Transport Malaysia with Seacon Logistics

Seacon Logistics is your logistics service provider and central point of contact for transport to and from Malaysia. From strategic locations and together with our worldwide network of agents and partners, we quickly, smoothly and cost-effectively take care of your transport. From full loads (FTL), part loads (LTL), pallets, intermodal to special transport

The constitutional elective monarchy of Malaysia is a state in Southeast Asia that is divided into two regions (West and East Malaysia). It comprises of 13 states scattered across the Malay Peninsula and part of the island of Borneo. Malaysia is considered a so-called 'tiger state'. The country has a free-market economy and has achieved the highest economic growth in the world over the past decades. This has made Malaysia a middle-income country, according to the World Bank, with great potential to catch up with the high-income countries. 

This is also evident from the statistics. According to the Global Competitiveness Report (2018), Malaysia ranks among the top 25 countries worldwide by competitiveness, making it one of the top 6 economies in the Asian region. Malaysia also ranks in the top 50 of the Index of Economic Freedom (2022), reinforcing its status as a free-market economy. The country owes its economic prosperity in part to its wealth of natural resources. Malaysia is rich in tin, rubber, palm oil and petroleum. These advantages have led to internationally active companies in the automotive industry and the oil multinational Petronas. 

The economy of Malaysia is diversified with the services sector being the most prominent (53.6%), and the industrial sector accounting for a significant portion (37.6%) of economic output. In this sector, the natural resources industry and the technology industry are the main drivers of growth. They are supported in part by significant direct investments, which have reached an annual volume of about 70 billion US dollars in recent years. These economic advantages make Malaysia an important industrial location and cargo transshipment hub of supra-regional significance. The country trades with China, neighbouring Singapore, and the United States, among others.

The country's logistics sector has also benefited from years of economic growth. According to the World Bank, Malaysia already ranks 41st globally (2021) in terms of the quality of its infrastructure. The port of Port Klang is particularly noteworthy. It is Malaysia's largest port and is essential for handling the steadily growing volumes in recent years. Does your company want to take advantage of the seaport in Malaysia and use it as a gateway to both the Asian and American regions? Please contact us for the possibilities. 

For Malaysia transport, it is only logical for you as a company – together with Seacon as your professional partner – to take your logistics to a higher level. On this page, you can read more about our transport solutions for Malaysia.

Important transport routes Malaysia and your benefits

As Malaysia is an island state surrounded by water, sea freight is the primary mode of transportation for goods. The Strait of Malacca is one of the busiest waterways in the world. Up to 25% of goods traded by sea pass through this strait, making Malaysia and ports such as Port Klang and Tanjung Pelepas ideally located, both geographically and economically. 

Both road transport and rail transport in Malaysia are negligible compared to road transport. Due to the currently inadequate capacity of rail transport and the unpaved roads in some areas, air freight and ferry services handle domestic goods transportation. For air transport, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport is particularly noteworthy. This airport is located in West Malaysia and serves as a transshipment point for the entire Asian market. It also provides access to international destinations. 

Lacking modes of transportation can be accounted for by utilising smart supply chain solutions and intermodal transport. Please contact us to discuss the possibilities for your company. 

Container terminal in Port Klang, a major and largest sea gateway to Malaysia | Transport Malaysia | Seacon Logistics
Overview photo of the Malaysian city of Kuala Lumpur showing the Petronas Twin Towers and the Kuala Lumpur Tower | Transport Malaysia | Seacon Logistics

Important cities for freight transport in Malaysia

In Malaysia, due to its geographical location, goods transportation is mainly concentrated in coastal areas. The internationally significant ports are located along the coast, and both domestic goods and passenger transport are carried out via waterways. Consequently, most businesses have established themselves along the coast. 

The capital city, Kuala Lumpur, is also located by the sea, along the strategically important Strait of Malacca. The port located there, Port Klang, is the largest in Malaysia. The aforementioned airport in the capital city also helps relieve the country's advanced but still not fully developed logistics network. 

Tanjung Pelepas is also worth mentioning. The city has an internationally significant port that is steadily growing and serves as a crucial transshipment centre for Malaysia. The city is located near Singapore, providing a direct connection to one of the key economic centres in the Asian region. 

Do you want to use Malaysia as a gateway to the Asian and American markets? Please contact us. We are here to provide you with our smart supply chain solutions to, from, and within Malaysia, ensuring a hassle-free experience. 

Transport solutions Malaysia

We offer different types of transport to and from Malaysia. Whether it concerns general cargo, less-than-truckload or full-truckload shipping, air freight, sea freight or freight transport – we will ensure that your goods arrive at their destination safely and on time. Below you will find our transport solutions to and from Malaysia:

  • Groupage transport to Malaysia
  • Pallet shipment
  • Partial loads (LTL / LCL)
  • Full loads (FCL / FTL)
  • Rail transport
  • Deliveries in the city centre
  • Delivery with tailboard
  • Express delivery to Malaysia
Aerial view of the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur in the evening | Transport Malaysia | Seacon Logistics

Groupage Malaysia - LCL and LTL

The term LTL (Less Than Truck Load) is used in freight transport to indicate that only part of the available cargo space of the truck is filled. In the logistics industry, it is therefore common to combine several partial loads at one loading point or to add a partial load. In short, groupage or LTL is therefore the merging of several smaller loads into one larger load. This optimises the use of the freight container during road freight.

The abbreviation LCL stands for Less than Container Load and in sea freight refers to shipments that do not fill an entire container and are combined with other general cargo in a consolidated container. LCL transport mainly offers price advantages and some benefits in practical handling and stowage. For general cargo, only proportionate transport costs are incurred for the use of the container volume.

Full loads Malaysia - FCL or FTL

The abbreviation FCL (Full Container Load) is used in sea freight for full container loads. Unlike LCL: a load that only partially fills a container. With FCL loads, the container is loaded by a shipper and unloaded at the destination by a consignee.

With an FTL delivery (Full Truck Load), the shipment fills the entire available cargo space. The truck transports this shipment to its destination without reloading. This is for one recipient. This completely utilises the truck’s transport capacity. 

Fast delivery is the main advantage of FTL. This is because there is no need for transhipment or extra route planning to different recipients. The truck drives directly to one destination. It is the most effective method of transporting goods by road to a final destination. 


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Special transport Malaysia 

In our wide range of transport services, we also offer special transport to and from Malaysia. This is the worldwide transport of long, high and heavy goods that do not fit in a container or truck. We believe it is important to comply with all international regulations and guidelines in this type of transport. Especially when transporting dangerous goods, regardless of whether they are transported to or from Malaysia to abroad. Below you will find an overview of all goods that Seacon Logistics transports: 

  • Long goods
  • Dangerous goods (ADR)
  • Boxes (KTN)
  • Boxes (BOX)
  • Bundles
  • Heavy load
  • Pallets (PLT)
  • Gitter boxes (GIBO)
  • Barrels (FSS)
  • Other loose goods

Transport options Malaysia: to and from Asia, America, Europe and Africa

At Seacon Logistics we understand that, in addition to the quality of your products, fast shipping and associated satisfied customers are of great importance. That is why we facilitate the worldwide transport of your goods in all aspects. Goods transport within Europe is usually handled via road freight, but for shipments to and from Asia, North and South-America and Africa, we of course also have sea freight and air freight at your disposal.

From our locations at strategically located terminals, we supply all major consumer markets. By outsourcing your transport to and from Malaysia to Seacon Logistics, you benefit from the advantage that you do not have to worry about complicated coordination across different continents and time zones. With us, you are guaranteed – partly thanks to the excellent cooperation with our partner network – a fast, efficient and well-organised shipment. 

Container terminal from above, showing a container ship loading sea freight and moving trucks (road transport). | Seacon Logistics

Transit and delivery times for transport to Malaysia

To satisfy you and meet all your requirements, reliability and speed are paramount at Seacon Logistics. That is why we work closely with a worldwide partner network and can plan, execute and organise your transport efficiently. 

It is also possible to send express shipments, we arrange this in collaboration with our network. Fast transport services and our in-house customs clearance ensure that your transport from Malaysia arrives at your customer faster than usual. 

For daily updated information and reliable transport planning, please contact us directly. Our specialists are always ready to help you. 

Customs: the correct import and export documents

Our focus is always on the entire logistics chain. To serve you even better, our in-house customs department takes care of the necessary import and export documents and transport certificates. Our Compliance Desk checks whether your goods comply with all guidelines and sanction regulations at the place of destination. This way you will not be faced with unpleasant surprises and you can concentrate on your core business. Thanks to our status as Authorised Economic Operator (previously AEO-certified) and 'preferred supplier', we can minimise delays. An important advantage for you as a customer.

Want to know more about how we unburden you in terms of customs and customs declarations? 

More about customs

Incoterms®: Protect your international trade with Malaysia

As a global logistics chain director, Seacon Logistics deals a lot with Incoterms®. Although we are not involved in the commercial agreements between buyer and seller, we are often consulted about the dangers and consequences of the various Incoterms® before a transaction is concluded. In practice, many companies still underestimate the risks.

To ensure that contractual formulas in the trade of goods are interpreted equally by buyer and seller, we have created a white paper and an infographic. 

View our Incoterms® page

Important additional information: Public holidays, driving bans and local details

As an island state, Malaysia has some geographical peculiarities that you need to consider. As previously described, the country is divided into two regions: West and East Malaysia. This means that the country can only be traversed by ferry. Furthermore, there are local specifics that may differ from European standards. The following overview provides information on the specifics to be aware of: 

  • Currency: Malaysia uses the Malaysian Ringgit (also known as MYR or RM) as its currency.
  • Traffic: On both Malaysian islands, driving is on the left side of the road.
  • Customs: Due to the lack of a free trade agreement, local customs regulations must be observed. Our team of experts will be happy to provide more information.
  • Highways: Toll fees are generally collected on highways in Malaysia. Payment must be made in advance or upon entry.

If you have more detailed questions about the specifics or rules in Malaysia, please feel free to contact our team. In a joint logistic analysis, we examine which aspects are relevant for your goods transport. 

The strength of Seacon: logistics at its heart since 1985

Since the establishment of Seacon Logistics, we have been building our organisation as a leading logistics chain director. Today, Seacon Logistics has over 700 employees at various strategic locations throughout Europe. Yet the origins of the family business can still be felt in our organisation. And that is precisely where our strength lies. Logistic services from the heart, that's what we are all about!

With a strong we-feeling, we take on logistical challenges and work together to serve you as our customer in the best possible way. With innovative and efficient solutions, we take your logistics to a new level. Transparent communication, personal approach and entrepreneurship are the basis of our customers' trust. 

Are you interested in a transport solution to a country other than Malaysia? Then take a look at one of our many other partner countries: 

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Then please do not hesitate to contact us. We know the logistical challenges of our customers and have been optimising their logistics chains for decades. No distance is too far or challenge too great. Are you ready to take your logistics chain to the next level? Then be sure to get in touch with us.

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