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Doing Business in Malaysia
 

Exporting to Malaysia

U.S. embassies are committed to supporting U.S. companies to start exporting or grow their exports to Malaysia. In this section, you’ll find an quick description of Malaysia as an export market and some suggestions for getting started.

Getting Started

1. Visit the export.gov page on Malaysia to get an overview of economic conditions and opportunities.  Access the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library containing more than 100,000 industry and country-specific market reports, authored by our specialists working.  

The Library Includes: 

  • Country Commercial Guides (read latest “Doing Business In” guides)
  • Industry Overviews*
  • Market Updates*
  • Multilateral Development Bank Reports*
  • Best Markets*
  • Industry/Regional Reports*

2. Contact your local U.S. Export Assistance Center for advice and support on exporting to Malaysia.  Contact a Trade Speacialist Near You (http://export.gov/eac/index/asp). 

3. Contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDCs). Starting a business can be a challenge, but there is help for you in your area.  Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are partnerships primarily between the government and colleges/universities administered by the Small Business Administration and aim at giving educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. 

4. Contact us. 

Investing in Malaysia

This section provides information for current and potential investors in Malaysia.

Potential investors: Getting Started. 

If you are considering investment in Malaysia, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:

  • Register with the U.S. Embassy – If you are planning a visit to consider investment, let us know by sending an email to the contact addresses on this page.
  • Visit host country resources, such as the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA).

Current investors: Staying Connected.

If you are a current U.S. investor in Malaysia, the U.S Embassy wants to stay in touch. Here are a few steps you can take to keep the channels of communication open:

  • Register with the U.S. Embassy – If you are active in Malaysia, let us know by sending an email to the contact addresses on this page.
  • Add us to your mailing lists – we are always happy to stay informed
  • Subscribe to our embassy Facebook page or Twitter feed
  • Set up a meeting with our economic or commercial team to discuss any issues that arise

Visiting Malaysia on Business and Working in Malaysia

In this section you will find information on business visas, travel advisories, and anti-corruption laws.

Business Visas

For information on obtaining a visa to visit Malaysia, visit the Malaysian Foreign Ministry website

Travel Advisories

Make sure to check the current State Department travel advisory http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html for Malaysia

FCPA

United States persons should be aware of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), which prohibits promising, offering, giving or authorizing giving anything of value to a foreign government official where the purpose is to obtain or retain business.  These prohibitions apply to U.S. persons, both individuals and companies, and companies that are listed on U.S. exchanges. The statute also requires companies publicly traded in the U.S. to keep accurate books and records and implement appropriate internal controls.   

More information on the FCPA can be found here:  http://www.fcpa.us/

A party to a transaction seeking to know whether a proposed course of conduct would violate the FCPA can take advantage of the opinion procedure established by the statue.  Within 30 days of receiving a description of a proposed course of conduct in writing, the Attorney General will provide the party with a written opinion on whether the proposed conduct would violate the FCPA.  Not only do opinions provide the requesting party with a rebuttable presumption that the conduct does not violate the FCPA, but DOJ publishes past opinions which can provide guidance for other companies facing similar situations.

More information on the DOJ opinion procedure can be found here:http://www.morganlewis.com/documents/fcpa/
FCPAOpinionProcedureReleases.pdf

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