Malaysia Import Regulation for Japan Used Cars

Malaysia Import Regulation for Japan Used Cars

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 Port

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 Restrictions

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

  • Valid work permits for the country.

  • Vehicle importation only for personal use only; the car cannot be sold or transferred.

  • Vehicle must be exported when employment in the country ends.


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

  • Original and photocopy of passport.

  • Ownership certificate or original or photocopy of registration document.

  • Insurance or prove of minimum one year old under the same name of applicant for AP.

  • JK 69- AP application form.

  • Original and copy of receipt/ purchase invoice for the automobiles.

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

  • A letter of application addressed to the Ministry Of International Trade and Industry (MITI) for importing a car from your home country to Malaysia for personal use.

  • A JK69 form must be purchased MITI and duly completed.

  • Documentation of car which indicate proof of ownership. Typically this will be a purchase receipt or transfer of ownership/letter from the previous owner if the car was purchased second-hand.

  • The original and photocopied registration document of car.

  • The cars original insurance documents and/or a letter from the insurance company.

  • Your work permit and letter of contract from your employer in Malaysia.

  • A photocopy of your passport.

  • Malaysian or International driving license.

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:

  • Identification documents

  • Customs Form K1

  • The Approved Permit for the vehicle


Import Taxes and Duties

For Passenger Cars (Petrol Engine)

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 diesel engines, import duty has been set as a 120 precent of CIF.

  • Sales Tax - 10 precent of (CIF+ Import Duty)


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








  • Sales Tax - 10 precent of (CIF+ Import Duty)


Top Selling Used Vehicles in Malaysia


Malaysians are fond of owning cars. With the population of around 30 million, there are 341 cars per 1000 people in the country. Even in comparison with many developed economies the vehicle ownership level is much higher in the country. In Malaysia, it is quite common to see a lot of used vehicles from Japanese automakers such as Toyota, Honda, and Kia. The used vehicle dealers in the country’s automotive industries are growing at a very rapid rate. Right hand drive vehicles that are under five years old are allowed in Malaysia. Before the vehicle can be used in the country, it is send for inspection in order to check whether or not it matches with the country’s safety standards. Used vehicles imported into the country are subjected to high import duties and taxes. Import duty on vehicles ranges from 150%-300%, depending upon the cc of the engine. Sales tax calculated is based on the 10% of (CIF+ import duty charged).



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