Baggage Shipping to Malaysia
Important Malaysia Customs Information
Malaysian customs require a detailed list of the Personal Effects being shipped & a copy of the consignee’s passport. Name on the shipping documents should match the name on the passport.
Shipments with a declared value exceeding $145 will incur a 24hr customs clearance delay and will be inspected by Malaysian officials.
General Customs Information
Most countries offer a generous duty free allowance for personal effects and the majority of Send My Bag™ shipments worldwide will not be stopped by customs.
Personal effects are usually assessed as used items which have been in the sender's possession for 6 months or more. If your bag is checked by customs and is found to contain brand new or commercial items your shipment may be assessed for customs duties and taxes. If you are sending Christmas gifts please check with the destination country, follow their advice and attach all necessary documentation.
Customs processes and allowances do vary by country and as such we advise all travellers take 5 minutes to check how their personal circumstances and what they are sending will be assessed under the prevailing customs regulations of the destination.
When a bag is stopped by customs for any reason (missing documentation, prohibited contents, commercial contents or further information required) Send My Bag™ records how long customs hold it for. Our historical statistics for this route indicate that if the customs authority stops your bag they will on average take 2 days to process it and release it back to us for delivery.
More information is available in on our customs information page.
In order to demonstrate your shipment is personal effects you will be required to complete a brief non generic packing list online, entries to be made in the format: "5 x Cotton T-Shirts, 2 x Jeans, 3 x Cotton Shirt" and so on rather than as "10 x Used Clothing".
What can I send to Malaysia? What items are restricted?
With Send My Bag™ you can travel with almost everything you would normally find in a vacation suitcase. For security and customs reasons, however, certain items are prohibited. Please find these listed below.
- Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
- Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type (including nail varnish and perfume);
- Toner Cartridges;
- Animals and Animal products;
- Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations of same);
- Dangerous / hazardous goods;
- Flowers and plant products;
- Human remains or ashes;
- Illegal or restricted goods;
- Medical samples;
- Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
- Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
- Religious Artefacts
- Foodstuffs, perishable food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Wine, Beer, Spirits and Champagne; or
- Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odour of any kind;
- Valuables and high value items including but not limited to antiques, paintings, jewellery, precious stones;
- Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
- Irreplaceable items.
More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.
In addition to the above when sending to Malaysia we prohibit the sending of:
- Precious Metals & Stones.
Items excluded from cover
The following items will be accepted but are sent at your risk and are not included under complimentary cover:
- Electrical Items, including but not limited to; Tablets, Cell Phones, Computers, Hi-Fis, TVs.
- Glass & Porcelain.
- Any other non standard excess baggage items.
If you choose to send any of the above please ensure you package the item appropriately, for example a TV inside a suitcase is not appropriate.
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Malaysia is a South-East Asian country situated in part on a peninsula on the Asian mainland, and partly on the north of the island of Borneo. It borders Thailand on the west and is connected via a causeway and bridge to Singapore. It draws a huge 25 million tourists each year. The currency used is the Malaysian Ringgit. The climate of Malaysia is typically tropical, with little variation in temperature throughout the year, averaging between 78F in the mountains and 82F on the coasts, with high humidity year round. It has a dry season between June and September and an extreme rain season between December and March linked to the monsoons. The official language in Malaysia is Bahasa Malaysia, a standardised form of Malay.
The country is known especially for its rich cultural heritage with its hugely mixed population of Malays, Chinese, Indians and other indigenous groups. Many people travel through the country as part of organized trips or backpacking tours of South East Asia. The major tourist cities are Kuala Lumpur, home to the Petronas Towers, and George Town, the capital of Penang.
With huge expanses of coasts, beaches and islands, tourists are drawn mostly to these as their vacation hub. Snorkelling is a popular activity for tourists, whether they are beginners or advanced. The festivals celebrated annually are amazing to see, as are the tropical rainforests such as Taman Negara, home to a huge range of native plant and animal species. Traditional arts and rural crafts are popular in the stunning and accessible countryside, and tourists often return home with rattan baskets, ceramic jugs and brocade.
WHY SHIP TO MALAYSIA?
Malaysia is a hugely varied country, known as being both a popular extended vacation destination as well as a spot to pass through on your travels while taking in the cultural sights. Whether you’re planning to stop in on a backpacking trip, are relocating to the beautiful country or are simply spending your vacation there, there’s always the possibility that you may need more luggage than is provided in your luggage allowance with your airline.
You may have a particularly heavy backpack, or extras to fill it with that you don’t want to be carrying through the airport and to your final accommodation, or perhaps you’re staying for an extended period and need more weight than you can carry. It may even be that you simply participate in and buy too much of the popular arts and crafts in Malaysia and need a way of transporting your new wares such as large gourd shaped ceramic jugs or songket mats home.
If this seems like a problem for you, SendMyBag should be able to help you. We can pick up and deliver to or collect from the whole of Malaysia, whether you’re spending a few weeks snorkelling on the beach at Redang and want to use your own gear, or are starting the first leg of an Eastern adventure in the Penang region, we can get your luggage to you hassle free.
Malaysia is divided into 13 states and 3 Federal Territories, but it is important to note that any shipments need the correct customs documents filling in, whether you’re sending ahead a suitcase full of clothes, a box of snorkelling gear or simply a backpack filled with equipment. Once the collection of your luggage has been booked, SendMyBag will send a link to you where you can provide information online with a breakdown of the items you’re sending ahead of you. This is in order for it to cross international borders safely and quickly without being stopped or charged any local fees, taxes or duties. There is always the risk that your bag is stopped, but if you have filled in the forms and documents correctly as advised and guided by us, you are most likely to avoid it, as 99% of our customers do. You are also recommended to attach a personal effects form to your baggage which confirms that your items are not intended to be sold.