Japan Used Vehicle Import Duty / Regulation in Malaysia

Year Restrictions

Max. 5 Years Old

Destination Port

Penang (Georgetown), Kelang

Time of Shipment

Container (09-13 Days)

Vessel Schedule

Container (Weekly)

Shipping Line




Shipping Ports:

The general shipping port for used Japanese vehicles into Malaysia is Port Klang in West Malaysia or Kuching in East Malaysia. RoRo is the cheapest way of shipping, if requested a container method can be arranged.

Age Restriction:

Importation of used vehicles with more than 5 years old is restricted in Malaysia.

Right-Hand Drive Vehicle:

Importation of right hand drive vehicle is permitted in Malaysia. In Malaysia traffic moves on left hand side of the road. Importer should meet the following conditions if want to import a car to the country

How to import a used vehicle into Malaysia:

The imposition of very high import duties make owning a non Malaysian made car somewhat expensive. Import duties run to as high as 300%. Consequently the vast majority of cars in Malaysia are locally produced ones.

Cost of maintenance and parts for foreign cars are also factors to be considered. Needless to say if your car is rare or indeed not available in Malaysia these factors become paramount. To import your car to Malaysia, you must apply for an Approval Permit (AP) from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). In order to apply for this permit, your car must be registered under your name for at least 3 years.

Documents required for AP from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry:

The permit is valid only for 3 months. If one does not import the vehicle during that period, then have to go through the whole process again.

Documents required for importing a used vehicle into Malaysia:

Note- Certified translation of documents must be provided if not in Malaysian or English language.

Vehicle Registration:

To drive the imported vehicle on the roads of Malaysia, one must register the vehicle with the Malaysian Road Transport Department. The following documents are needed to register a vehicle:

Import Taxes and Duties:

Engine CC Import Duty
Up to 1799 CC 140% of CIF
1800 CC – 1999 CC 170% of CIF
2000 CC – 2499 CC 200% of CIF
2500 CC – 2999 CC 250% of CIF
3000 CC and above 300% of CIF

For 4×4 vehicles and others

Engine CC Import Duty
Up to 1799 CC 60% of CIF
1800 CC – 1999 CC 80% of CIF
2000 CC – 2499 CC 150% of CIF
2500 CC – 2999 CC  180% of CIF
3000 CC and above 200% of CIF
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