Shipping and Moving to Malaysia from Australia

Shipping Container to Malaysia | Moving to Malaysia from Australia

20FT 40FT Containers & Less than Container Loads (LCL/Shared Container Services) to Malaysia

Moving your goods from Australia to Malaysia is easy with our comprehensive shipping service that covers our clients with an Australia-wide overseas moving service.

Whether you are moving your personal effects to any of the popular Malaysian ports such as: Port Klang, Kuching Port, Port Penang, Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Johor Port, Bintulu Port, Sapangar Bay Port or to inland destinations within Malaysia we can provide you all the services you require: cheap international shipping, professional packing, International Freight to Malaysia, Moving overseas to Malaysia from Australia, Shipping Containers and Boxes to Malaysia, Shipping Containers Overseas to Malaysia loading, insurance, Door to Port and Door to Door options for both 20ft and 40ft containers.

We also provide a Less than a Container Load (LCL) service to Malaysia destinations offering very cheap sea-freight rates to:

Kedah, Kuching, Pasir Gudang, Penang and Port Kelang.

What documents do I need when moving to Malaysia?

When you are shipping your goods to Malaysia you will need to present the following documents to the Customs authorities:

  • Copy of Passport including photo page
  • Bill of Lading or Express Release Sea-Way Bill
  • Detailed packing list of the personal/household items you are bringing with you in English
  • Work Permit or Work Permit Application or a letter from Malaysian employer stating reason for import, job function and duration of your stay.

How do I import my motor vehicle into Malaysia?

If you wish to import a motor vehicle into Malaysia, it will be on the condition that it is less than 5 years old and must be accompanied with the below required documentation.

  • Import Permit
  • Insurance policy for the motor vehicle
  • Letter from the owner stating reason for motor vehicle importation
  • Purchase invoice and certificate of title and registration
  • Copy of importers passport

Motor vehicles being imported into Malaysia are subject to duties and taxes.

What items are restricted from importing into Malasyia?

Some items are restricted from importation into Malaysia, due to high duties and intensive customs inspections it is best advised not to ship any liquor or wine with your personal effects shipment, dry food is permitted however discouraged.

Electrical goods require an import permit with details of brand name, model, type, country of origin, voltage etc. Personal computers are limited to 3 per household.

All items that are less than 6 months old will require invoices and will be subject to duties and taxes.

Tobacco and alcohol allowances

Alcohol and tobacco products for personal use are subject to high import duties and sales taxes of 15%.

Will I be taxed on shipping personal effects and household goods in Malaysia?

Duty-free entry with used household goods and personal effects is permitted as long as the returning Malaysian citizen has owned and used the goods for more than 6 months.

Customs clerances are completed at the port of entry and are subject to Customs inspections.

Returning Malaysian citizens must have lived abroad for more than 12 months to qualify for duty-free entry of used household goods.

Timing of your Move and Tips 

Moving to Malaysia can be stress free with the right planning, the right advice and the right people to move your world.

Planning your move to Malaysia

Plan what you intend to ship to Malaysia, and how much space you will need for your move.

Capacities for common container sizes

Shipping Containers
LengthWidthHeightVolume
20 ft (6.1 m)8 ft (2.44 m)8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)1,360 cu ft (38.5 m3)
40 ft (12.2 m) 8 ft (2.44 m)8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)2,720 cu ft (77 m3)

If you need a larger 40 ft container we can organise a High Cube container which is 9 ft 6 inches in height.

Type a detailed list of goods that you wish to ship overseas from Australia. You can use our packing list template here.

Make a booking with us at least 3 weeks prior from the date you intend to have your goods shipped. This will help reserve space on the container vessel with the optimal arrival date in Malaysia.

If possible, try to avoid weekends and public holidays for any container or LCL drop-off and pick-up, this minimizes unnecessary extra charges that can be avoided by planning correctly.

If you have decided to do the packing yourself, ensure all your goods are packed before the container arrives at your premise. If you require the container at your premise for a few days to load, we can plan with you the container delivery within the free period prior to vessel departure, thus avoiding possible extra hiring charges from the carrier. If you require us to do the packing for you, not a problem, we will arrange everything on time, every time!

Check that your chosen place of residence at the destination can handle the goods you wish to ship, packing goods yourself in the first place makes unpacking much easier at the other side.

Contact us, we are a team of professionals who will take care of all your shipping needs.

Unfortunately there is always a possibility of damage to any cargo or a mishap on the carrier vessel during transit, being adequately covered will put your shipping worries aside. If you wish to take out insurance cover for your goods (this is something that we always recommend our clients to do), think about what the actual replacement value of your goods are and insure them appropriately.

Shipping to Malaysia is quick and easy with Moving Your World, contact us today for a free non-obligatory and hassle free quote.