Introduction to shipping
The impact of globalisation has resulted in companies reaching markets that are no longer restricted by borders. International shipments, like from US to Singapore and Singapore to US, are commonplace in daily supply chain distributions.
When manufacturing is done in one country and sales in another, or when you are migrating overseas, being able to transport your goods cheaply and efficiently is an important consideration.
Pros and Cons of available transport methods
At present, there are 2 methods of transporting your products over long distances.
|Air freight||Sea freight|
|Price||Tends to be pricier due to higher charges||More economical|
|Time||The short transport time of 3-5 days makes it valuable for goods that have shorter lead time or are needed urgently||Traditionally much slower and can require as long as 30 days to transport your goods|
|Quantity||Tends to be pricier due to higher charges||Shipping containers are used to transport goods and often offer a much larger space at lower prices|
|Types of goods that can be transported||Most products ranging from meat to electronics and mail can be sent by air||Able to send large and bulky machinery and vehicles or produce through the different sizes and dimensions of shipping containers available|
Due to cost and other restrictions, no shipping line is able to cover every single port in the world. This has resulted in a common practice in the shipping industry known as transshipment.
It is the process where goods are transported to a port by one shipping line and picked up by another shipping line to the next port. When transporting cargo over long distances such as from US to Malaysia, it is common for the cargo to be carried by multiple ships.
How long does it take to ship from the US to Malaysia?
Depending on your chosen method, shipping from US to Malaysia can take a vastly different amount of time and cost. We have compiled a rough estimate each method takes for your reference below:
Sending packages via air freight is generally the fastest way as planes have shorter travelling time. Once your package has been certified, collected and placed on a cargo flight, it takes approximately 7 days for door-to-door delivery from US to Malaysia.
Sea freight is a lengthy process as it is subjected to many environmental conditions. Once your package is collected by the shipping company, it takes approximately 25-30 days to complete the delivery to your target destination in Malaysia.
As explained above, transshipment is the process where your package is picked and shipped by one company to an intermediate destination. Another shipping company will then pick it up from the intermediate destination to your target destination.
This can be done as a combination of sea freight and air freight and as such, the time required can take anywhere from 30-45 days.
What is the cheapest way to ship from the US to Malaysia?
Tran-shipping is usually the cheapest way to transport your shipment barring limited lead time as multiple shipping companies will combine resources to reduce costs overall.
This also tends to be the more cost-efficient option when carrying shipments to rural areas. Thus, if you are shipping to remote areas in Malaysia, this can be a viable option.
Besides the mode of shipping, the cost is largely dependent on 2 other factors – the dimensions of the package and the lead time. The guidelines below will help give you an idea of the ideal method for shipping your parcel.
Measurements and Weight
The price of your shipment is highly dependent on the dimensions and weight of your products. As a rule of thumb, heavier products are usually more expensive to ship. Additionally, odd-shaped items may have extra charges levied too.
If you have an important cargo with very little lead time, it may be necessary to transport it via air freight. However, this can be significantly more costly. Less urgent goods can be transported with sea freight to save on costs.
Other considerations when shipping to Malaysia
If you’re looking to ship goods from US to Malaysia, these are some considerations that will affect the cost of shipment.
Malaysia imposes a tariff that ranges from 0-50%. Higher tariffs are applied to products that are already produced in large quantities locally.
Also, due to religious concerns, products such as alcohol or pork also receive higher tariffs.
Customers should also take note that any processed meat entering Malaysia must be certified halal. Slaughterhouses used must also be approved by the relevant authorities.
How can I ship from Amazon to Malaysia?
Certain online shops may not do international delivery, making it difficult to purchase their products.
To solve this issue, users can turn to M&P’s freight forwarding services which offer a local address for delivery. Your parcel can then be forwarded to your destination. Due to the possibility of bulk shipping and repacking, this often results in reduced costs of shipping.
Here’s how you can ship from Amazon to Malaysia:
- When engaging our services, you will be given a US shipping address where our warehouse is. Your address in Malaysia should be used during registration as this is where your packages will be delivered to.
- Proceed to do your online shopping with our US warehouse address as your shipping address.
- Once your product has been successfully delivered to M&P’s US warehouse, you will be notified of the necessary taxes and duties of shipping to your address in Malaysia.
- Upon engaging M&P, you will have a dedicated salesperson that will handle all your queries up till delivery.
Why should you choose M&P International Freights?
M&P International Freights is a world-class freight forwarder that has been accredited by FIATA, SLA, and MTO.
How can you engage us?
To get started, you may request for a quotation directly from our M&P team in Singapore through our contact form online.
When the quote has been confirmed, our US M&P counterparts will begin the necessary procedure to handle the shipment from US to Malaysia directly.
Once the goods are on their way, you will receive regular updates on the status of your cargo.
Any documentary swap required by the Malaysian authorities will be taken care of by M&P so you can rest easy while we do the work for you.