Strategic Trade Act 2010 (STA) Info Page
What is the Strategic Trade Act 2010?
Strategic Trade Act (STA) 2010 is the legislation that controls the export, transshipment, transit and brokering of strategic items, including arms and related material, as well as activities that will or may facilitate the design, development, production and delivery of weapons of mass destruction. This Act is consistent with Malaysia's national security and international obligations. [Download Act]
Who is the target for the implementation of the Act?
The target is any person who is engaged in the export, transshipment, bringing into transit or brokering of strategic item. This includes traders, exporters, cargo agents, carriers, freight forwarders, feeders operators, logistic or service providers.
Why should I be concerned with export control compliance?
Those violating the Act are subjected to a fine, imprisonment and / or death sentence as provided in the STA 2010.
What are the strategic items?
Strategic items refer to goods and technology that are controlled under the STA 2010. A definitive and comprehensive list of controlled strategic items is prescribed in the Strategic Trade (Strategic Items) Order 2010. The Order reflects the items currently required to be controlled under the global export control regimes as well as the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540.
The items are categorized as follows:
(i) nuclear materials, facilities and equipment;
(ii) special materials and related equipment;
(iii) materials processing;
(vi) telecommunications and information security;
(vii) sensors and lasers;
(viii) navigation and avionics;
(x) aerospace and propulsion; and
(xi) military items.
How will I know if the items to be exported from Malaysia are in the control list?
The Strategic Items List is a transparent list which was published in the Gazette as the Strategic Trade (Strategic Items) Order 2010.
The Strategic Trade (Strategic Items) Order 2010 is available (upon subscription) at the http://www.lawnet.com.my/lawnetPublic/ or can be purchased from Percetakan Nasional Berhad. Exporters may check the list of items and identify the status of a product by log on to
How does one comply with the Act?
Whenever a person / an entity performs any activity related with export, transshipment, transit and brokering of strategic items, they must obtain an export permit / broker certificate from the relevant authorities for strategic items based on the Strategic Trade (Strategic Items) Order 2010.
How do I apply for export permit?
- Obtain Username and Password to access the Tradelink for STA Registration [Download Guide Part 1; Guide Part 2]
- Register company details and other information.
- Submit completed application for approval.
- Upon application approval, a Digital Signature token will be given.
- Activation of Token must be done soon after. [Download Guide]
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- Enter MITI’s website
- Home > Guidelines > Strategic Trade Act > Forms.
- Complete the form
- Submit application.
Source: Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) & Input from AMCHAM Members