Amendments to the Guidelines of Market Development Grant (MDG) 

Several amendments to the guidelines of Market Development Grant (MDG) have been made by the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) with effect from 1st December 2015. This is to ensure that the MDG will benefit more eligible Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).  

The amendments are as follows: 

a)      Maximum amount of grant has been increased from RM800 to RM 2,000 for the Trade and Investment Missions

b)      Maximum amount of grant has been increased from RM800 to RM2,000 for Specialised Trade Missions organised by Government Agencies, trade associations, chambers of commerce and professional bodies.

c)      Companies of active status which have been operating less than 1 year can make application. 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA 

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

·         Incorporated under the Companies Act 1965;

·         At least 60% equity is owned by Malaysian(s);

·         Exporting products made in Malaysia or Malaysian services; and fulfilling the following criteria: 

Ř  Manufacturing (including agro-based):

i.        Annual sales turnover not exceeding RM50 million (based on the latest Audited Financial Statement) OR

ii.      Full-time employees not exceeding 200 (based on the latest EPF Statement)

Ř  Trading

i.        Annual sales turnover not exceeding RM20 million (based on the latest Audited Financial Statement) OR

ii.      Full-time employees not exceeding 75 (based on the latest EPF Statement)

ADDITIONAL MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS: 

1.      Registered with MATRADE under the Malaysia Exporters Registry (MER);

2.      An active business entity;

3.      Not a Government Linked Company (GLCs) or have government equity (federal or state);

4.      Export promotional activities which are subsidised or sponsored by third parties are not eligible for MDG;

5.      For consideration, all complete applications must be submitted online and received by MATRADE within forty (40) days from the last date of the activity. All late applications will not be considered.


ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES

ACTIVITY

DESCRIPTION

International Trade Fairs / Exhibitions in Malaysia

 

 

For events not organised by MATRADE, the following criteria will apply:

i.      Minimum requirement:

a)      gross space occupied must be at least 1,000 square meters; and

b)      10% foreign visitors; or

c)       20% net space rented to foreign exhibitors; or

d)      20% of exhibitors are foreign. 

ii.    MATRADE shall receive the Trade Fair/Exhibition Audited Report by certified auditor confirming compliance of item (i) of the above together with a show directory within forty days from the last date of the Trade Fair/Exhibition. 

iii.   Applicants are to deal directly with the organiser(s) for the submission of the Trade Fair Audited Report. 

iv.  Consumer Fairs (B2C) / Festival Fairs or similar events are not eligible for consideration.

International Trade Fairs / Exhibitions Overseas 

International Trade Fairs / Exhibitions excluding Consumer Fairs (B2C) / Festival Fairs or similar events held overseas.

Trade & Investment Missions or Specialised Marketing Missions

 

i.         Only participation in Trade & Investment Missions and Specialised Marketing Missions for export promotion ORGANISED by Malaysian Government Ministries or Agencies, Chambers of Commerce, Trade and Industry Associations and Professional Bodies that are registered in Malaysia are eligible for MDG.

ii.       The organiser of the mission must submit the full report of the mission within forty (40) days from the last date of the mission by using the MDG report format. Failure to submit and comply with the report requirements will result in the company’s application being rejected. 

International Conferences

Overseas 

The activity must be related to the promotion of export for the industry or professional services. It does not apply to seminars, workshops or training for the purpose of acquiring skills, upgrading knowledge or human capital development 

Listing Fee for Made in Malaysia products in  Supermarkets/ Hypermarkets / Retail Centres Overseas.

Consideration is limited to one Supermarket / Hypermarket / Retail Centre per country.

 

 GRANT AMOUNT 

The table below indicates the amount of grant to be reimbursed for the eligible activities:

ACTIVITY

AMOUNT

International Trade Fairs in Malaysia

 

Maximum reimbursement of RM 5,000 per company per participation or the actual participation fees whichever is lower. 

International Trade Fairs Overseas

 

Maximum reimbursement of RM 15,000 per company per participation or the actual participation fees whichever is lower. 

Trade & Investment Missions (MITI and Agencies) 

v  Maximum of RM 2,000 per company per Participation or the actual participation fees whichever is lower. 

Trade & Investment Missions organised by other Government Agencies, Chambers of Commerce Trade and Industry Associations and Professional Bodies 

v  Maximum of RM 2,000 per company per participation or the actual participation fees whichever is lower.

 

Specialised Marketing Missions (SMM) by MATRADE 

Maximum of RM 10,000 per company per participation or the actual participation fees whichever is lower. 

Specialised Marketing Missions (SMM) organised by other Government Agencies, Trade Associations, Chambers of Commerce/Professional Bodies 

v  Maximum of RM 2,000 per company per participation or the actual participation fees whichever is lower.

 

International Conferences Overseas

Maximum of RM 2,500 per company per conference or the actual participation fees whichever is lower. 

Listing Fee for Made in Malaysia products in Supermarkets / Hypermarkets / Retail Centres Overseas 

Maximum of RM 20,000 per company per Supermarket / Hypermarket / Retail Centre per country or the actual listing fee, whichever is lower.

 PLEASE NOTE THAT PARTICIPATION FEE INCLUDES REGISTRATION FEE, BOOTH RENTAL AND CONSTRUCTION, TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION.

 

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