The Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Ministry has made it clear that Malaysia does not impose restrictions on the importation of fish from any country.
The Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia (LKIM) today stressed that an approved permit (AP) from the ministry is not a prerequisite for fish importers.
“Anyone who is qualified and fulfills the requirements can become an importer.
“However, to safeguard the people’s food security, importers must fulfill certain requirements as stated in the import permit application form issued by the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Service (MAQIS) for any import and export activity using the country’s entry and departure gates in Peninsular Malaysia and Labuan.
“Importers must also get an LKIM import license and wholesale (private premises) license before getting an import permit from Maqis.
“For import or export activities using entry and departure gates in Sabah and Sarawak, applications must be made via LKIM, and are subject to conditions,” it said in a statement today.
LKIM also listed some general conditions for fish importers, including that they must be Malaysian to import fresh, live and frozen or processed fish.
Their companies must also be registered in Malaysia, and they must have their own wholesale private premises permit.