How to Import Organic Japanese Tea to Malaysia
Coffee has been the epitome of most mornings and evenings in Malaysia. However, this popularity is getting overshadowed by tea. Many Malaysian cafes have now started to provide tea. They even make specialty offerings where tea is served with desserts and other fusion drinks. As of now, tea is giving an extremely tough time to the coffee market in Malaysia. A lot of people want to try new stuff and test their palates. So, in this case, what can be a better option other than organic Japanese tea?
Why should you go for Japanese tea?
If you want something rich in taste and flavor, Japanese tea is your calling. Japanese tea dates back to the 8th century when it first came into being. The prime reason behind the success of this flavorsome invention was its manufacturing process.
The leaves go through an oxidation process that not only retains the color of the leaves but their flavor as well. Because of such fine quality, over 70% of people consume Japanese tea daily, while almost 90% of people drink this tea once or twice a week. Now, you get why this drink is one of the most consumed beverages in the entire world?
Suffice it is to say that Japanese tea will help you make your mark in the Malaysian tea market. But, how can you import this finest product to Malaysia?
How to import organic Japanese tea to Malaysia?
Every country has its own sets of rules and regulations in order to import a product into the premises of the country. If you’re willing to import organic Japanese tea to Malaysia, you need to go through a certain mandatory procedure. It is important that you learn everything thoroughly so that you can save yourself from getting rejected by the customs officials of Malaysia.
If you’re importing goods into the country, you’ll need to have an import license or import permit. However, to acquire this import license, you must register your company with the Companies Commission of Malaysia. Once you register, you can apply for an import permit. This import permit will be issued by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). This import permit allows you to import any kind of goods from foreign countries. There are certain other documents that you will need to present to the customs officials. (Please see in the FAQ section below to know the kind of documents)
Once all your documents and import permit clear out, you can freely consume or sell your organic Japanese tea in the country.
Customs and Import Duty in Malaysia
The cost of your imports will be calculated with respect to the customs or import duty being set up by the government of Malaysia. The taxes will be applicable to the total sum of the product cost, insurance cost, and shipment cost.
The table below shows the import duty rates of importing tea to Malaysia.
Note that the duty rate or tariff rate on importing tea to Malaysia is 0%. In this case, the average duty rate will be applied to the amount of tea you import.
Business Number Registration
A business registration number is a number that is primarily used to verify a company. It consists of a unique set of 12 numbers which is different for each company. For example, a company may have the registration number 202005123456. In this number:
- The first four digits are used to represent the registration year
- The next two numbers represent the type of your business entity
- The last six digits are the sequence of your business registration number which is unique for every company
All the matters related to the company can be verified through this business number. In Malaysia, you can acquire a business registration number through the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM). It is also, sometimes, referred to as SSM in Malay abbreviation.
A business registration number is inscribed on the certificate of incorporation, and it is proof that a company is legally registered in Malaysia. This number can also help you in acquiring an import permit in order to import products into the country. Thus, if you want to import organic Japanese tea to Malaysia, make sure your company is registered.
What kind of documents do you need to present to the customs officials of Malaysia?
When you import goods into the country, you need to provide the following documents to the customs officials.
- Customs Import Declaration
- Bill of Lading
- Certificate of origin
- Commercial invoice; and
- Packing List
How can you calculate the import duty tax on your import?
In order to calculate the import duty tax on your import, you need to know the HS-CODE of your product. In the case of tea, the HS-CODE is 63-2-93-90-0.
Now, imagine if you’re importing organic Japanese tea in bulk quantity. The total cost of your import comes out to be MY$15,000 with the insurance cost of MY$7,000.
Now, this value majorly exceeds the given threshold value; therefore, certain taxes will be applicable to the total sum of the cost. Now, the general duty rate of tea in Malaysia is 0% that leaves us with an average duty rate of 5.74%. This average duty rate will be applied to the total sum of the cost which is MY$22,000 (MY$15,000 + MY$7,000). Your total value will be 0.0574 x 22,000 = MY$1,263 (approximately). Now, the total cost becomes MY$23,263 that you will pay to the Malaysian government. A 6% VAT will also be applied to the total cost of your imports.
How can you obtain your business registration number?
It takes two major steps to register a company in Malaysia. Let us go through each of them one by one.
1. Choose the structure of your business.
In Malaysia, there are seven business entities from which you can choose. These are:
- Sole Proprietorship
- Limited Liability Partnership
- Public Limited Company
- Representative Office
- Private Limited Company
- Branch Office
When you’re done deciding your business entity, it’s time that you move forward and choose the name of your company. Make sure that the name of your company isn’t already taken or somewhat similar to the already existing ones. For this, you’ll have to run a name check with the SSM. This will be a preliminary check, and once you’re done with it, you can submit the reservation of your company name to SSM. If your company name is approved, it will be reserved.
2. Registration of your company with the SSM
After your company name is approved, you need to register your business with the SSM within 30 days. To register your company, you’ll need to provide the following documents:
- Constitution (optional)
- Compliance Declaration
- Declaration by a promoter or director of the company before the appointment
All the related authorities will review your application. If it gets approved, a Notice of Registration will be issued by SSM. You will receive your notice on the email that you used to register your company with. You will also receive your business registration number along with the date of registration. Once all this procedure is completed, you can purchase your certificate of incorporation which will cost you MY$20.00.
Today, the tea market of Malaysia is booming. Every individual wants to have a taste of this luxurious drink, and they won’t rest until they find that perfect flavor. Organic Japanese tea is one of the finest quality teas in the entire world. It has the most perfect balance of flavor, color, and quality – the balance that every Malaysian is hunting for.
Therefore, if you want your tea business to thrive in Malaysia, this may be the perfect time to import this marvelous invention. However, make sure you’ve thoroughly analyzed the import requirements before you start importing these goods in Malaysia.
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