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Malaysia - Importing a Vehicle
Importing a Car
The duties on car importing can often exceed a carâ€™s value and foreign car parts are highly expensive to import. There are certain conditions to be met:
- A valid work permit is required
- The car can only be used for personal use
- The car cannot be sold or transferred within Malaysia
- The car has to be exported back out when a work permit expires.
An application has to be made to the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
Level 15, Block 10, Jalan Duta, 50622 Kuala Lumpur
Telephone number: 03 6203 4485 / 03 6203 3022
This application will provide an import permit for the vehicle providing certain conditions are met.
- The car should be registered in the home country of the applicant
- A passport and valid Malaysian visa
- A driving license or a Malaysian driverâ€™s license
- Proof that the applicant owns the car. Only the registered owner can apply
- The original registration document and a readable photocopy
- Valid certificate of insurance
- A letter from the applicantâ€™s employer in Malaysia
If any of the documents provided are in English or Malay, then translations have to be provided. On application, a short interview is conducted face to face at the main office in Kuala Lumpur. There are offices in regional areas, details of which are on the website. The process should take about seven days.
The Carâ€™s Arrival
The owner of the car must collect the car on entry into the port. The Puskapom is a Road Transport Department inspection and will be performed on the carâ€™s arrival and this inspection is strident. A valid permit is required for proof of ownership and this must be shown at the inspection before the car is released. Once the inspection has been completed, the import duty has to be paid. The import duty is set by customs and has to be paid on the day. The cost of this is dependent on the age, the condition, the engine size and the model of the car. The Royal Malaysian Customs Department has more information on the costs and other information.
Expats who apply under the Malaysian My Second Home scheme are able to apply to import their car into Malaysia. The conditions for MM2H program expats have to prove the car was registered for six months prior to being awarded the visa for Malaysia. If this is the case, then the import duty cost is waivered. An expat who has been in Malaysia for more than two years may then sell their car within the country.
Vehicle Registration in Malaysia
Once the car has been cleared by customs in Malaysia and the import fees paid, the car must be registered with the Malaysian Road Transport Department. Malaysian number plates will then be issued.
The following documents are required to register a car with the MRTD:
- PUSKAPOM inspection document
- Identification documents
- Customsâ€™ information
- The Permit for the Vehicle
Motorcycles, Caravans and Motorhomes
The process is the same as that of a car import. All licenses and approved permits will need to be applied for. Prices for the import of larger vehicles may differ from those of a light vehicle such as a car.
The process is lengthy and expensive and it is worth weighing up the costs of importing a car. It is not just the costs of bringing the car into the country; the maintenance of your foreign vehicle can be prohibitively expensive, too.