Here are a few of the questions we regularly get asked. Click the question or scroll down for the answers.
Contact your local U.S. Export Assistance Center (http://export.gov/eac/index.asp) and ask for an initial consultation on market penetration strategy.
Malaysia is a relatively easy destination for business travel. English is the principal language of business and is spoken widely, particularly in larger cities. Airport, road, telecommunications, and meeting facilities are very good. No advance visa is required to enter the country. When you arrive at the airport, you will receive an automatic visa valid for 90 days from your date of entry.
Information from the Government of Malaysia:
U.S. Government information for U.S. citizens:
Malaysian tariffs are managed by the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (http://customs.gov.my/index.php/en). They offer an online tariff tool at http://tariff.customs.gov.my/. To obtain accurate tariff information, there is a drop-down menu for tariff type that adjusts tariffs based on existing free trade agreements and other preferential systems. The United States does not currently have a preferential tariff agreement with Malaysia. U.S. exporters should choose the default, which is PDK (Perintah Duti Kastam, or Statutory Custom Duty), and the search works best using your product’s Harmonized Tariff System (HS) commodity code.
U.S. Commercial Service Malaysia has a range of services to find buyers, from our simple contact list or international partner search through to a more focused and deal-oriented Gold Key Service. Check out our [linkto:Business Matchmaking Services] and then contact your local U.S. Export Assistance Center in the U.S. to get started.
Check out the other resources section of our embassy’s key business links (http://malaysia.usembassy.gov/key-business-links.html) as well as the excellent list of economic data and reports (http://malaysia.usembassy.gov/economic-data.html).
U.S. Commercial Service Malaysia can conduct an International Company Profile for a modest fee. An ICP typically includes a detailed credit report on a prospective overseas sales representative or partner, a listing of the company's key officers and senior management, banking and other financial information about the company, market information including sales and profit figures, and potential liabilities. We will also provide you with an opinion as to the viability and reliability of the company or individual you have selected as well as an opinion on the relative strength of that company's industry sector in your target market.
To order an International Company Profile, contact a U.S. Export Assistance Center near you.
We have seen a growing number of fraudulent business offers originating in Malaysia. Frequently these take the form of fraudulent unsolicited government tenders or government tender awards. We also see fraudulent offers of loans or other financing.
These types of scams may include an up-front fee of some sort to take advantage of the offer, and may solicit banking or other information from you. We have seen telephone numbers routed through a legitimate or fake business operating as a front. U.S. business people have been lured to Malaysia to finalize these deals in person as part of the effort to make the scam seem real. Our consular section receives regular reports of non-business scams related to marriage and dating (http://malaysia.usembassy.gov/scams.html).
We caution you against sending any funds up front to take advantage of a loan, government contract, or other business opportunity. You may contact us or your local U.S. Export Assistance Center if you fear you have been targeted by fraudulent business activity.
If you have already engaged in ongoing communication on with someone that you now suspect is trying to lure you into a scam, we advise the following:
If in the future you wish to verify the legitimacy of a potential foreign business partner, you can work with your local U.S. Export Assistance Center to have Commercial Service staff at an embassy or consulate conduct an International Company Profile. There is a modest fee for that service.