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Shipping from West / Peninsula Malaysia to East Malaysia

When it comes to shipping goods from West Malaysia to East Malaysia, there are several factors to consider. East Malaysia, which includes the states of Sabah and Sarawak, is located on the island of Borneo and is separated from West Malaysia by the South China Sea. The seaports in East Malaysia include Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu, Kota Kinabalu, Tawau, Sandakan, Labuan etc. The two major airports are Kuching International Airport and Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

As such, shipping goods between the two regions can be more challenging than shipping within either region. Here are some things to keep in mind when shipping goods from West Malaysia to East Malaysia:

  1. Mode of Transport: There are several modes of transport available for shipping goods from West to East Malaysia, including air and sea combined with land. However, the most common mode of transport is sea freight. This is because shipping by sea is generally more cost-effective than shipping by air, and land transportation can be difficult due to the rugged terrain in some parts of East Malaysia.

  2. Transit Time: Transit time is the time it takes for your goods to be transported from West Malaysia to East Malaysia. This can vary depending on the mode of transport and the specific route taken. For example, shipping by sea can take anywhere from 2 to 7 days depending on the port of origin and destination.

  3. Customs and Documentation: Even though both Peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak are within Malaysia, customs clearance process is still required for goods shipped between West and East Malaysia. We call it K3 declaration and has to be done by an an agent of your choice.

  4. Packaging and Handling: Proper packaging and handling of your goods is crucial to ensure that they arrive at their destination in good condition. This may include using appropriate packaging materials, securing goods in containers, and using proper handling procedures to prevent damage during transit.

  5. Freight Charges: Finally, it's important to consider the cost of shipping when planning to ship goods from West to East Malaysia. This can vary depending on factors such as the mode of transport, the size and weight of your goods, and the distance between the two locations.

In conclusion, shipping goods from West Malaysia to East Malaysia requires careful planning and consideration of several factors. By understanding these factors and working with a reputable shipping provider like Multi-Trans, you can ensure that your goods arrive at their destination safely and efficiently. If you have shipments to East Malaysia, do get in touch with us via email at or drop us a WhatsApp message at 019-331 8619.

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