MITI Grants Exemptions to Certain Manufacturing Sectors to Continue Manufacturing Operations During Movement Control Order

Breaking News : CCIFM Input on Covid -19 : MITI Grants Exemptions to Certain Manufacturing Sectors to Continue Manufacturing Operations

Kuala Lumpur, 19 March 2020 - As we are aware, the Government has announced that the Movement Control Order is in force  until March 31, 2020. It aims to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from becoming more serious and widespread. However, to reduce disruption to the supply chain, particularly food and other critical needs, the Government through MITI has held a trade session with the industry, and other stakeholders to consider the approval of allowing the operation of the manufacturing industry to be identified as critical.

Accordingly, in accordance with the Government's decision announced by the National Security Council on March 18, 2020, the Government has agreed to grant exemptions to certain manufacturing sectors that manufacture critical products to continue manufacturing operations for the period 18 to 31 March 2020. List the sector is as in Appendix A. However, companies wishing to operate must comply with the requirements set by the Government as in Appendix B.

To ensure that only qualified companies will operate during the Movement Control Order, the relevant Industry Association / Chamber of Commerce is required to inform the eligible companies to apply. 

Any questions regarding the application can be emailed to:

The Government has emphasize that this approval can be revoked and revoked, provided the conditions are not met by the industry. In addition, if the Government needs to ensure sufficient local supply, companies will have to comply with these directives.

OFFICIAL LETTER FROM MITI with the List of Critical Activities/Sectors allowed to Operate under special terms and conditions & APPLICATION FORM 

The Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI) and its Agencies are Here to Assist You

The Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI) and its Agencies will operate remotely during the 14-day Restricted Movement Order from 18 to 31 March 2020.

However, essential services will still be delivered through conventional means. These services include the endorsement of Certificates of Origin (COO), which will be done physically at Menara MITI, from 9am to 1pm daily, except on weekends. All other services such as applications for Approved Permit (AP), Strategic Trade Act (STA) permit, grant, loan and other relevant facilities will be done via digital means.

This move is consequent to the announcement on Restricted Movement Order made by the Right Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tan Sri Dato’ Hj. Muhyiddin bin Hj. Mohd. Yassin, last night.

The Malaysian business community and industry players are encouraged to reach out to MITI and Agencies through our official Facebook page, ‘MITI & Agencies Hotline’ group page, and via Whatsapp at +6012-6072750 to seek any clarification on issues pertaining to industries, trade and investment.

MITI will remain committed to facilitating industry players in mitigating the challenges that may arise during this Restricted Movement period. For more information, please email to View MITI Press Release 

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