IMA Overview

Country overview

Malaysia is a multi-ethnic, multicultural and multilingual society. It is a relatively open, newly industrialised market economy and is ranked highly in the World Bank’s “2017 Ease of Doing Business” survey (23rd out of 190 countries). Malaysia is one of Southeast Asia’s most successful economies and one of the Department for International Trade's (DIT) high growth markets. 

Malaysia is the UK’s second-largest trading partner in ASEAN. The UK and Malaysia aimed to double bilateral trade from £4 billion to £8 billion by the end of 2016. The top five sectors for trade between the UK and Malaysia are machinery and transport equipment, manufactured goods, chemical and related products, crude oil and fuel; and food, beverages and tobacco.

Several large UK companies have a presence in Malaysia including Aberdeen Asset Management, Allied Pickfords, BAE Systems, BP, BAT, Debenhams, Dyson, Pinewood Studios, Shell, Tesco and Weir Group.

There are clearly many historical, political and emotional reasons why there are such strong ties between Malaysia and the UK – but there are many economic reasons why investing in Malaysia makes sense too. Strengths of the Malaysian market include excellent infrastructure and transport connectivity, a well-developed financial sector, and a cost-effective gateway into other Asian markets.

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About this guide

This guide aims to provide a route map of the way ahead, together with signposts to other sources of help.

The main objective of this Doing Business in Malaysia Guide is to provide you with basic knowledge about Malaysia; an overview of its economy, business culture, potential opportunities and to identify the main issues associated with initial research, market entry, risk management and cultural and language issues.

We do not pretend to provide all the answers in the guide, but novice exporters in particular will find it a useful starting point. Further assistance is available from the Department for International Trade (DIT) team in Malaysia. Full contact details are available in this guide.

To help your business succeed in Malaysia we have carefully selected a variety of essential service providers as ‘Market Experts’ Click Here

The guide is available in 4 formats:

  • this website

  • a ‘free’ downloadable 'mobile device-friendly’ app – available from the iTunes App Store and Google Play store

  • a full colour hard-copy brochure (to order your copy please click here)

  • PDF download/e-flipbook (scroll down to see the download information below)

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About IOE&IT

An Introduction to the Institute of Export & International Trade

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Established in 1935, the Institute of Export & International Trade is the professional membership body representing and supporting the interests of everyone involved in importing, exporting and international trade. Offering a unique range of individual and business membership benefits and a world renowned suite of qualifications and training, the Institute is the leading authority in best practice and competence for businesses trading globally.

To view other videos, please visit the IOE&IT YouTube Channel.

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Doing Business in Malaysia Guide Market Experts - Please click on the logos below to view our Market Expert profiles and to find out how they can help you to succeed in Malaysia!


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