Welcome to Malaysia. This business-friendly country already has close ties with New Zealand. It’s home to a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural community with strong Muslim influences existing alongside a love of all things Western.
Malaysia has one of the strongest economic records in South East Asia and is a great target market for New Zealand businesses. To find out more about this exciting market, including sector-specific opportunities, download our Malaysia market guide on this page.
Here's a snapshot - you can find more detailed data in our guide.
|Export market ranking||NZ's 13th largest export market (20161)|
|Free trade agreements||AANZFTA, NZ-Malaysia FTA|
|Ease of Doing Business ranking2||23 of 190|
|Corruption Perceptions Index ranking3||52 of 176|
Getting to Malaysia
Travel between New Zealand and Malaysia is easy, with regularly scheduled direct flights from Malaysian Airlines into Kuala Lumpur. Flying time is around 11 hours.
When to visit
The rainy season in Malaysia depends on which coast you’re visiting, but as a rule everywhere is good between March and October. It’s also a good idea to familiarise yourself with Malaysia’s national holidays, as some businesses may close during these times.
Before you go, check Safe Travel for travel advisories on Malaysia.
Malaysian people will generally only do business with people they know and like. This means your best bet is to do some research into local customs and practices so that you make the right first impression and build a strong relationship.
You’ll find plenty of cultural information to help you in our guide on this page.
Working in-marketGetting the most out of your visit means hitting the ground running. Co-working is an excellent option if you’re staying put for more than a few days. Facilities vary, but typically you can expect a desk, and access to wifi, printer / scanner, tea / coffee and a lounge area. Some facilities may offer extended perks such as parking and on-site cafes. If you’re visiting the market solo, it also means the chance to work in the company of other like-minded business people and freelancers. Co-working spaces can be searched by city on Nomad List.
Connect with NZTE in Malaysia
If you’re an NZTE customer and preparing to visit Malaysia, please get in touch with your Customer Manager to discuss your plans and possible areas of assistance. If you don’t have a Customer Manager, contact our Advisor Team for more information.
New Zealand's relationship with Malaysia
If you're looking for more information about our trade and diplomatic relationship with Malaysia, take a look at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. Their Malaysia page is packed with information, including a list of embassies and details of recent official visits.