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Background Sistem Maklumat Kastam (“SMK”) is Malaysia’s current operating system for customs declaration for import and export of goods. In a modernising initiative, the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (“Customs”) is seeking to replace the SMK with the Ubiquitous Customs system, otherwise known as the uCustoms: a single-window, fully integrated, end-to-end system for customs clearance procedures. The uCustoms has been in the works for a number of years and as it progresses towards completion, we are…

Background Under the administration of the new Malaysian government, the following rounds of legislative amendments have been effected to the Malaysian Customs Act 1967 (“the Act”): the Customs (Amendment) Act 2018 which was gazetted on 28 August 2018 and entered into force on 1 September 2018; the Customs (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 2018 which was gazetted on 28 December 2018 and recently entered into force on 2 January 2019 (together, the “Amending Acts”). Key Changes…

CPTPP, Malaysia, ASEAN, CPTPP, TPP-11, TPPFollowing the unexpected victory of the Mahathir-led coalition party in the Malaysian general elections in May 2018, the 60-year uninterrupted rule of the Barisan National came to a historical halt, ending with it many policies and initiatives previously undertaken by the Najib-led administration. In the firing line, stood the CPTPP, in respect of which Mahathir had briefly announced in early June 2018 the potential need for Malaysian to review its participation in the same during his maiden visit to Japan after taking office as the premier, citing the need to consider the terms of the CPTPP vis-a-vis ‘the level of development of a country’. The months ensuing the no less than ambiguous statement saw critics from both flanks voicing their sentiments on the CPTPP whilst Malaysia’s participation in the same remains uncertain.