What is the best way to ship goods from/to Malaysia ?


If you’re searching for an answer to this question, it probably means that you’re close to import/export Chinese goods from/to Malaysia. Because great English information isn’t easy to find on the web about this topic, we decided to build this page to clarify all your thoughts about it. Reliable information are hard to find on internet about this topic, this page will help you to clarify some point regarding your project. Our decades of experience on the Asian market enables us to provide all technical information related to your logistics needs. Air freight, Sea freight, Cross border by truck or customs clearance ? Feel free to consult our article or contact our SINO Experts. No matter if you are an accomplished exporter/importer, or a novice in the domain, if you’re planning a one-shot import/export in/to Malaysia, or regular business, our team will be dedicated to give you the best !




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 is 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?

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

Tarif finder ASEAN

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%.

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

harmonized stystem codes

Customs contact in China

China customs emblem

Customs contact in Malaysia


Customs process

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shipping service

We are one of the biggest providers of sea freight services from China to anywhere in Malaysia. We handle every step of the logistics chain: packing, storage, freight, customs clearance, delivery, unloading… to ensure a hassle-free shipment to every single customer who works with us.

At SINO Shipping, we provide highly efficient sea shipments from the biggest cities of China, as – Guangzhou, Tianjin, Dalian, Shenzhen, Ningbo, Shanghai, Xiamen, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, and much more, to anywhere in Malaysia. We rely on a long-lasting strong network of professionals that enables us to ship your goods to Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Georgetown… in a safe and efficient way.

What makes us so different is our full commitment to offer hassle-free processes to our customers, so that they don’t have to even think about their shipments once they entrusted us. We handle everything from beginning to the end: pick-up, packing, clearance, quality control, and much more to avoid any unexpected event or delay. We are proud to build long-term business relationships with our customers.

*This is why we can become your logistics partner on a long-term scope for your shipping needs from China to Malaysia, bringing peace of mind to your daily business activities.

Port Klang (Kelang): the largest port in Malaysia


Port Kelang, also known as Klang, Pklang, or Port Klang is the largest port of Malaysia. Obviously, traffic from/to this port accounts for the majority of the shipments we handle from China to Malaysia. This is the official port of Kuala Lumpur, and is connected to the main cities of the country by road and railway.

We also work closely with the main ports all over the country, such as Johor, Kuantan, Tanjung Pelepas, Bintulu…

Kuala Lumpur Penang Johor
Hong Kong / Shenzhen
9 days 10 days  10 days
Dalian 14 days 15 days 16 days
Tianjin 14 days 16 days 16 days
Qingdao 10 days 12 days 12 days
Ningbo 9 days 10 days 10 days
Shanghai 8 days 11 days 11 days
Guangzhou 8 days 9 days  10 days

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

Sea freight rates


The first question you have to ask yourself is: “Am I looking to save money, or am I looking to save time?”

If you are looking to save time, you should definitely avoid sea freight when exporting from China to Malaysia, and have a closer look at air freight. But, if you are looking to save money, sea freight may be the best option.


Why sea freight?

*Because while shipping at a low cost, sea cargo also offers the possibility to ship high volumes.

Obviously, SINO Shipping can offer the whole range of sea freight-related services: FCL, LCL, Bulk cargo, etc.

The total cost of your shipment will vary according to the services required. The price won’t be the same whether you just need a CFR shipment (freight service), DAP (delivery at place, or ‘door-to-door’ service), DAT (delivery at terminal), etc.

As mentioned before, at SINO Shipping, we are 100% committed to adapt our offer to your budget. To do so, we’ve decided to quote every single shipment individually, to provide an accurate and tailored offer to our customers.

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As for our sea freight to Malaysia services, we are proud to offer door to door or door to airport services, enabling you to benefit from a safe and secure air shipment from China. We provide high quality services for your export needs from China to Malaysia, ensuring a professional and efficient logistic solution.

Whenever time is the biggest concern, (e.g. if you need to get your goods delivered quickly to Malaysia for an exhibition or any important event), air shipment is the best solution. Whether you need a one-time urgent air service to Malaysia, or a regular traffic between both countries, SINO Shipping is there to provide a solution suited to your budget and expectations.

We understand the time sensitivity of some of the shipments we handle, and we do our best to provide the best cost-effective option to make it as smooth as possible for you and your business. Thanks to our strong experience as a China-based freight forwarder, our professional staff is able to bargain with the biggest airlines to get the best rates your air shipment.

Transit time

Instead of giving an approximate transit times, we truly believe that providing decent information about the processes that have to be respected when shipping by air is better. Do you know which aspects affect air shipments? Do you have any idea of every step that has to be respected?

You probably have no idea of any of it, let’s have a closer look at it together. Air freight transit time is far from being only flight durations. This is only one part of the process.


Here are the main steps of the logistic chain:

  • Step 1 – Gathering details about the shipment: type of cargo, weight, destination, service required…
  • Step 2 – SINO Shipping closes shipment with the airline company
  • Step 3 – Storage at warehouses prior to departure
  • Step 4 – Customs clearance
  • Step 5 – Cargo arrival and delivery services (if required)

Main Airports Malaysia


SINO Shipping benefits from a strong network in Malaysia, enabling us to offer door-to-door services to any location within the country. We maintain a close collaboration with the largest Malaysian airports, as we are fully aware of the flexibility our clients deserve to benefit from.


Kuala Lumpur

KLIA is the largest and busiest airport of the country. Most of the air shipments we handle at SINO Shipping are headed to this airport. If you need to get your products delivered to downtown Kuala Lumpur, we have a solution for you too! 



Langkawi is an international airport located in West Malaysia. We can arrange weekly shipments to this airport, with a direct flight from Guangzhou. The largest Asian companies, such as AirAsia or Malaysia Airlines have services for this aiports. 

We are also used to arrange air shipments to the other main airports of the country: Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Penang, etc. It all depends on your needs and expectations. Just keep in mind that SINO Shipping can offer a logistic solution in full compliance with your business needs.

Whether you require a door-to-airport or a door-to-door service, we’ll make sure to provide tailored services that suit your request.



As you know, air freight is the most expensive freight mode. But do you know how rates are calculated when it comes to air shipments? Here is an explanation:

If this weight is greater than the real weight of the parcel, the carrier will base its rate on this weight. You can use online chargeable weight calculators to ease the process, now that you know how it works.

Then, the price will obviously depend on the service you need. If you need a full door-to-door service, naturally the price will be higher than a regular door-to-airport service. As for our sea freight services, we made the choice to quote every single air shipment individually, to be as accurate as possible based on our clients’ requests.




trucking service

We are proud to offer door-to-door trucking services from China to Malaysia. Cross-border road freight between China and Malaysia can be tricky due to the huge distance between both countries. Still, it can be a good logistic solution, especially if the departure location in China is situated in the Southern part of the country.

To do so, our team of professional and efficient truck drivers will have to cross Vietnam, Laos, Thailand before reaching Malaysia. If you are based in the Northern part of China, the rule of thumbs is that it will be cheaper to choose sea freight.

Road freight is a good alternative that will allow you to benefit from a good mix between speed and cheap prices.



As it can be a bit challenging to arrange, the best option is that you reach out to your SINO advisor in order to schedule together a road shipment and figure out the best routes.

We offer a full range of services for cross border trucking:

  • Prompt customs clearance and paperwork assistance
  • Full transparency of processes and routes
  • Door-to-door services with constant tracking of your shipment
  • Professional drivers
  • Dedicated customer service
  • Duty and taxes forecast
  • We provide all the requested licenses if needed


Transit times


*Despite the huge distance between China and Malaysia, transit times are still faster as compared to sea freight.

Here are some examples:

  • Hong Kong – Kuala Lumpur: 3-4 days
  • Guangzhou – Kuala Lumpur: 3-4 days

Anyway, it’s not easy to provide accurate transit times, as a lot of events may occur during the journey. Nevertheless, you can always be sure that the advisor who is personally in charge of your shipment will maintain a permanent contact with you trhroughout the whole process. This is what makes us so special: transparency, efficiency, and reliability.






A road freight quotation will be calculated based on several factors: distance, forecasted diesel amount, availability of trucks, type of cargo, possible surcharges, routes, etc.

Due to the huge amount of aspects to be considered before proposing an estimate, we kindly ask you to reach out to us for your road freight needs. The first step is to determine your needs, find the most cost-effective route, and figure out what kind of truck has to be hired. Once we have gathered enough information, we’ll be able to provide a price estimate for the cross-border trucking service.

Usually, road freight is always a good alternative to air freight and sea freight. Faster than sea freight, cheaper than air freight, road freight in ASEAN can be a good option if the distance to be covered and the goods to be transported offer the possibility to use this freight mode.

Recurrent questions regarding the shipping from China to Malaysia

What is the shipping cost from China to Malaysia?

LCL: 160 USD /cbm FCL: 100 USD /20’: 150 /40’ Express shipping door to door (10kg): 320 USD

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

Average transit time by sea: 10 days Average transit time by airfreight: 3 days (daily direct flight) Average transit time by truck: 4 day Average transit time by rail freight: 5 days Express shipping door to door (10kg): 2 days

What are the best freight options to send good from China to Malaysia?

There are 4 options, by sea, air, road or truck, it depends on how big the volume and the weight are, and then you will decide which shipping methods is more adequate. You must calculate the ration time/cost.

How much tax will I pay for importing goods from China to Malaysia?

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.

Do customs open every package?

No, they don't immediately open your package without any reason. ... They will only instantly check what's inside of your package if: Your package has been damaged when it reached the Customs office or desk. The damages can include broken seals or plastic or any cover of your package.

How do I avoid custom charges?

When you make a shipping request, you’ll have to declare the value of your shipment. The value you enter on your request form is the value that will be declared at customs, so it is important that you declare accurately. If you declare too high a value, you may be assessed more taxes than you want to pay! If you declare too low a value, your declared value may be considered unreasonable and adjusted upward.

How can I reduce my shipping costs?

-Negotiate with multiple carriers -Get suppliers to use your shipping account number -Use packaging provided by your carrier -Consider a regional carrier -Use online shipping -Invest in prepaid shipping -Buy insurance from a third party -Factor in all shipping fees before billing customers -Consider hybrid services -Ask about association discounts

Interested in our logistics services? Need further assistance & dedicated information?
Our SINO experts answer within 48h !