Shipping Rate from the US to Malaysia

Posted by vivien | Non-Food Related | Monday 10 August 2009 10:56 am
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I have been wanting to shop online. Ebay perhaps, they are so many good stuff online, Ebay Malaysia sucks, but Ebay USA, Ebay Canada etc are pretty cool, and Old Navy, Forever 21(as far as i know dirt cheap in US), Le Chateau,  Suzy Shier, etc etc… but it is the shipping charges from the US to Malaysia which kills the fun of online shopping, mostly apparels which i am interested in.

What i gathered online are some intermediary method of having your goods shipped to these US address, and they will send you the items, perhaps lower price? Shipping of goods to local US address is fine as many retailers offers free shipping locally if you spend over certain amount of money, but i am wondering what is the cheapest and best ways to ship stuff over to Malaysia, also without incurring import charges from Malaysian custom
1. vPOST Globalshopping, which is spending so much on advertising, you can see many nuffnangers writing adverts for vPOST. Shipping Charge
2. vsHub Virtual Shopping Hub, shipping charge.
3. Bizsouq.com, shipping charge.
4. ComGateway, shipping charge.
5. Borderlinx, shipping charge.
Anyone have experience on any of the above service? or what is the best way to ship stuff over to Malaysia. The charges calculations are kinda confusing, some has mandatory base charges(vPOST charge SGD$23.40(about RM52) of base charges, bizsouq charge RM60 base charge), some offer option to consolidate of package which is a good thing(ComGateway offers option to consolidate). According to ComGateway, they will give US address in Oregon which is a tax free state(although i don’t know how it will affect the shipping charges). ComGateway use DHL for its delivery which makes it more reliable? After considering some of the above factors, i find ComGateway could be the cheapest and most reliable choice, if i ship the item to Singapore(since my brother lives there, and come back once in a while), shipping for 1st kg is US$21.40(about RM75) and subsequent 0.5kg only US$3.15. Coming up second is vPOST per kg is about RM77 (base charge of SGD$23.40 + perkg of SGD$11.60)
So any of you have personal experience which shipping from other countries to Malaysia?

 

11 Comments »

  1. Comment by Marcus — August 10, 2009 @ 12:16 pm

    Hi,

    I was reading your comment. Was wondering if you know that vPOST has 20% discount for purchase above SGD$60 and 10% discount for all shipping charges. I thought that may help if you buy regularly. I would rather have convenience and ship it to my house and pay a little more. Not sure about you.

    Cheers!

  2. Comment by spree-mama — August 11, 2009 @ 12:03 am

    Hi ho-jiak u can also ship it to vpost SG at base charge S$12.40 and per KG (S$8.60) with further 10% discount and have your brother bring it back.

    if u use cgw for malaysia, it will cost u US$31.75 base charge + US$4.60 per KG?

  3. Comment by Vivien — August 11, 2009 @ 2:22 am

    Marcus: didn't know of such discount for spending over SGD$60, thanks, but that would means i have to buy stuff of at least 3kg(shipped to malaysia with base charge of SGD$23.40 and SGD$11.60/kg) or even more if i were to utilise cheaper rate of shipping to Singapore

    spree-mama: thanks for info, that would means if i were to buy 1kg of stuff, it will cost only roughly RM46 shipping. Good for first try using vPost shipping to Singapore.

  4. Comment by Vivien — August 11, 2009 @ 2:26 am

    spree-mama:
    if i were to use cgw to malaysia it is quite expensive, cheaper to ship to Singapore, cgw charge US$21.4(first kg) and additional .5kg for US$3.15.

    As comparison to vPost rate to Singapore you provided, vPost is cheaper.

  5. Comment by p-chan — August 11, 2009 @ 1:22 pm

    Hi, anybody know about the custom charges in m'sia??
    i've a bad experience before, as i was ordering something from s'pore, then, when it comes to me, the custom charges is 8x the price, @_@
    if vpost is offering good deal, i don't mind using, it's the custom in m'sia that's scary

    will it be sent as like from friend to friend??
    my bad experience was from company (where i bought the goods from) to me.

  6. Comment by Vivien — August 11, 2009 @ 9:52 pm

    p-chan: i did have bad experience with malaysian custom too with stuff(shoes specifically) sent from UK to Malaysia.(from friend, not company), they charge really huge tax, and my mum had friend in custom, so we managed to get the item out ;), but it was bad experience, i also don't understand how stuff can be held in custom(under what criteria, method of shipping etc)

  7. Comment by p-chan — August 13, 2009 @ 12:57 pm

    Hi, Vivien,
    after reading your BAD experience, now, I really have damn BAD impression about m'sian custom, seems like it's unskippable.

    Yep, I think, they just open your shipment, irregardless personal or company, I've mine opened, and a few pair of pants missing, many years ago.

  8. Comment by Vivien — August 13, 2009 @ 9:14 pm

    p-chan:
    If the package is labeled as "gift" and less value declared(they is should a cap on maximum value of a package for it to pass custom without any hassels :P), then it might skip custom, just what i heard…

  9. Comment by eL — March 6, 2010 @ 9:46 am

    Hi,
    I’m looking for ways to ship items from US the cheap way also & came across your post here. Excellent information, I’d have to compare the shipping charges though.

    About Malaysian custom, so far of all the 40-50 purchases I made online from various places of the world, a couple are bags from US, wallets, none are held at the custom (although 1 particular parcel of tiara got lost somewhere in between China & Malaysia) or got tax charged to it. Most of the time, it’s labelled as Gift. From the online marketing seminar that I attended, this is one of the way to escape tax ;p another is to declare as ‘Sample’ or low value of the item.

    But a friend of mine did have a bad experience of buying mobile phone from Germany where she got taxed for it even though her mom is somebody higher up in the IRS chain (come to think of it Custom & IRS got nothing to do with each other :p)

  10. Comment by rafizah — October 21, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    pls. help me anyone know which shipping company to use to ship my item from us to malaysia. i bought an item via online and the shipping charges by air is very expensive.

  11. Comment by sun — November 11, 2012 @ 11:26 pm

    hi there,

    i came across your post while researching on shipping from US to MY too but it seems like it’s a bit outdated now. not sure if what you mentioned above still applies?

    i haven’t really bought anything from the US before, but my hubby has sent a couple of things from california to malaysia – 1 item was received (it was some luggage locks) and 1 more was a branded t-shirt but was never received. both are to family/friend so they were labeled as gifts. i don’t think he used registered mails.

    i just wonder if the size of the package has anything to do with the Custom taxes. will they be more “suspicious” with big items that they hold the shipment and less so for small packages?

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