If you got to the point of asking yourself how you should proceed to ship your products between both countries, you are most likely about to launch the process.

At SIAM Shippin, we decided to build up a detailed shipping guide, in order to tackle in one article all the most important topics. In fact, we are aware that finding relevant information on the internet is not easy. We are able to provide you with advices and details thanks to our strong expertise acquired over several years of experience on the Asian market.

No matter if you are a first-time importer/exporter, or if you are already used to handling such processes… No matter if you need a one-time delivery, or if you need us to set up regular shipments between both countries: Siam Shipping has a solution for you!

This ad hoc article is here to give you all the valuable information to get started.



TOP 5 – Shipping line


Overview – Ocean cargo from Thailand to Malaysia

*SIAM Shipping by Docshipper is proud to offer tailor-made services for your shipping needs from Thailand to Malaysia, adapting our offer to any type of budget and expectations.

SIAM Shipping is one of the leaders on the market when it comes to sea freight from Thailand to anywhere in Malaysia. We take care of every logistic step within the logistic chain: packaging, warehousing services, shipping, customs clearance, delivery, etc.

We are committed to provide hassle-free shipments to our customers!

At SIAM Shipping by Docshipper , we offer efficient and high-quality sea freight services from any city in Thailand, as – Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Chonburi, and much more -, to anywhere in Malaysia. We are able to ship your products to Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Georgetown or anywhere else in a safe and efficient way, mainly thanks to our strong network at destination.

What makes us so special is our capacity to adapt our services to YOUR needs and expectations, providing hassle-free shipments to any destination. We are truly committed to ensure a long-term business relationship with our customers, bringing peace of mind to your daily business operations.

Main Ports in Malaysia

Port Klang (Kelang) : the largest port in Malaysia

Port Kelang, also known as Klang, Pklang, or Port Klang is the largest port of Malaysia. Naturally, most of the shipments we handle towards Malaysia from Thailand are headed to this key port. This is the official port of Kuala Lumpur, and it comes with straight connections to the largest cities of the country by road and railway.

We ensure efficient shipments to the main ports all over the country, such as Johor, Kuantan, Tanjung Pelepas, Bintulu… By doing so, we can offer logistic solutions for all requests we receive for importing goods into Malaysia.

Here are is a table that defines transit times on average, between the biggest Bangkok and Malaysian ports. Smaller ports will have a slightly higher transit time than the three majors, because of their tiny traffic:

Bangkok Penang 9-11 days
Bangkok Johor 8-10 days
Bangkok Kuala Lumpur 8-10 days

*Please note that those transit times are just indicative timing between Thailand and Malaysia

Sea freight rates

As mentioned above, if your main aim is to save time, sea freight is not the best option you may select to export from Thailand to Malaysia. In this case, air freight is recommended.

On the other hand, if you are looking to save money, sea freight may be the best option.

Why sea freight?

*Because as well as shipping at a low cost, sea freight also comes with the possibility to ship high volumes.

SIAM Shipping by Docshipper  will provide you with all the sea freight-related services such as FCL, LCL, Bulk Cargo, and so on.

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

At SIAM Shipping, we are 100% devoted to creating tailored services for our customers. In this way, our pricing strategy is based on a case-by-case method, to come up with the most accurate and tailored quotation to our customers.


air freight guide

*As for our sea freight to Malaysia, we can provide door-to-door or door-to-airport services, allowing you to benefit from a safe and efficient air shipment from Thailand.

No matter if you require a one-time urgent air service to Malaysia, or regular shipments between both countries, SIAM Shipping by Docshipper has a solution suited to your budget and needs.

We are aware of the time sensitivity of many shipments we manage, and we do our possible offer you the most cost-effective shipments to make it as smooth as possible for you and your business.

Main Airports in Malaysia

SIAM Shipping has built a strong network over the years in Malaysia, allowing us to provide door-to-door services to any part of the country. We are maintaining everyday close collaborations with the main Malaysian airports, as we know important is it for our clients to benefit from a strong flexibility.

Kuala Lumpur

KLIA is the main logistic hub of the country. The vast majority of the air shipments we ship to Malaysia are shipped to this airport.


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

We are also expert in arranging air shipments to all largest airports of the country: Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Penang, etc. It all depends on your needs and expectations. Just remember that SIAM Shipping can provide logistic solutions always suited to your business needs.

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Air freight transit times

Instead of just coming up with approximate transit times, we are convinced that providing information about the various steps that come with air freight shipments is a better solution.

Check here some rough estimates:

Bangkok Kuala Lumpur 1-3 days
Bangkok Langkawi 1-3 days
Bangkok Penang 1-3 days
Bangkok Kuching 1-3 days

*Keep in mind all the following logistic steps have to be undertaken when it comes to air cargo:

  • Step 1 – Gathering details about the shipment: type of cargo, weight, destination, service required…
  • Step 2 – SIAM 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)

Air freight rates 

*How do you calculate rates when it comes to air shipments?  

Here is an explanation:

The rule is to multiply your parcel’s volume in CBM by 167 for air freight.

As an example, if your parcel comes with the following dimensions: W: 140, H: 90, L:70, the total volume is 0.882m3. If you multiply it by 167, the volumetric weight of your parcel is 147,29kgs.

This is an easy way to calculate rates. SIAM Shipping operates in full transparency towards its customers when it comes to pricing. Then, the rates are likely to vary depending on the services you require.

The price will naturally be higher for a door-to-door service, as compared to a regular door-to-airport service. Again, we decided to quote every single shipment through a case-by-case basis, in order to offer accurate and transparent quotations.




trucking guide

The third option you can choose is door-to-door trucking services from Thailand to Malaysia. Cross-border road freight from Thailand to Malaysia can be a great logistic solution, combining good rates and quick transit times.

Our team of professional truck drivers will go down the country until the border between both countries. Trucking services offer an interesting flexibility, as the delivery location can be anywhere in the country of destination.

As road freight requires proper forecast and planning, please reach out to your SIAM Expert as soon as possible in order to schedule it all together 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

*We have been arranging this kind of shipments throughout South-East Asia over the past few years. We thus acquired a unique expertise, enabling us to offer the highest quality services available on the market.

Transit times

Despite the huge distance between some part of Thailand and Malaysia, transit times are still faster as compared to sea freight.

Here are some examples:

Bangkok Kuala Lumpur 3-4 days
Bangkok Malacca 3-4 days
Bangkok Penang 3-4 days
Bangkok Kuching 3-4 days

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What duties and taxes will I pay for my goods ?

The required documentation has to be properly prepared and provided to the local customs, to ensure a hassle-free clearance of your goods.

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.

Import licenses are not required for all products. Having a general overview of Malaysia’s licensing policy is important when considering importing into this country, in order to avoid troubles with local authorities.

Import duties from Thailand to Malaysia

Tariffs and Taxes

Malaysia is aligned with the Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) for imported and exported goods coming from members states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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


Let's have a look on the previous example!

If we now fill all information needed by the customs, we will be able to determine what will be the duties and taxes charged on your shipment.

duties and taxes in malaysia HS code

Import Tariffs and Taxes

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%.

Customs contact in Thailand


Customs contact in Malaysia


Customs process


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Dedicated Customs Service

Our customs broker will guarantee a trouble-free clearance

Custom service

Small or big expedition, we manage all your needs!


We guarantee very competitive prices. Just compare!

Multilingual customer service

We speak English, French and Thai to avoid misunderstanding


We secure all our shipments, safety is our priority!
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Communication is important, which is why we strive to discuss in the most suitable way for you!