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At the beginning of 2022, Malaysia’s durian export saw a significant decline despite the spike in the last few years. Indeed, the country’s durian producers faced many challenges stemming from the rise in fuel and fertiliser price, as reported by Product Report. The increase, combined with the sharp downfall of the throughput at the Port of Shanghai, also affected durian export. To make things worse, producers suffered a 60% to 80% reduction in some crops’ harvest due to heavy rains.
Still, durian export plays a crucial role in the country’s economy, as the demand in destinations like China and Hong Kong is still strong, reports the Straits Times. Many businesses are looking to restore the past momentum and start exporting the King of Fruit.
The majority of durian export destinations are in Asia. Malaysia's historic export destinations include China, Hong Kong, and Singapore with Malaysia now having complete market access to Singapore and Hong Kong for fresh and processed durian products. With a world market share in 2020 of about 0.64%, Malaysia earned US$17.70M from selling this fruit overseas. Here’s how they can get a durian export permit and sell one of the most profitable fruits on the foreign market:
The production must come from farms with accreditation by the Department of Agriculture (DoA). Consequently, they must have a Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) certification to pass the first regulations. The second part of the licensing involves the manufacturing process. All fruits must go through processing adhering to the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and receive a permit from the importing country.
In order to successfully export durians from Malaysia, you would have to register and obtain permits from two different government bodies. First, register as an exporter with Malaysian Qurantine Inspection Services (MAQIS) to obtain the MAQIS Export Permit. You can do this through the e-portal Dagang Net.
Register with Dagang Net
To register online with the Dagang Net through its website (http://www.dagangnet.com/registration/)
Under New Customer Registration, select “Declaration, Manifest, Permit, Epco, Mystat, Mypayment, Aiiva, E-npco”.
Continue with your registration
Apply under OGA : MAQIS / KUARANTIN TUMBUHAN
Submit application online for dagangnet registration
Make payment to dagangnet online
Dagangnet will provide username and password within 1-2 working days after approval
Registration (one time)
Corporate – RM500
SME – RM200
Module Fee MAQIS E-Permit
Dagangnet fee for using their system
RM5/application (invoice once per month)
Login to dagangnet e permit to apply MAQIS permit for every export shipment (https://epermit.dagangnet.com.my/epermit.jsp)
Normally approved within 24hrs. However, to play safe please consider 1-3 working days for MAQIS approval
Log in & check if the approval granted (no notification will be given, thus you can check the status after 24 hours)
Once approved, check payment status and make payment
Print e-permit for use in inspection later
MAQIS export permit
RM2 for first 1 ton. Subsequent is RM1 per ton.
Next, register with FAMA to obtain the Conformity 3P Certificate (GPL) or Certificate of Conformity (CoC). The process can be complicated, so we have provided you with the complete list of the procedures and documents you should prepare to start exporting durians from Malaysia:
Register your business with FAMA in website www.e3p.com.my
If you have already registered with dagangnet earlier, enter the dagangnet account number
You are required to attach SSM scan copy of certificate as proof of company registration in when you submit your application to FAMA
With just a few simple clicks, fill in the required details and click Submit
FAMA will look through your application and will grant approval to qualified businesses within few mins to 24hours if with sufficient documents
Notification on the status will be received via email.
When your application is approved, make the necessary payments
You are now ready to start using e3P system to apply for CoC
Application of CoC with FAMA
Apply on the same website www.e3p.com.my
Normally approval will be within 24hrs. However, to play safe please consider 1-3 working days for FAMA approval.
Notification on the status will be received via email.
Print CoC for use in inspection later
Annual Access Fee
Moving goods from one country to another is a complex process. In order to facilitate this process and provide the right information to customs authorities that verify that goods can enter or leave the country, several documents need to be prepared by the exporter. In addition to the MAQIS Export E-Permit and the Conformity 3P Certificate (GPL) or Certificate of Conformity (CoC), exporters need to look into providing the following documents:
Bill of Lading;
Certificate of Origin (COO);
Export Packing list;
Shipping durians internationally requires you to overcome several challenges. Along with getting the right permits, durian exporters in Malaysia also need to contend with using preservation technology and packaging that keep the fruit at its freshest.
Also, many expect frozen durian exports to decrease by 50% by the end of the year despite the rising demand from China. Fortunately, the durian export market seems ready to endure the increase in fuel and fertiliser prices. To incentivise newcomers to the industry, the Malaysian government presents a set of measures to make licensing straightforward. Moreover, there are no taxes imposed on durian exports. This prospect offers small and medium-sized companies an excellent opportunity to enter the durian export business.
To overcome the logistics challenges of exporting durians, consider DHL Express Malaysia’s Durian Express Initiative. We provide next-day delivery of durians to Hong Kong and Singapore to successfully carry out shipments of durians. Find out more about exporting durians out of Malaysia. Or register for a business account with us now to start exporting fresh durian now.