Map of Malaysia

Country Profile


Map of MalaysiaMalaysia is an influential member of ASEAN, with a history of close and friendly links with New Zealand, stemming from Commonwealth ties, the Colombo Plan and shared security concerns.
Malaysia was successful in diversifying its economy from dependence on exports of raw materials to the development of manufacturing, services, and tourism. Prime Minister Mohamed NAJIB bin Abdul Razak (in office since April 2009) has continued these pro-business policies and has introduced some civil reforms. Malaysia coat of arms

Trade, Services and Investment

Malaysia is NZ’s second largest trade partner in ASEAN and its eighth largest overall trading partner. In addition to the AANZFTA, New Zealand and Malaysia have a bilateral FTA (in force since 2010). These all provide for a strong base for further growth in goods and services trade and investment.

Education, Tourism and Air Links are all strong and well established between the two countries.

Country Statistics

Constitutional: Constitutional monarchy
Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Head of State:  King Tuanku ABDUL HALIM Mu’adzam Shah (2012)
Prime Minister:  Mohamed NAJIB bin Abdul Najib Razak (2009)
Population:  30,073,353 (July 2014 est.)
GDP (PPP):  US$525 billion (2013 est.)
GDP per capita:  US$17,500 (2013 est.)
Total Export Trade:  US$230.7 billion (2013 est.)
Main Exports;  semiconductors and electronic equipment, palm oil, petroleum and liquefied natural gas, wood and wood products, palm oil, rubber, textiles, chemicals, solar panels
Total Import Trade:  US$192.9 billion (2013 est.)
Main Imports:  Electronics, machinery, petroleum products, plastics, vehicles, iron and steel products, chemicals

Exports to NZ
NZ$ 2,026 million (2013 est.)

Main export to NZ
Petroleum oils, electronics, oil cake, palm oil

Imports from NZ
NZ$ 911 million (2013 est.)

Main Imports from NZ
Dairy, Petroleum oils, Meat, Forestry

Total FDI
US$ 12,297million (2013 est.)

Trade agreement(s) with NZ

ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA (AANZFTA) Agreement
Malaysia New Zealand FTA

Quick Links

Latest Currency Converter (Malaysian Ringgit):

Tariff Finder:

NZ Government Travel Advice:

ANZBC Malaysia Chapter Chair:

Doing Business with ASEAN – Malaysia

NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Malaysia:

NZTE Market Information:

Latest monthly trade with NZ:

Trade by Commodity:

Trade with ASEAN:

Malaysia’s Embassy in NZ

High Commission for Malaysia, Wellington:  

Malaysia’s trade office in Australia

Consulate of Malaysia: (Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation), Sydney:

NZ Head of Mission in Malaysia

New Zealand High Commission Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:

The New Zealand High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur is accredited to Brunei Darussalam

NZ Trade Office in Malaysia
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Malaysia

Malaysia’s National Newspaper:

Malaysia International Trade:

Malaysia Investment Development Authority:

Malaysia Tourism Website;

Government of Malaysia;

List of Import/Export companies in Malaysia:

Economic Planning Unit:

Malaysia New Zealand Chamber of Commerce:

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