Shipping to Malaysia

Get up-to-date local information about import procedures and restrictions, demurrage and detention, container pick-ups and more.

Demurrage and Detention

Import : Customers will be offered Combined Demurrage & Detention.

This means you will have one combined free time period and compensation for utilisation of equipment inside and outside of terminals or depots, referred to as Combined Demurrage & Detention, from vessel discharge to gate in empty. Calculation method maintains as Progressive calculation.

Import Combined Demurrage and Detention Tariff, effective from July 15th 2018

Days (MYR) 20’ DRY 40’ / 40’HC 45’ DRY IMO 20’ REEF/ Special 40’ HREEF/ Special
Day 1-4 0 0
Day 5-14 223 413
15 onwards 335 620
Day 1-7 0 0 0 Same as DRY
Day 8-10 75 135 135
Day 11-14 95 165 165
Day 15-20 115 195 195
Day 21 onwards 145 225 225

If you have any further queries, please get in touch with your local Maersk Line representative or Maersk Line Customer Service.


Before sending a Delivery / Release request, ensure that:

 a)    A Shipping instruction has been sent and the Bill of Lading has been processed.

b)    All due payments have been made both by yourselves and the exporter at the origin end.

c)    Original Bill of Ladings have been surrendered

In case a payment does not reflect in our system 24 hours after your request has been received, we would be requesting you to resubmit your request after ensuring the payment has been processed.

Kindly note to submit your OBL to our Maersk office and ensure payment is received prior to sending the template for cargo release.

Manifest changes 5 days before vessel arrival

No amendments should be made to the Bill of Lading and/or Manifest 5 days prior to vessel arrival at Malaysian ports. Consignees are requested to contact Maersk Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. ( to review any amendments made after this deadline. Any amendments made after this deadline is subject to Customs Fine of up to MYR 5,000 which will be borne by the Consignee. Also an additional MYR 90 Bill of Lading Amendment Fee will be charged by Maersk Line to the Consignee.



Acceptance to Port Klang (Northport), Tanjung Pelepas, Penang, Kuantan, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Bintulu, Sibu and Tawau.
* Import for Tawau is only on named account, please contact +60 3 8026 6688 for details.


Based on equipment types. Actual weight must never exceed the maximum weight that the container can accommodate. Dimension of containers varies between containers series. Weight Acceptance for the following ports are:

1. Northport, Port Klang (MYLPK)

Please visit the Official Website

2. Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Johor Bahru (MYTPP)

Please visit the Official Website and Container Terminal (Yard Capacity/ Storage Capacity/ Equipment)

3. Penang Port, Pulau Pinang (MYPEN)

Please visit the Official Website

4. Kuantan port, Pahang (MYKUA)

5. Sepanggar Port, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (MYBKI)

Facilities: 200 reefer plugs 
Equipment: Crane hire charge payable at the port upon discharge/loading at RM 50/20'; RM 100/40'

Weight Limitation (Gross weight): 25tons/20' 31tons/40'

6. Kuching Port, Sarawak (MYKCH)

Please visit the Official Website

Weight Limitation (Gross weight): 25tons/20' 35tons/40'

7. Bintulu Port, Sarawak (MYBTU)

Please visit the Official Website

Weight Limitation (Gross weight): 25tons/20' 31tons/40'

8. Sibu Port, Sarawak (MYSBW)

Weight Limitation (Gross weight): 25tons/20' 30tons/40'

9. Tawau Port, Sarawak (MYSBW)

Weight Limitation (Gross weight): 25tons/20' 28tons/40'

Note: Weight limitations for Sabah & Sarawak ports due to operational (crane) limitations. Units exceeding the maximum allowed tonnage are not permitted to discharge. As such, the containers will be retained on board & re/unstuffed in Singapore or loaded back to destination with entire reworking cost invoiced to customers accordingly.

Special Cargoes

Out of Gauge, Break Bulk and Dangerous (IMCO) cargo subject to standard Maersk Line approval procedures. 
Dangerous Cargo under KPA Group 1 and 2 MUST be cleared DIRECT DELIVERY EX-SHIP unless approved for temporary storage by LPK (DG department).

Dangerous Cargo - Port Klang

All containers with Dangerous Goods should have the “Placard” (also known as DG stickers) affixed on each side of the containers. The total “Placard” per container would be 4 pieces. 
For more information, kindly contact

Booking for Automobile and Personal Effects

Based on local custom's restriction, booking for such commodities can be made only for one container per owner on per bill of lading. Failing such, consignee would not be able to proceed with custom declaration.

Import Restrictions and Non Acceptance

All used computer parts required special permit from Department of Environment Malaysia under Basel Convention Law. Under Basel Convention Law Malaysia restricts the import of hazardous wastes and other wastes for transit, final disposal and recovery. Special permits from Department of Environment Malaysia is compulsory. Cargo without permits will not be accepted during booking/ discharged in Malaysia or retain onboard back to port of loadings at shippers and/or consignees on risk and cost. List of these restricted goods outlined under Annex I to Annex IV

Plastic Scrap Imports to Malaysia

In order to comply with the recent government ruling from the National Solid Waste Management Department of Malaysia, Maersk Line will be implementing new procedures on the import of plastic scrap into Malaysia.

To import plastic scrap cargo into Malaysia,

  • The consignee will need to provide Maersk Malaysia a valid Plastic Scrap Import Permit.
  • The shipper and consignee is required to provide a Letter of Indemnity (LOI) to Maersk Line
  • Maersk Line will share the Import Permit with the local port authority (port authority will only allow the discharge of cargo once the Import Permit is validated)
  • The consignee is required to provide a Letter of Confirmation on ownership of cargo to the port authority.

Shipments without the requirements mentioned above will not be allowed to discharge from vessel at Malaysian terminals.

Should you have any questions to the above, please do not hesitate to contact

Email your local office

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