Friday, April 26th, 2013
If you’re Malaysian and have imported stuff from overseas, you would have probably encountered the sometimes arbitrary applications of taxes upon your goods. Here is a quick guide, to quickly estimate the taxes payable and make sure you’re not being ripped off. This is not related to our VPN services, but merely a public service announcement since the system we have on Customs is pretty crap.
- Search the HS Code (Harmonized System Code) for your item. There’s a lot of sites for this but this I found Export Malaysia’s HS site to be pretty easy to use.
- Surf to the Customs website here. The reason why we did Step 1, is that the customs website isn’t accurate in searching for item descriptions (in typical Malaysian style).
- Enter the first four digits of the HS Code into the Search By field. Do not enter the full code as sometimes the site will return no result so it’s better to go to the more broad category first.
- There might also be in the Notes some description of import restrictions.
As a working example, let’s say I want to import earphones. I do a search on Export Malaysia and the results are as follows:
|851830||Headphones, Earphones and Combined Microphone/speaker Sets|
I then enter the first four digits (8518) of the HS Code into the Search By Field in the Customs Website (http://tariff.customs.gov.my/) and get the following results.
I can see that earphones fall under 851830100. Also I now can see, import tax duty is 5% and Sales Tax is 10% so I can expect to pay 15% tax.
Note how if I enter in the more complete code of 851830, I am not shown the 851830100 result for some absurd reason and would have been left blind.
Hope this helps any of you seeking to import things from overseas! This isn’t professional advice as well and it’s merely a guide to show you how to get the Tariff site working for you.