US$ 1,175.2mn
FDI inflows into India from April 2000 to March 2023

US$ 19.89 bn

is bilateral trade value in 2022-2023

Overseas Indians living in Malaysia

Fast Growing Economy

GDP growth rate of 4.5%

Palm oil

Malaysia is the world’s second largest producer and exporter of palm oil, after Indonesia

Natural resources

rich in crude oil, natural gas, tin, timber, palm oil, rubber

Human Resources

Government's emphasis on human resource development ensures continuous supply of manpower to meet the needs of the expanding manufacturing and services sectors

Investment opportunities

in oil & gas, advanced electronics manufacturing, R&D, biotechnology, photonics, logistics, design, innovation and a highly automated manufacturing sector


Malaysia is the 27th most competitive nation in the world out of 140 countries ranked in the Global Competitiveness Report 2018 published by the World Economic Forum

India's Exports and Imports to Malaysia

Country / Region:  MALAYSIA

S.No. \Year 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023
1. EXPORT 6,436.30 6,364.66 6,057.68 6,995.04 7,156.16
2. %Growth -1.11 -4.82 15.47 2.30
3. India’s Total Export 330,078.09 313,361.04 291,808.48 422,004.40 450,958.43
4. %Growth -5.06 -6.88 44.62 6.86
5. %Share 1.95 2.03 2.08 1.66 1.59
6. IMPORT 10,818.60 9,782.28 8,373.05 12,424.20 12,734.94
7. %Growth -9.58 -14.41 48.38 2.50
8. India’s Total Import 514,078.42 474,709.28 394,435.88 613,052.05 714,042.45
9. %Growth -7.66 -16.91 55.43 16.47
10. %Share 2.10 2.06 2.12 2.03 1.78
11. TOTAL TRADE 17,254.90 16,146.94 14,430.73 19,419.24 19,891.11
12. %Growth -6.42 -10.63 34.57 2.43
13. India’s Total Trade 844,156.51 788,070.32 686,244.36 1,035,056.45 1,165,000.88
14. %Growth -6.64 -12.92 50.83 12.55
15. %Share 2.04 2.05 2.10 1.88 1.71
16. TRADE BALANCE -4,382.31 -3,417.62 -2,315.38 -5,429.16 -5,578.78
17. India’s Trade Balance -184,000.33 -161,348.24 -102,627.40 -191,047.65 -263,084.03

Malaysia Ministry of International Trade and Industry


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Menara MITI, No. 7, Jalan Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Malaysia India Business Council


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Malaysia India Business Council, Jalan Yong Shook Lin, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia 46050

The Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry


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JKR 3190, Jalan Ledang off Jalan Duta 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

High Commission of India, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Level 28, Menara 1 Mon’t Kiara,
No. 1, Jalan Mon’t Kiara, 50480, Kuala Lumpur


Agricultural exports

    Beer made from malt (220300)
    Spirits obt. by distilling grape wine/grape marc (220820)
    Whiskies (220830)
    Wine other than sparkling wine of fresh grapes, incl. fortified; grape must with fermentation prevented/arrested by the addition of alcohol, in containters of 2 l/less (220421)

    Cuts & edible offal of species Gallus domesticus, frozen (020714)
    Meat of bovine animals, frozen, boneless (020230)
    Meat of sheep (excl. lamb & carcasses), frozen, bone-in (020442)

    Sugar confectionery other than chewing gum (incl. white chocolate), not con … (170490)
    Sweet biscuits (190531)

    Durum wheat: seed (100111)
    Groats/meal of wheat (110311)
    Maize (corn), other than seed (100590)
    Maize (corn), seed (100510)
    Malt extract; oth. food preps. of flour/groats/meal/starch/malt extact [see … (190190)
    Semi-milled/wholly milled rice, whether or not polished/glazed (100630)

    Cocoa beans, whole/broken, raw/roasted (180100)
    Cocoa paste, not defatted (180310)
    Cocoa paste, wholly/partly defatted (180320)

    Fats & oils derived from milk, other than butter & dairy spreads (040590)
    Milk in powder/granules/oth. solid form, fat content by wt. not >1.5% (040210)
    Milk in powder/granules/oth. solid form, unsweetened, fat content by wt. >1 … (040221)
    Processed cheese, not grated/powdered (040630)

    Pasta (excl. of 1902.11-1902.20) (190230)

    Food preps., n.e.s. (210690)
    Preparations for infant use, put up for RS (190110)
    Sauces & preps. therefor, n.e.s.; mixed condiments & mixed seasonings, n.e. … (210390)
    Whey & modified whey, whether or not concentrated/sweetened (040410)

    Apples, fresh (080810)
    Cabbages, kohlrabi, kale & sim. edible brassicas (excl. cauliflowers, heade … (070490)
    Cauliflowers & headed broccoli, fresh/chilled (070410)
    Dates, fresh/dried (080410)
    Fruits of the genera Capsicum/Pimenta, fresh/chilled (070960)
    Garlic, fresh/chilled (070320)
    Grapes, fresh (080610)
    Manioc (cassava) starch (110814)
    Onions & shallots, fresh/chilled (070310)
    Oranges, fresh/dried (080510)
    OTHER CANE SUGAR: (170114)
    Potatoes other than seed potatoes, fresh/chilled (070190)
    Potatoes, prepd./presvd. othw. than by vinegar/acetic acid, frozen, other t … (200410)

    Crustaceans; frozen, shrimps and prawns, exclusing cold water varieties, in shell or not, smoked, cooked or notbefore or during smoking; in shell, cooked by steaming or by boiling in water (030617)
    Fish; fresh or chilled, n.e.c. in heading 0302, excluding fillet, liver, roes and other fish meat of heading 0304 (030289)
    Fish; frozen, mackerel (Scomber scombrus, Scomber australasicus, Scomber japonicus), excluding fillets, livers, heading 0304 (030354)
    Fish; frozen, n.e.c. in heading 0303, excluding fillets, livers, roes and other fish meat of heading 0304 (030389)
    Molluscs; cuttle fish and squid, whether in shell or not, frozen, dried, salted, in brine, or smoked, cooked or not before or during the smoking process (030749)
Employment Opportunities

*Information subject to changes amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

There’s a plethora of opportunities in Malaysia’s rapidly-growing economy. However, Malaysian Government does not promote employing expatriates.

Malaysia has one of the largest communities of Persons of Indian Origin in the world, numbering around 2.9 million (about 9-10% of Malaysia’s population). There are around 2987950 Indian expatriates, both skilled and unskilled. Additionally, about 2,000 Indian students are studying in Malaysia while an estimated 8,000 Malaysian students are studying in India.

Immigration Department Malaysia:

More Info: Employment Pass Employment Approval Procedure Visitor’s Pass (Temporary Employment)

    Public and private infrastructure building, maintenance

    Malaysia’s construction industry is expected to expand at a CAGR of 4.7% over 2019-24. Construction of civic infrastructure and connectivity projects has been supported by foreign workers at different levels in Malaysia.

    Malaysian Investment Development AuthorityForeign Workers Levy

    Conventional energy, power utilities and renewable energy jobs

    Apart from the rising capabilities in conventional fuels, the Malaysian Government is keen on augmenting the renewable energy sector. Energy utilities, from conventional to renewables, in Malaysia draw foreign workers with varied capabilities.

    Malaysia Petroleum Resources CorporationForeign Workers Levy

    Tax, accounting, banking, insurance, audit and other financial services

    The financial services sector in Malaysia is coming up rapidly owing to digitisation of banking and other financial services enterprises. Financial services in Malaysia are supported by foreign workers at different capacities.

    Bank Negara MalaysiaForeign Workers Levy

    Software, hardware, new technology

    Spending on technology products and services in Malaysia is estimated to reach US$15.5 billion in 2019, as per Gartner. The IT and ICT infrastructure in Malaysia has been set up and is supported by foreign workers.

    Malaysia Digital Economy CorporationForeign Workers Levy

    Operational management, sales and marketing

    The steady growth in the Malaysian economy has called for expert solutions in marketing and management to maximise opportunities. Activities related to marketing and management spanning a range of sectors in Malaysia involve foreign workforce.

    Malaysian Investment Development AuthorityForeign Workers Levy

    Upstream oil and gas sector staffing

    Nearly 40% of Malaysia’s revenue comes from oil and gas export. Malaysia’s oil and gas exploration sector is a major employer and strength for the economy.

    Malaysia Petroleum Resources CorporationForeign Workers Levy

    Faculty positions up to uninversity

    Malaysia invests around 20% of the annual budget in strengthening the education system, according to the World Bank. The education sector in Malaysia, ranging from schools to universities, draw foreign teaching staff from different disciplines.

    Ministry of Education MalaysiaForeign Workers Levy

Priority Sectors

Here are the leading sectors of opportunities for foreign investors

Top Import/ Export Items

India's top import from Malaysia
  • Palm oil
  • Petroleum
  • Electronic goods
  • Wood and wood products
  • Organic chemicals
  • Manmade fabrics
  • Spun yarn
  • Non-ferrous metals
India's top export to Malaysia
  • Food items
  • Beverages
  • Tobacco
  • Crude materials
  • Chemicals
  • Animal and vegetable oils
  • Manufactured goods

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