Malaysia Malaysia revised order on import prohibition

Enhancing control on metal and paper scrap

Malaysia revised order on import prohibition

On January 7, 2022, the Customs (Prohibition of Imports) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2022 (hereinafter “the Amendment Order”) was promulgated in Malaysia. The Amendment Order makes amendments to the First Schedule, Part I of the Third Schedule, and Part I of the Fourth Schedule of the Customs (Prohibition of Imports) Order 2017, coming into force on January 10, 2022. Most importantly, the Amendment Order stipulates that waste metal and recovered paper shall be imported to Malaysia in accordance with the guidelines issued by SIRIM Berhad, a standard and industrial research institute wholly-owned by the Malaysian government.

These orders can be downloaded from:

Customs (Prohibition of Imports) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2022
https://lom.agc.gov.my/ilims/upload/portal/akta/outputp/1720091/PUA%208.pdf

Customs (Prohibition of Imports) Order 2017
https://lom.agc.gov.my/ilims/upload/portal/akta/outputp/pua_20170404_P.U.(A)103_Import.pdf

 

Amendment to First Schedule (Goods which is absolutely prohibited for import)

Importation into Malaysia of goods specified in column (2) of the First Schedule, originating or manufactured wholly or mainly in, or consigned from, the countries specified in column (3) of the First Schedule is absolutely prohibited.

The Amendment Order has inserted the Item No. 16, as shown in the table below, after the Item No. 15.

(1)
Item No.
(2)
Description of goods
(3)
Country
16 Mixed waste and scrap of miscellaneous paper or paperboard (i.e., different quality or mixed waste paper composition and scheduled waste or mixed office waste of miscellaneous paper, does not contain ground wood pulp miscellaneous paper, mix corrugated and non-corrugated). All countries

 

Amendment in Part I of Third Schedule (Goods which is prohibited to be imported into Malaysia except in the manner provided)

Importation into Malaysia of the goods specified in Columns (2) and (3) of Part I of the Third Schedule that originate in any of the countries specified in Column (4), shall be prohibited, except when imported in the manner specified in Column (5).

The words that are struck through in the table below have been removed by the Amendment Order. (Columns (3) to (5) are omitted in the table below.)

(1)
Item No.
(2)
Description of goods
71 (3) Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; recovered (waste and scrap) paper and paperboard

 

Amendment in Part I of Fourth Schedule (Goods which may not be imported into Malaysia except conforming to the Malaysian Standard or other standards approved by the Malaysian Authorities and in the manner provided)

Importation into Malaysia of goods specified in columns (2) and (3) of Part I of the Fourth Schedule, originating from the countries specified in column (4) of Part I of the Fourth Schedule shall be prohibited, except in the manner provided for in column (5).

The Amendment Order has inserted Item No. 4 “Recovered (waste and scrap) paper and paperboard” and the Item No. 5 “Waste and scrap of metal,” as shown in the table below, after the Item No. 3. To import such goods, it is required to get pre- and post-shipment inspections and get a Certificate of Approval (CoA) issued in accordance with the applicable guidelines.

(1)
Item No.
(2)
Description of goods
(3)
Chapter/Heading/Subheading
(4)
Country
(5)
Manner of import
4 Recovered (waste and scrap) paper and paperboard:  

 

All countries Such import shall be accompanied by a CoA by or on behalf of SIRIM Berhad as defined under the Guidelines for Importation and Inspection of Waste Paper.
(1) Unbleached kraft paper or paperboard or corrugated paper or paperboard 4707.10.00 00
(2) Other paper or paperboard made mainly of bleached chemical pulp, not colored in the mass 4707.20.00 00
(3) Paper or paperboard made mainly of mechanical pulp (e.g., newspapers, journals and similar printed matter) 4707.30.00 00
5 Waste and scrap of metal: All countries Such import shall be accompanied by a CoA by or on behalf of SIRIM Berhad as defined under the Guidelines for Importation and Inspection of Metal Scrap.
(1) Ferrous waste and scrap; remelting scrap ingots of iron or steel 72.04
(2) Copper waste and scrap 74.04
(3) Aluminum waste or scrap 76.02