Shipping from/to Malaysia

Shipping goods from Thailand to Malaysia: All you need to know!

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 Shipping, 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 in the best condition with your shipment.

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Customs clearance in Malaysia

What duties and taxes will I pay for my goods ?

Remark SIAM: Every single shipment being imported into Malaysia has to undergo clearance processes. This is an important step of the whole logistic chain.

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: flag malaysia

  • 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.

SIAM Plus: Obviously, SIAM Shipping is here to assist you in the process and make sure the documentation is in compliance with local requirements!

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.

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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 SIAM Experts.

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

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%.

Note SIAM: Malaysia recently decided to cancel this 6% GST. From the 1st of June 2018, the country is supposed to charge a 0% for GST, encouraging business operations within the region.

Customs contact in Thailand

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Official name: Thai Customs Department

Official Website: Thai Customs Website

Customs contact in Malaysia

customs in Malaysia

Official name: Royal Malaysian Customs Department

Official Website: Malaysian Customs Website

Customs process

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Prohibited & restricted items

Remark SIAM: If you have one of the following item, you should check directly with our SIAM Experts. Some of those items are restricted or even totally prohibited, it is important to anticipate such shipment to avoid any problem.

Drug contraband

prohibited drug


prohibited ivory


prohibited poison


prohibited explosives


prohibited batteries


prohibited pornography


prohibited biohazard


prohibited flammable items


prohibited knife


prohibited chemicals


prohibited firearms


prohibited cigarettes


prohibited corrosive items


prohibited prescription drugs


prohibited gambling


prohibited counterfeit

Counterfeit notes

prohibited notes counterfeit


prohibited hazardous items

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Ocean freight will be the best deal for you if:

  • Your suppliers are located near Thai seaports
  • Your goods are bigger than 2 CBM
  • You are not compelled by time.


Contact us now! Your SIAM Expert will find out the best logistic option for your shipment from Thailand to Malaysia!


Remark SIAM: Considering the 3 major parameters that are time of transit, security and price, this is the most effective freight solution.

*SIAM Shipping 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, 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, SIAM Shipping can offer logistic solutions for all requests we receive for importing goods into Malaysia.

Remark SIAM: Please contact your SIAM Shipping to set up any sea freight transportation service. We will figure out together what is the best destination port, suited to your expectations and needs.

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:

BangkokPenang9-11 days
BangkokJohor8-10 days
BangkokKuala Lumpur8-10 days

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

Remark SIAM: When choosing to opt for sea freight services, you are choosing to save money over time! This is a cost-effective option for your shipment to 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 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.

SIAM Advice: To have precise rates and transit times for your Sea freight from Thailand to Vietnam, don’t hesitate to contact our SIAM Experts.


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Air freight will be the most efficient solution if:

  • Your goods do not exceed 2 CBM and 200 kg
  • You’re in a hurry to receive/send the goods

Contact us now! Your SIAM Expert will find out the best logistic option for your shipment from Thailand to Malaysia!


Remark SIAM: Air freight is the best option when time is key.

*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 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.

SIAM Plus: Thanks to our experience and expertise as a long-term Thailand-based freight forwarder, our dedicated staff can bargain with the largest airlines to get the best rates for your air shipment.

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.

Remark SIAM: If you need a delivery of your products in downtown Kuala Lumpur, SIAM Shipping is here for that too! 


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:

BangkokKuala Lumpur1-3 days
BangkokLangkawi1-3 days
BangkokPenang1-3 days
BangkokKuching1-3 days

*But 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)

Note SIAM: Always stay tuned on the status of your air shipment, thanks to our tracking service!

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.

Remark SIAM: If this weight is greater than the real weight of your shipment, our rates will be based on the volumetric weight.

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.

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Road freight will be the most convenient option if:

  • Your supplier is located on the south side of Thailand
  • The final destination of your goods is in the north of Malaysia
  • You’re not in a hurry to receive your goods


Contact us now! Your SIAM Expert will find out the best logistic option for your shipment from Thailand to Malaysia!


Remark SIAM: Road freight will rarely be a great solution to consider, to transfer goods between these two countries

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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:

BangkokKuala Lumpur3-4 days
BangkokMalacca3-4 days
BangkokPenang3-4 days
BangkokKuching3-4 days

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

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Our advantages

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