THE Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry said today there was no restriction on the import of fish from any country.
The Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia (LKIM) said in a statement that any eligible individual who adhered to the conditions could be an importer.
It said the ministry had never issued any fish import permits.
LKIM said that to ensure food safety, importers must comply with the conditions in the applications for the import permit issued by the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services (Maqis) for imports/exports via entry/exit points in peninsular Malaysia and the federal territory of Labuan.
Importers also need to obtain LKIM import licences and wholesale (private premises) licences prior to obtaining Maqis import permits, it said.
LKIM said that for imports/exports through entry/exit points in Sabah and Sarawak, applications must be made through LKIM and are subject to the stipulated conditions.
It said among the general conditions for the import of fish – fresh, live and frozen/processed – was that the applicant must be a Malaysian citizen and the applicant’s company must be registered in Malaysia and have a wholesale (private premises) licence.
Information on the application for fish import licence can be obtained from the websites www.maqis.gov.my and elesen.lkim.gov.my.
LKIM said applications from transport agents or forwarding agents for fish import/export licences would not be considered. – Bernama, June 13, 2018.