Shipping from China to Malaysia

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Need to get something shipped from China to Malaysia? No matter the size, weight and nature of your cargo, Haulx is able to assist you accordingly.

Read on to learn important information such as the different ways to ship from China to Malaysia, how long shipping usually takes and the estimated cost of shipping.

Need a quotation for your shipment? Fill in our contact form with details about your request, and you will receive a free quotation from us!

Ways to ship from China to Malaysia

Air freight and sea freight are the 2 main ways you can ship from China to Malaysia.

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Air freight

Air freight refers to the transportation of a shipment via an air carrier. It is the fastest way to ship your items, making it ideal for time-sensitive shipments.

It is also considered as the most cost-efficient way of shipping packages that are small and light (below 30kg).

Sea freight

Sea freight transports your cargo from one seaport to another using huge shipping containers and pallets. This can be done via 2 methods: Less than Container Load (LCL) and Full Container Load (FCL).


LCL shipping is recommended if you do not have sufficient cargo to fill a container on your own. Your shipment will be consolidated with others so that you can enjoy competitive shipping rates.


FCL is a type of sea freight shipping whereby all goods in the container belong to a single shipper. Depending on the total amount of cargo you need to ship, you can choose from containers that are 20 inch and 40 inch in size.

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When should I use air freight or sea freight?

Before deciding on whether to ship via air or sea freight, you will first need to consider some important factors such as:

  • The nature of your cargo
  • The size and weight of your shipment
  • How fast you need your item delivered
  • Your budget

Generally, sea freight is the cheaper but slower option. It is recommended for shipments that are larger in size and can afford a longer lead time. Meanwhile, air freight is ideal for the shipment of smaller cargo and those with a shorter lead time. However, it is also more expensive as compared to sea freight.

When it comes to the shipping of potentially hazardous goods, air freight has much stricter restrictions. Thus, sea freight might be the better option if you meet the dangerous good regulations, and are looking to ship items such as:

  • Flammable goods (paint, perfume, varnish etc.)
  • Toxic substances (forensic material, biological products etc.)
  • Corrosive items (batteries, sodium hydroxide etc.)
  • Radioactive equipment (x-ray machines, ores, medical isotopes etc.)

Unsure if the cargo you want to ship is a dangerous good? Contact us and we will be able to advise you accordingly!

How long does shipping take from China to Malaysia Take?

Depending on the type of shipping mode you opt for, shipping from China to Malaysia can take anywhere from 4 to 14 days.

Air freight vs sea freight

On average, shipping from China to Malaysia via air freight can take between 4 to 7 days. Meanwhile, the estimated transit time for door-to-door deliveries via sea freight is 14 days.

How much does it cost to ship from China to Malaysia?

Haulx is proud to offer one of the cheapest courier services from China to Malaysia.

Cost of shipping via sea freight from china to malaysia

For sea freight, the cost of shipping will be 490 RM per cubic metre (cbm), with a minimum shipping requirement of 3cbm.

Cost of shipping via air freight from china to malaysia

For air freight, quotations will be adjusted based on the following factors:

  • Pick-up and delivery address
  • Dimensions of cargo (after packing)
  • Weight of parcel (after packing)
  • Cargo Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) certificate

You may refer to the tables below for a rough estimate* on air freight costs from China to West Malaysia and East Malaysia respectively:

cost of shipping via air freight from china to west malaysia

Chargeable weight (kg)
Price (per kg)
0.1 – 2 19.00 RM
2.1 – 10 15.00 RM
10.1 – 25 14.50 RM
> 25 15.00 RM

cost of shipping via air freight from china to East malaysia

Chargeable weight (kg)
Price (per kg)
0.1 – 2 35.00 RM
2.1 – 10 29.50 RM
10.1 – 25 28.50 RM
> 25 29.50 RM

*The prices stated in the tables are estimates to help you gauge the cost of shipping from China to West and East Malaysia. The actual cost of shipping may differ slightly depending on factors such as your pick-up and delivery locations, nature of cargo and more.

Looking to get an accurate quotation on your shipment from China to Malaysia? Get in touch with us today!

Taxes and duties for export from China

If you are exporting from China, your goods may be subjected to export duties. These are imposed on selected resource products and semi-manufactured goods including aluminum alloys, unwrought zinc and brass wires.

However, some goods are exempted, such as:

  • goods with duties not exceeding RMB 50, and
  • materials or samples with no commercial value.

Taxes and duties for import to Malaysia

Duty Rates

Import duty rates can range from 0% to 50%, with the average rate being about 6%. Goods that are exempted from duty include electronic products, packing materials, raw materials, pharmaceutical products and personal hygiene items.

Sales Tax

The standard rate is 10% of the sum of the

  • cost, insurance and freight (CIF) value,
  • duty, and
  • any applicable excise.

Some products may be taxed based on units (e.g. by litre or kilograms), while some may only be subjected to a reduced rate of 0% to 5%.

Any import with a CIF value of less than RM 500 is exempted from duties. This excludes goods such as alcohol, wine and tobacco products.

Process of Shipping from China to Malaysia with Haulx

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Step 1: Send us your shipping details

Contact us via our contact form or email to get your personalised quotation. Ensure that you provide specific details about your shipment such as:

  • A list of items that you want to ship
  • Estimated value of the items
  • Date of departure and arrival of items (if any)
  • Pick-up and drop-off locations

Step 2: Receive your quotation

Once that is done, we will be able to provide you with an accurate quotation and advise you on the most efficient shipping mode for your request.

Step 3: Make payment upon confirmation

If the rates quoted are within your expectations and budget, you can proceed to make payment for the freight invoice. Any taxes and duties incurred would only be collected from the shipper or receiver once the booking has been confirmed.

Step 4: Customs clearance is arranged

Once your cargo is ready for shipping, your goods will be picked up and customs clearance in the export and import countries will be arranged. We will handle all the paperwork required on your behalf.

Step 5: Arrange for port-to-door delivery

Customs clearance is estimated to be completed within 2 to 5 days. After which, when your goods arrive in the destination country, delivery will be arranged to the receiver’s doorstep.

Cross-border freights can be difficult to handle by yourself as they require a ton of complicated paperwork. Consult us today!

Why choose Haulx?

All services covered

As a freight forwarder, we offer all the services required to see your goods through an entire shipping journey. You can rest assured knowing that your shipment will be delivered in a safe and timely manner.

Personalised shipping experience

A professional Haulx consultant is attached to each client, so you get constant updates on your shipment. Additionally, we specially tailor our shipping routes based on your requirements.

FAQs About Shipping From China to Malaysia

The busiest international airports in China include:

  • Beijing Capital
  • Shanghai Pudong
  • Guangzhou Baiyun
  • Chengdu Shuangliu
  • Shenzhen Bao’an

The busiest international airports in Malaysia include:

  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Kota Kinabalu
  • Penang

The busiest seaports in China include:

  • Shanghai
  • Shenzhen
  • Ningbo-Zhoushan
  • Hong Kong

The busiest seaports in Malaysia include:

  • Port Klang
  • Johor Port
  • Port of Tanjung Pelepas
  • Counterfeit money
  • Any form of media that threatens the political, economic, cultural and moral interests of China
  • Medicines
  • Old and used clothing
  • Counterfeit money
  • Indecent media such as paintings, films and cards
  • Knives and daggers
  • Items that look like syringes
  • Turtle eggs
  • Cloth with prints or duplication of any Quran verses

Yes, we provide shipping services from Taobao to Malaysia. Read our Taobao Guide to Shipping Furniture to Malaysia to find out more!

Shipping items purchased on Taobao to Malaysia is likely to take around 7 to 21 days.

The cost of shipping goods purchased from Taobao to Malaysia may differ depending on these factors:

  • Drop-off destination (West Malaysia or East Malaysia)
  • Mode of transportation (air freight or sea freight)
  • Nature of goods, and size and weight of cargo

The *price of shipping from Taobao to Malaysia is as follows:

Mode of transport
estimated price
Air freight to West Malaysia 9.00 RM per kg
Sea freight to West Malaysia 5.50 RM per kg for small parcels
450.00 RM per cbm for large parcels
Air freight to East Malaysia 16.00 RM RM per kg
Sea freight to East Malaysia 9.00 RM per kg for small parcels
675.00 RM per cbm for large parcels

*The prices stated in the tables above are estimates to help you gauge the cost of shipping from Taobao to West and East Malaysia. To get an accurate quote, contact us by filling in our contact form or dropping us an email.

Yes, we ship from Hong Kong to Malaysia via air freight and sea freight.

On average, it will take about 4 to 14 days to ship from Hong Kong to Malaysia.