The lowdown on sending parcels to Malaysia

Celebrating only its 58th birthday in 2015, Malaysia remains one of the youngest countries in the world. It's done plenty in that time, though, from establishing itself as an architectural design leader to developing one of the best economic records in all of Asia.

It's also one of the most visited countries in the world. Thousands of Brits head over to the young nation each year - approximately 435,500 UK tourists to be (somewhat) precise. They typically visit capital city Kuala Lumpur, the 99 gorgeous islands of Langkawi or the Mulu Caves in the Gunung Mulu National Park. There's certainly a staggering amount of natural beauty and entertainment here.

It should come as no shock, then, to discover that thousands of British nationals have also made the country their home. Many UK businesses have therefore increased their global delivery options to include a service to Malaysia. But how can those of us still residing in the UK post parcels to friends, relatives, or even customers living in Malaysia? Here's the lowdown.

Customs declaration

First of all, Malaysia is situated in South-East Asia and therefore outside of EU jurisdiction, so anyone sending a parcel over will need to get hold of the relevant customs documentation. There are a few different documents depending on the cost of your package. If its contents are worth £270 or less, then it is form CN22 that you're after, whereas if it's worth more, you'll need a CN23.

Remember, it's the sender's responsibility to complete the correct forms. If you're unable to locate the appropriate forms, ipostparcels can use the information you give us during the booking stage to complete it for you.

Restrictions and prohibitions

There are several items that are prohibited from being mailed to Malaysia at all times, and doing so could lead to legal prosecution against you. While a postal delivery service like ipostparcels will clarify all of this for you, when you're packing your parcel it's important to know what you can't include. Here is a list of prohibited items in Malaysia:

• Jewellery, bullions, antiques, precious metals, and stones
• Animals (including insects, hatching eggs, birds, and ivory)
• Drugs and narcotics (which are - somewhat unsurprisingly - also illegal)
• Pornography
• Counterfeit or pirated goods or materials (including CD, VCD, and DVD)
• Human remains (including ashes)
• Currency notes, credit cards, travellers cheques, and passports
• Firearms or part thereof, weapons, and ammunition
• Live plants
• Dangerous goods, hazardous or combustible materials (including asbestos, dry-ice, perfume, and paint)

Guaranteeing a safe journey

When you're sending a parcel some 6,500 miles across the planet, you'll want to do all you can to ensure it travels and arrives safely and securely. It takes approximately 12 hours to fly from the UK to Malaysia - a lot of time for a poorly packed parcel to come a cropper.

Make sure you package your goods correctly, using newspaper or tissue paper to fill any gaps in the box, and bubble wrap to secure any fragile items. When it's all packaged up, ensure you've used a good, strong parcel tape to keep everything intact. Then finally, all you have to do is write the address (remember to write MALAYSIA in capital letters) and you're ready to send!

You can find out more information on sending parcels to Malaysia.

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Please note if you do not select the “signature required” delivery option, UKMail will not be liable should your items be subsequently lost or damaged after the delivery (see clause 11.7 of the Terms & Conditions). *We define a “Parcel” as a package with dimensions up to 80cm x 80cm x 80cm and a weight of up to 25kg.

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