The Government will introduce the world’s first Digital Free Trade Zone outside of China. It will merge physical and virtual zones, with additional online and digital services to facilitate international eCommerce and invigorate internet-based innovation.

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad
Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak


Oct 2016

MDEC presents DFTZ to YAB Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the Malaysia Implementation Council Meeting.

Oct 2016

YAB Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announces the introduction of DFTZ during Budget 2017.

Nov 2016

Jack Ma appointed as the Malaysian government's digital economy adviser.


Mar 2017

Selection process for SMEs to get onboard.

Aug 2017

More than 1,500 at various stages of the SME onboarding.

Oct 2017

SMEs are introduced and trained to setup their business & mini site on

Nov 2017

DFTZ goes live. First batch of shipment begins.


Enable Malaysian SMEs to expand their business and export globally.

Position Malaysia as a regional hub for eCommerce logistics and the preferred gateway of choice for global brands and marketplaces into ASEAN.


Key Benefits

Integrated export and import customs declaration

DFTZ integrates with key systems operated by the many ministries and agencies within Government of Malaysia to ensure a seamless, integrated, and paperless process for trade customs declarations.

Big Data Analysis

DFTZ’s eServices Platform, enhanced with big data analytics and algorithms, to provide stakeholders with detailed view of transactions and goods movement, allowing decision makers to identify further areas for improvement and action.

Seamless Funds Management

Online and secure cash management which includes foreign exchange and settlement of exchange through a unified platform.

Border Clearance Process Improvement Initiatives

DFTZ Process Improvement Taskforce represented by relevant stakeholders in border clearance processes are continuously implementing initiatives to reduce the time of service level agreement (SLA) from 6 hours to 3 hours.

Expected Outcome

  1. Double SME’s goods export growth rate to USD 38 billion by 2025.
  2. Create 60,000 Malaysian jobs by 2025.
  3. Facilitate USD 65 billion worth of traded goods by 2025.

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