Free duty (non-dutiable) goods in Malaysia

I want to get myself a Panasonic HDC-TM700K High Definition Camcorder. I can get it from B&H Photo Video Pro Audio which import from US. Or get it locally in Malaysia. The US version is 1920 x 1080p x 60fps while Malaysia version is 1920 x 1080p x 50fps. I prefer 60fps version. But Panasonic HDC-TM700K only provides US warranty and no international warranty like Canon. However, the US price is attractive at USD 863.80 (RM RM2779.28) including shipping fee which Malaysia is priced at RM3500. Around RM 700 different. And does it dutiable when imported back to Malaysia? I searched around Royal Malaysian Customs Department website and found these below…

Non-dutiable goods include:

  • Fountain Pen.
  • Cigarette Lighters (except of plastic).
  • Printed books, newspapers, magazines and journals.
  • Perfumes.
  • Cosmetics (except face powder) and skin-care products like lipsticks, eye shadows, moisturizing cream, skin tonics.
  • Manicure products like nail polisher and nail varnish.
  • Carpets of jute.
  • Portable radio equipped with recorder and sound reproducers (weighing not more than 10 kg., with handles / straps and AC/DC powered).
  • Pocket watches, wrist watches and table / wall clocks.
  • Photo cameras, camera flashbulbs, camera flashbulb equipments and film rolls.
  • Cinematographic cameras, projectors, sound recorders and sound reproducers, for films of less than 16 mm width including cameras for double 8 mm film.
  • Video cameras / television cameras
  • Pocket calculators.
  • Shillings / Gold bar.
  • Computer.
  • Fishing equipments (e.g. Fishing rods, Fish hooks etc.)
  • Golf clubs (complete).
  • Racquets (Tennis, Badminton and the like)
  • All sorts of balls except golf balls.
  • All musical instruments (excluding upright piano)
  • Leather shoes
  • Leather bags including wallets and leather hand bags
  • Video tapes (empty or recorded)

Yeah… Video camera is one of the non-dutiable goods. Now back to the question ~ should I get US version without international warranty?

via: Royal Malaysian Customs Department

  • I’m looking at the exactly same stuff. The B&H’s price is not USD863.80 but USD874 plus USD61.91 UPS shipping.

    Anyway, it’s still cheap. Can’t decide yet, should i place an order at B&H.

    • It should be replaced by TM900 already. Anyway, I brought mine at PC fair locally last year.

      • What’s the price? I just paid for HDC-SD90 instead of 900 on lelong.com.my. My wife prefers a compact camcorder.

        • RM3188. It bundle some accessories like case, memory cards, battery, tripod…

  • mikko

    I am coming to Malesia from Thailand.

    I looking Nikon d7000 with 18-105 lens, maybe 4-5 pieces.

    Where find the good prices and waranty.