Shipping in Malaysia

Our team in Malaysia is responsible for import shipments into Malaysia and Brunei.

Below is up-to-date local information on Malaysia and Brunei import


Detention and Demurrage

Our setup in Malaysia and Brunei will be Combined Demurrage and Detention. This means you will have one combined free time period for utilisation of equipment.


  • Sealand A Maersk Company’s standard combined freetime for import is inclusive of container discharge day and empty container return to depot day.
  • Combined detention and demurrage calculation days are inclusive of weekends and public holidays, progressive calculation will be used after the expiry of your free time



Import Combined Detention and Demurrage Tariff

Applicable for import into all Malaysia Ports


Equipment Type (Amount in MYR per equipment type per day)
20’Dry 40’Dry
45’Highcube 20’Reefer
40’Highcube Reefer
Day 1 to 7 FREE FREE FREE Same as DRY
Day 8 to 10 70 115 115
Day 11 to 14 85 130 130
Day 15 to 17 105 160 160
Day 18 onwards 125 200 200
Day 1 to 4 FREE FREE
Day 5 to 7 210 390
Day 8 to 10 240 420
Day 11 onwards 270 450


Applicable for import into Muara, Brunei effective 15th February 2020

Equipment Type (Amount in MYR and BND per equipment type per day)
20’Dry 40’Dry
45’Highcube 20’Reefer
40’Highcube Reefer
Day 8 to 10 44 85 85 330 400
Day 11 to 20 75 100 100 330 400
Day 21 onwards 100 125 125 330 400

Procedures and Restrictions


Acceptance of import at below ports

  • West Malaysia: Port Klang (Northport and Westport), Penang Port, Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Kuantan Port, Pasir Gudang Port
  • East Malaysia: Kuching Port, Bintulu Port, Sibu, Sepangar Bay Container Port at Kota Kinabalu, Tawau Port & Sandakan Port
  • Brunei: Muara Port

Acceptance of domestic import cargoes between West Malaysia ports and East Malaysia ports (vis versa)


Dangerous Cargo:

All containers with Dangerous Goods (DG) should have the ‘placard’ (also known as DG stickers) affixed on each side of the containers. The total ‘placard’ per container would be 4 pieces. For more information, kindly contact import team ( or visit



For all inbound shipments into Malaysia Ports, import permit is mandatory for below commodities

  • Beer and Alcohol
  • Cigarette
  • Sugar
  • Rice
  • Automotive (Vehicles)
  • Computer Parts


Booking for Automobile and Personal Effects: Based on local custom’s restriction, booking for such commodities can be made only for one container per owner per bill of lading. Failing such, consignee would not be able to proceed with custom clearance


Hazardous Waste: Under Basel Convention Law <>, Malaysia restricts the import of hazardous waste and other waste for transit, final disposal and recovery. Special permit from Department of Environment Malaysia is compulsory. Cargo without permits will not be accepted during booking and will not be allowed to discharge in Malaysia. Cargo will be retained on board at shipper and  consignee own risk and cost.


Plastic Scrap: In order to comply with the recent government ruling from the National Solid Waste Management Department of Malaysia (JPSPN), MCC Transport will be implementing new procedures on the import of plastic scrap into Malaysia.

To import plastic scrap cargo into Malaysia

  • The consignee will need to provide a valid Plastic Scrap Import Permit to MCC Transport
  • The shipper and consignee is required to provide a Letter of Indemnity (LOI) to MCC Transport
  • MCC Transport will share the import permit with local port authority, the National Solid Waste Management Department of Malaysia (JPSPN). Discharge of cargo will only be allowed once the Import Permit is validated
  • The consignee is required to provide a Letter of Confirmation on ownership of cargo to the port authority

Shipments without the requirements mentioned above will not be allowed to discharge from vessel at Malaysian terminals.


Special Cargoes:

Out of Gauge, Break Bulk and Dangerous Cargo (IMO) acceptance are subject to standard MCC Transport approval procedures and equipment availability


Special Custom Requirement:

Measurement (CBM) and 6 digits HS Code are mandatory requirement for Import Custom Manifest

Bill of Lading Parties: Either one of consignee or notify party must be a local Malaysian company.

  • Consignee or notify party information in bill of lading must be complete with details such as full company name and address.
  • "Same as Consignee" and “Same as above” is not acceptable in notify party column
  • "To order” is not acceptable in consignee column unless it is updated as “To order of <customer name>”

For import of car, chassis number and engine number must be declared in Bill of Lading description and manifest to custom.

Self Service Delivery Order(SSDO)

Local Charges

Surcharges are valid based on the Bill of Lading conditions and are subject to change. The applicable rates, rules and surcharges are applicable based on container discharge date.


Latest export local charges available

  • Click here for import from West Malaysia
  • Click here for import East Malaysia and Brunei

Email your local office

If you want to speak to a sales person about a new shipment or have a question about your existing shipment, you can email us. If you have a more immediate question, you can search for help online or contact us by phone.