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Overview of the Construction and Mining Industry in Malaysia and How to Buy Equipment

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Brief Introduction to Malaysia

  • Population: 31.95 million
  • Capital: Kuala Lumpur
  • Official Languages: Malay, English
  • Total Area:329847km2
  • Currency: Malaysian Ringgit


Economic Statistics of Malaysia

Malaysia is the 6th largest economy in Southeast Asia with a GDP of $364.7 billion.

  • The largest industries in Malaysia: agriculture (9.3%), industry (40.6%), and services (50.1%).
  • The main importers of Malaysia's goods: Singapore (13.6%), China (13.4%), and the United States (10.5%).
  • The main importers of Malaysia's goods: China (21.2%), Singapore (15.2%), and Japan (6.39%).


The Construction Industry in Malaysia

  • Since 1989, Malaysia's construction industry has contributed to 3-6% of Malaysia's GDP. Now, the Malaysian construction industry is predicted to grow 6.8% every year from 2021 to 2024.
  • Due to the catalyzing effects of the Malaysia government planning to spend US $472.8 million on infrastructure development and widespread investment in construction across the country, both residential and commercial construction is expected to continue increasing in value and frequency.
  • The Malaysia Building Construction Industry Databook Series - Market Size and Forecast (2015-2024)...Assessment predicts the Malaysia construction industry to reach MYR 121.8 billion by 2024.


The Mining Industry in Malaysia

  • In 2003, Malaysia's mining industry was 7% of the total GDP of Malaysia. Mining products include coal, gold, iron ore, and sand among the over 33 different mineral types that Malaysia is abundant in.
  • Malaysia's mining industry contributed over MYR 4 billion in 2010 and only continues to grow.
  • The Malaysian government's National Mineral Policy 2 ensured that Malaysia's mining industry remained steadily contributing to the national economy by committing to mining development in 2009.
  • Since, emission-reduction and efficiency goals have been consistently met through new mining technologies available each year and through Camamach.


Port Klang, Malaysia

Sea Ports and Trading Hubs of Malaysia

Malaysia is accessible by both land and sea. For international trading, the main sea ports are:

  • Port Klang
  • Port of Tanjung Pelepas
  • Port of Penang.


For importing the equipment, Camachem uses the largest port of Port Klang.

What Equipment Does Malaysia Import?


Official Portal Royal Malaysian Customs Department

What Regulations Are There On Importing Equipment to Malaysia ?

From the Official Portal Royal Malaysian Customs Department: "Current import duties for heavy construction equipment range from 10% to 35% which is high if compared to other ASEAN countries." and "A restrictive import licensing regime is also applied to heavy construction equipment, electrical household appliances, and iron and steel products." and "For heavy construction equipment, the AP only extends to machinery or equipment that is less than five years old and is not available locally. The importation of any machinery or equipment that is more than 5 years old is prohibited."

Why Should Malaysia Import Equipment?

  • Availability - The local industry has limited capacity and some clients require equipment in a timely manner
  • High Equipment Cost- Given domestic competition and high production costs, equipment is more expensive to buy domestically as compared to the world market.
  • Equipment Quality- While most international equipment suppliers have good brand reputation and quality, some smaller domestic manufacturers can have variant equipment quality.


Where can I Buy Equipment for Malaysia?

Locally, the easiest methods of obtaining construction and mining equipment are through brick-and-mortar equipment stores nearby or by buying used equipment from a consumer.

The problem with brick-and-mortar stores is that the prices are often higher to reflect the ease of proximity to the actual product, as well as to bolster the local economy. When buying equipment in bulk, small differences in price reflect severalfold on the final price. Additionally, there will likely be a smaller variety of brands, features, and criterion to choose from. Buying used equipment also makes it difficult to buy specific equipment. Used equipment can also be faulty and risky, especially when intending to purchase and operate larger machinery.

The final option is to purchase equipment online. Popular online conglomerates might offer large selections but they cannot ensure the quality of their equipment. This can create situations where the equipment delivered is substandard in efficiency and/or largely different from what was expected.

When buying equipment for Malaysia, importing directly from manufacturers is of top priority.

Luckily, Camamach has been exporting construction and mining equipment to clients in Malaysia. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] or WhatsApp us at +86-131-2037-9271 for a FREE quotation. We also ship worldwide; for other countries, check out our experience here.