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How to Use HS Code in Malaysia

by Peter Marah

HS code is a four-digit code introduced in 1976 to indicate the nature of a product. It was introduced as an addition to the Food Standard Code (FSC), which is a set of regulations for food production and consumption within specified limits. The four digits in the HS code point out the kind of product that is being produced, either listed or mentioned. Products that fall under HS code 7402 (soybean meal) are intended for human consumption only and not for animal feed or industrial purposes. Such products are regulated at 801 and 803. They are not covered by HS code 7402. If you’re looking for traceability regarding the origin of your products, you should also check with the HS code to ensure that its origin matches 7402. Here’s how you can use HS code in Malaysia:

Use HS Code To Identify Food

All food sold in Malaysia must be registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is to protect the public from food-borne illnesses and to ensure food safety. The FDA issued Food Standard Labels (FSLs), which detailed information on the nutrients, calories, fat, sugar, carbohydrates, and protein in foods. The FSLs are issued and updated according to the requirements of the International Code of Weighing and Measures (ICH), which is the international standard for measures and weights. Every year, the FDA issues a list of new food allergens, which is then registered with the National Food scrutinous Council (NFMC) and published in the Gazette of Malaysia. Foods that are not on the list of allergens are still safe to consume, but it is advised that you check with your doctor if you think you may be allergic to one of the products in your diet.

Use HS Code To Identify Ingredients

All food items that are meant for human consumption must contain a list of ingredients that describes their composition. Ingredients are identified using letters and symbols combined with number designations. The first letter indicates the kind of food: A represents fruits, vegetables, and grains; B represents milk and other dairy products; and so on. It is important to remember that the number designations indicate the amount of that ingredient per serving, not the quantity of the food as a whole. The symbol “%” indicates the percentage of that ingredient in the food: for example, milk ingredients are listed as containing 75% milkfat and protein.

Use HS Code To Assign Marking To A Product

All goods sold in Malaysia are required to contain a signifying material. The signifying material, which can be printed on the package or displayed in a notice window, identifies the product and assigns a unique identifier to it. The unique identifier can be used to track the product and trace it back to the manufacturer. For example, a coffee pack with a green paper emblem and the text “Coffee 100%” denotes coffee as a 100% coffee product. Coffee is a very common signifying material in Malaysia.

Showcase Your Products With The Right Code

To promote the use of the HS code in Malaysia, the Malaysian Food and Drug Administration (FMDA) has issued a set of standard logo designs, which are emblazoned on food and beverage products. The FMDA recommends that you use these logos on all food and beverage products that you sell, whether at home or in a market. If you do not use the standard FMDA logo, your products will probably fall under the purview of a Food Marking and Labelling Notion (FMLN) issued by the National Food Scrutinous Council (NFMC). The FMLN is a government agency that oversees food labeling and marketing issues across the country. The FMLN does not issue specific rules on the use of symbols and designations in its labeling but only issues FSLs. If a product does not have an FSL, it cannot be sold in Malaysia.

Use The Right Code For The Right Thing

The four-digit HS code is a great example of the right code for the wrong reason. The code was introduced to avoid confusion with similar codes used for animal feed and industrial purposes. The main problem with HS code is that it is complicated to use. Consumers usually do not know how to use the code correctly, and operators often make mistakes.

To maximize the potential of the HS code in Malaysia, importers and exporters need to familiarize themselves with the nuances of the code and how to use it correctly. The code can be a great tool for food safety, but importers and exporters should use it correctly to avoid violating food safety laws.

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