Air and sea freight

Sea freight can arrive within two months from Europe and within weeks from other Asian countries as Bintulu is a major container port. Sea freight comes via Singapore or Kuala Lumpur. On arrival the container is sometimes opened and examined by customs with the owner of the goods and usually the representative of the local mover being present. To cover the first period without your sea freight, we would like to recommend what to put in your air freight. Of course this is very personal, but in general it is useful to bring: hobby material, toys for children, your favorite music (and portable CD player), PC , plenty of books for yourself and the kids, and your coffee maker.

Attention: you may need to meet special requirements for certain goods like:

  • Alcohol is subject to high duties/taxes in Malaysia, varying from 150% to 250% of the estimated value of goods.
  • Plants: you must get approval from the Ministry of Agriculture and need to be sent as a separate shipment.
  • Pets: require health certificate or veterinarian certificate from origin country. Need details to apply import permit.
  • Prohibited importation including
    • Narcotics, drugs
    • Goods of South African or Israeli origin
    • Obscene and pornographic materials
    • Daggers and flick-knives

Bring from home list

What people bring from their home country after a home leave.

It is all very personal, but it may be helpful to know. Most goods can be found in Kuala Lumpur, Miri, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu or ordered from Australia.

Please contact us if you want to know the availability of any products!


  • Books and children’s books or magazines in your own language.
  • Good quality (bigger) toys (Lego, Duplo, Fisher Price, Knexx etc)
  • Active toys for children (pedal cars, good quality bikes or bikes with back pedal brakes)
  • Kid’s DVD’s in your own language. (English spoken widely available eg Disney movies)
  • CD’s (specialised music difficult to find)
  • Shoes over size 8 (39-40) (women) and 9 (41-42) (men) (quality and wide fitting)
  • Children’s and adult leather shoes/sandals
  • Bra’s (larger sizes and unpadded), underwear, socks (100% cotton)
  • Clothes (100% cotton and larger sizes)
  • Homeopathic medicines
  • Vacuum cleaner bags for your brand of vacuum cleaner
  • Decafe (sometimes available)

On arrival

It is possible to fly from Kuala Lumpur to Bintulu with Air Asia and Malaysia Airlines/MAS several times a day. At Bintulu Airport, normal and large capacity taxies are available and you need to buy a coupon to take a taxi, or you can pre arrange a rental car. It takes about 30 minutes from Bintulu Airport to the city center. You usually stay at a hotel for the first several weeks arranged by HR as a temporary housing, then you can move to a permanent house or apartment later.

Outpost can provide some supports if there is a need on the arrival day. Once contacted, Outpost can also show you around the city and provide you some basic information about living in Bintulu.

Outpost Bintulu

Office hours: by appointment
Languages: English, Dutch, Hungarian & German
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