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1. Posted by sofe1978 (Respected Member 126 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!


I wonder if anyone knows if postage in Malaysia is cheaper than in Thailand?

I went to post a 9kg package home to the UK the other day and nearly fell on my feet when I realised it would cost £40 to do so by ship. Maybe I am being a bit tight but I am comparing this to Vietnam where it only cost me $40US to send the same sized package so this seems very high.

I am off to Malaysia in about a month so will have the opportunity to post the package from KL but wonder if it is cheaper there? I'll kick myself if I get there and it's even more!

If anyone has any idea on costs that would be fab


2. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi Sophie,

Here are the rates for a 9kg parcel obtained from Pos Malaysia.

International Surface Parcel
MYR 71.30 (approx £12.50)
Delivery: At least a month, and subject to availability of vessel to the UK

International Air Parcel
MYR 340.50 (approx £58.50)
Delivery: 10 days

International EMS (Express Mail Service) - branded locally as Poslaju (equivalent to Royal Mail's ParcelForce)
MYR 355.00 (approx £61.00)
Delivery: 2-3 days

EMS has a very high starting rate, but becomes more value for money when the weight increases. Check the website for a detailed breakdown on how each final price is derived.

The delivery times are the times it takes to arrive in the UK port/airport and is subject to customs clearance. HM Revenue & Customs impose customs duty/excise duty/import VAT on virtually any goods (including personal items, used or not) that comes in. (See HMRC - Notice 143: A guide for international post users) Based on my experience, the total value of the parcel includes both the value declared and the postage. So if the delivery is not urgent, I'd recommend sending by surface mail and put a low declaration value (if it's your used personal items).

3. Posted by sofe1978 (Respected Member 126 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Thank you so much Hien I will hold onto my parcel as the rates are much lower there than in Bangkok, I'm glad I checked now!
I only want the cheapest and slowest one so that rate is very very good, even better than Vietnam.

Intersting point about the HM Custom & Excise, I have now sent 4 parcels home and as far as I know none have been stopped so I'll keep hoping things go that way. To be honest though it's mainly materials from the places I've been to and cheap ones at that so I don't think they would worry too much about that.

Thanks again for your help

Sophie :)