1.     GOAL


·        To reduce the risk of introduction / incursion of pests and diseases including noxious weeds from overseas into Sabah.

·        To control the movement of plants, contain and eradicate the dangerous pests and diseases or invasive weeds wherever possible when an outbreaks happened.

·        To enforce the Tagging System in a manner of traceability in monitoring the Good Agricultural Practices for safe Food production (Vegetables and Fruits) for export.




Department of Agriculture (DOA) Sabah through Plant Biosecurity and Quarantine Section provides services as followings;

·        Issuance of Import Permit

·        Issuance of Phytosanitary Certificates

·        Issuance of Consign Matters

·        Export license

·        Treatments




3.1       Import Permit (IP)


Importers whom wish to bring in plants, plant products and Regulated Articles from abroad, Peninsular Malaysia, Labuan or Sarawak;


·        An Import Permit shall be obtained from DOA director prior to importation.

·        Importer to fill in an application form which can be obtained from DOA Headquarters Kota Kinabalu or any district Agriculture offices or download from this website under Form and application.

·        Application must be submitted to DOA Director for approval.

·        Approval may takes four (4) working days from the date of received of a complete application form.

·        A fee of RM15.00 is chargeable for each Permit issued for each consignment. IP valid for 3 month from the date of issued.

·        For an outstation customer, the form can be sent via post as per address in the form together with postal order amounting RM15.00 (payable to Kementerian Pembangunan  Pertanian dan Industri Makanan)

·        The importer should send a copy of the approved IP to the exporter in the exporting country and shall comply to the import conditions stated in the IP.

·        Every consignment must be accompanied with a valid Phytosanitary Certificates issued by the authority of the exporting country not more than 14 days prior to departure.

·        All consignment must be declared free from soil and dangerous pests.

·        Importation of consignment from a High Risk Country like Western Africa (African Cocoa region) and American Tropic require a special conditions.

·        All Consignment (Plant/ Plant Product/ Regulated Articles) are subject to inspection at the Point of Entry upon arrival.

·        Violation to any provisions under Plant Quarantine Act 1976 (Act 167) and Plant Quarantine Regulations 1981 upon conviction are subjected to penalty not exceeding RM10,000.00 or imprisonment not more than two (2) years or both.


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3.2       Exporting Procedures


·        Exporters should  obtain a copy of an IP from the importing country and understand the phytosanitary requirements being enforced in that country.

·        Exporters to ensure all plant / consignment meet the phytosanitary requirements of the importing country and if necessary, bring the plant / consignment to the Plant Biosecurity and Quarantine Section for further action.

·        Please seek for advice from the DOA Sabah (Plant Biosecurity and Quarantine Section) whether the plant required any CITES permit (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) or export license.


3.3       Phytosanitary Certificate


·        Exporter to complete the application form which can be obtained either from DOA Headquarters or from the relevant district. There are four Phytosanitary Certificates (PC) issuance district in Sabah which is DOA Headquarters in Kota Kinabalu, DOA Tawau, DOA Sandakan and DOA Lahad Datu, Sabah.

·        A complete application form should be attached with supporting document such as Treatment (Fumigation / Heat Treatment) certificate, Bill of Lading (BL), Forestry Export Licence for Logs and Timber product and any other relevant document.

·        Approval may takes four (4) working days from the date of received of a complete application form.

·        A minimum fee of RM20.00 (without treatment) or RM40.00 (with treatment) is chargeable for each PC. The charge may varies depending on the consignment volume and inspection rate.

·        A consignment shall leave the Port of export (exporting country) within 14 days from the date of PC issuance in accordance to the ISPM no. 12 (International Standards on Phytosanitary Measures).


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3.4       Consignment Matters


·        Consignment Matters is a document (in replacement of PC) needed for export vegetables and fruits to Brunei Darussalam and Sarawak only.

·        Exporters of vegetables and fruits can apply for a Consignment Matters from DOA Headquarters Kota Kinabalu or DOA Sipitang or DOA Kuala Penyu.

·        All vegetables and fruits  to be exported are subjected to approval from Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) and DOA Sabah.

·        Packing and labeling of export product shall comply to a Grading, Packaging and Labeling (GPL) of FAMA.

·        Each box/ packing of vegetables or fruits should be labeled with the correct label / tag (tagging system) that content the exporter’s/ supplier’s information including the weight of product.

·        A fee of RM20.00 is chargeable to every Consignment Matters. (Minimum fees of RM5.00 to RM20.00 per document was revised in 2017)

·        A Consignment matters is valid on the day  of it issuance only.


3.5       Tagging System


·        Tagging system was created by DOA Sabah as a preventive measure in monitoring the farmers / producer to apply Good Agricultural Practices for safe Food production (Vegetables and Fruits) for export. Its ensures the traceability and keep farmers to maintain low/ minimal residue level in their food product.

·        Farmers can apply to join the Tagging System through their respective district Agriculture office.

·        Sampling (sample of vegetables / fruits) shall be sent to DOA Laboratory in Agriculture Research Centre (ARC) Tuaran for Minimum Resedue Level (MRL) screening for at least three times. Additional sampling may be required if MRL does not meet the requirement.

·        Once screening is passed, the farmer will then be given a tagging number used to be quoted in their export product.

·        Eligible farmer / exporter  can be obtain the Tagging label (stickers) for export of vegetables and fruits to Brunei Darussalam and Sarawak from DOA Headquarters at the rate of RM10.00 per book (100 pcs. per book).

·        Exporters must make sure that all the vegetables and fruits bound for export to be packed nicely and labeled accordingly.



Any inquiries, please contact or write to,


Assistant Director of Agriculture,

Plant Biosecurity and Quarantine Section,

Department of Agriculture Headquarters,

Ministry of Agriculture Building,

Locked Bag No. 2050,




Tel: +60 – 88283268 / 88283264

Fax: +60 – 88283287