer you’ll be responsible. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to importing, so get in contact with us.

Restricted and prohibited goods for importing into Malaysia.

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SINO Shipping – Freight Forwarder China to Malaysia

Who we are

SINO Shipping by FS International has become one of the most trusted names in global logistics and transportation in its region and the world.


When we start

SINO Shipping by FS International was established in Hong Kong in September 1989.


What we do

SINO Shipping provides a full range of logistics and transportation services with particular emphasis on efficiency and reliability at a competitive rate and, of course, the assurance of personal service. Our tactical services include import/export freight-forwarding, ocean and air transportation, overland transportation, custom brokerage and regulatory compliance, project cargo services, warehousing and distribution, supply chain management and information management.


Where we are

Headquartered in Hong Kong , the company has branch offices in major cities in the Far East. Together with our agents in over 50 countries worldwide, we are able to extend our logistics, know-how and experience in serving our clients.


How we do it

Through recognition of consolidated strengths to benefit our global client SINO Shipping by FS International founded together with its long years business partners an international network namely EUROPE ASIA ALLIANCE (EAA) back in 2007. Over the years EAA has grown to a medium sized freight forwarding network with remarkable success due to its binding rule “exclusivity” which is the key to make ourselves distinctive from the other networks.


Why we do it

SINO Shipping’s business philosophy focuses on the principles of honesty, integrity and complete dedication to our clients. Our operations and management staff adhere to these principles with much enthusiasm and professionalism. In addition to providing superb customer services to our clients, we commit ourselves to know what matters most to our clients, by listening, by learning, by comprehending and by delivering tailored solutions. Cross-functional teams of professionals from every unit in our organization work with every one of our clients closely, continuously seeking opportunities for process improvement and savings. Ready to deliver attention to every detail, on every shipment, every time is our promise.

Our intense customer focus is well complimented by a strong, mature global network of agents that enable us to meet our clients’ most complicated shipping challenges, delivering even greater bottom-line value to their supply chain.

At SINO Shipping, we’ve been helping customers grow for years by never losing sight of two basic values: We care. And we keep our promises.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to ship from China to Malaysia?

*Transit times between China and Malaysia are generally around 8-14 days, depending on the port of loading, and the port of entry. SINO Advice : This might be the slowest freight mode, but it is at the same time one of the most cost-effective.

How much does it cost to ship from China to Malaysia?

The least expensive transportation method from China to Malaysia is sea freight. However, the season, port, container type, and weight all affect how much it costs to send goods from China to Malaysia. If we use an average rate, each container will cost $2200 USD. This cost can range from US $1800 to $2500, depending on the port-to-port shipment.

How long does shipping take from Yiwu to Malaysia?

It will take roughly 23 to 25 days to get from the Yiwu warehouse to your door. How long will it take from your China warehouse to reach Malaysia? It will take roughly 18–20 days to go from Guangzhou to KL, however, it will take roughly 23–25 days to travel from Yiwu to KL.

How can I import from China to Malaysia?

Malaysian custom officials will require the following documents when bringing in goods from China: 1. Customs Export or Import Declaration. 2. Certificate of Origin – China. 3. Bill of Lading. 4. Packing List. 5. Commercial Invoice. 6. Letter of credit (if used) 7. Proof of fare payment.

Do I have to pay import tax from China to Malaysia?

However, without any active FTAs, products imported from other nations will be subject to the standard import tariff rates. A Sales & Service Tax (SST) of 10% is levied on all imported goods into Malaysia, including electronics and food items.