Importing Wood/Timber

To uphold Malaysia’s agriculture security and to protect the country against quarantine pests, the Crop Protection and Plant Quarantine Division of the Department of Agriculture (DOA) has enforced the Plant Quarantine Act 1976 and the Plant Quarantine Regulation 1981. The Plant Quarantine Regulation 1981 has stipulated the requirements for the importation of plants, plant products, growing media or rooting compost, beneficial organisms, plant pests and carrier of plant pests. The import of plants and plant products under the Plant Quarantine Act 1976 can be categorised as below:-

A. Products which require Import Permit and Phytosanitary Certificate (PC)

  • Plants and planting materials including Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
  • Growth media, composts, peat moss, etc.
  • Organic fertilizers.
  • Pests (invasive species), biological control agents, beneficial organisms.
  • Plant products (eg. mangoes and items derived from coconut and oil palm tree, herbarium, fresh/dried cut flowers). Bamboo baskets, gunny sacks.
  • Wood (wood mulch, back chip, fuel wood, rubberwood, logs from Longhorn Beetle countries).
  • Soil (stones, sands and minerals (except processed).

B. Products which require PC only

Plant products imported from countries where Khapra beetle is found:-
1) Bangladesh
2) India
3) Pakistan
4) Sudan
5) Turkey
6) Philippines
7) Myanmar
8) Morocco
9) Sri Lanka

C. Products which do not require Import Permit and PC but subjected to inspection prior to release

  • Plant products for human consumption, medicinal purpose, manufacturing and processing.
  • Any processed plants.


  • Import Permit shall be obtained from the Crop Protection and Plant Quarantine Division, DOA Kuala Lumpur.
  • Requires seven (7) working days to issue the import permit for normal items (new items may need additional time before they are approved – requires Pests Risk Analysis).
  • One Import Permit can be used for only one consignment and valid for three (3) months. An Import Permit which has expired may be extended once (1 time) for a further period not exceeding one month from the date of expiry.
  • Importers must forward the Import Permit to the exporting countries to comply to the requirement.
  • The original Import Permit must be produced during the clearance procedures for the consignment at the entry points.

    Country of Origin Groupings:-
    Group A – Countries endemic to the South American Leaf Blight (SALB) disease (Belize, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama Canal, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.

    Group B – Countries endemic to serious disease of Oil Palm (Cameroon, Cote d’Ivore, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Nigeria, Zaire)

    Group C – Countries endemic to Longhorn beetle (Japan, Korea, Southern China, Canada, U.S.A.)

    Group D – Countries endemic to Pinewood nematode (EU countries).

    Country of Origin Product Decription Condition of Permit
    Group B Logs Prohibited.
    Approval may be granted based on:-
    a) Species to be imported
    1. Pest list of the particular species of timber
    2. Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) to be undertaken by DOA
    Lumber, Sawn Timber, Wood carving, wood chips, semi-processed
    furniture, parquet, Crates and dunnage (Packing cases)
    Prohibited except with:-Requirements:
    a) Import Permit
    b) Phytosanitary Certificate (PC) Phytosanitary measures to be adhered to:-
    a) Free from soil
    b) Free from bark
    c) Treatment:-
    Kill drying or Fumigation
    Methyl Bromide : 128 g/24 hours
    d) Moisture Content (M.C) <20%
    e) Inspection upon arrival, release only after 30 days from the date sailing.


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