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Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE)

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MARKET DEVELOPMENT GRANT (MDG)

New MDG Guidelines & Forms 2012

The scheme is to provide a matching grant to assist Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) undertake activities for the development of export. This guideline is effective for eligible activities undertaken from 1st January 2012.

Method of Disbursement

Companies can claim a 50% reimbursable matching grant on expenses incurred for eligible activities.


Qualifying Criteria

To qualify for the Market Development Grant (MDG), applicants must be:

A. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

  • Incorporated under the Companies Act 1965;

  • At least 60% equity held by Malaysians;

  • Exporting Made in Malaysia products or services; and any of the following criteria in (i), (ii) or (iii).

      (i) Manufacturing and Agricultural Sectors:

  • Annual sales turnover not exceeding RM 25 million (based on the latest financial report) OR

  • Not more than 150 full-time employees (based on the latest EPF Statement)

      (ii) Trading and Services Companies (except for tourism, financial & insurance and property development):

  • Annual sales turnover not exceeding RM 5 million (based on the latest financial report) OR

  • Not more than 50 full-time employees (based on the latest EPF Statement)

    (iii) Professional Services (Sole Proprietor or Partnership):

  • Registered under the Associated Ministries or Professional Services Bodies.

B. Trade & Industry Associations & Professional Bodies

  • Registered under the Associated Ministries or Professional Services Bodies


Grant Ceiling

The maximum grant for eligible activities undetaken in 2012 is RM100,000.00, subject to first come first serve basis and the availability of MDG fund.


Eligible Activities

A. SMEs participation in the following activities:

  1. International Trade Fairs/Exhibitions held Locally or Overseas.

  2. Trade & Investment Missions or Specialised Marketing Missions

  3. International Conferences Overseas. (Related to the industry and  professional services) - It does not apply to training, workshop or “seminar” for purpose of acquiring skills, upgrading knowledge and human capital development

  4. Participation in Malaysia Export Exhibition Centre (MEEC), MATRADE.

B. Trade Associations/Professional Bodies participation in the following activities:

  1. International Trade Fairs/Exhibitions held Locally or Overseas.

  2. Trade & Investment Missions or Specialised Marketing Missions

  3. International Conferences Overseas. (Related to the industry and  professional services) - It does not apply to training, workshop or “seminar” for purpose of acquiring skills, upgrading knowledge and human capital development


Claimable Expenses

A. Participation in International Trade Fairs/Exhibitions held Locally (applicable only for SMEs)/Overseas

  • Participation fee.

  • Economy class airfare for two (2) persons. Cost include return ticket (economy), fuel surcharge and airport tax.

  • Two (2) hotel rooms not exceeding RM 200 per night per room for International trade fair held locally (applicable only for SMEs) and RM 1,000 per night per room for overseas trade fair. Claimable expenses do not include breakfast, taxes and other charges. Payment will cover the duration of the event and two (2) additional nights. However, the maximum period of accommodation is limited to seven (7) nights.

  • Rental of standard booth which is limited to 18 square meters (sqm).

  • Advertisement in official trade fair show directory. International trade fair held locally is limited to a maximum cost of RM 1,000.

  • Participation and for models engaged in fashion runway show (Only applicable to Exhibitions for Fashion Designers). The cost does not include taxes.

For claims related to participation in international trade fair held locally (applicable only for SMEs), the organiser of the event must submit the original Trade Fair Audited Report, audited by external auditor or chartered accountant with a copy of certificate of practice of the auditor and show directory booklet within sixty (60) days after the last date of activity.

Locally held international trade fair must meet the following criteria:

  • minimum gross space occupied for the fair must be at least 1,000 square meters (mandatory); and

  • at least 10% of visitors must be foreign visitors; or

  • at least 20% net space is rented to foreign exhibitors; or

  • at least 20% of exhibitors are foreign exhibitors.

Note:

  1. Other than event organized by MATRADE, company must liaise directly with the event organiser with regards to the submission of the Audited Report.

  2. Organiser must submit the report within sixty (60) days after the last date of activity by using the MDG report format. Failure to submit and comply to the report requirements will cause the company's application to be rejected.

B. Participation in Trade & Investment Missions or Specialised Marketing Missions

  • Participation fee

  • Economy class airfare for two (2) persons. Cost include return ticket (economy), fuel surcharge and airport tax.

  • Two (2) hotel rooms not exceeding RM 1,000 per night per room. Claimable period of accommodation is subjected to approval by the MDG Committee and the expenses do not include breakfast, taxes and other charges.

Note:

  1. Trade & Investment Missions or Specialised Marketing Missions must be organised by any Malaysian government agencies, trade associations or professional bodies that are registered in Malaysia.

  2. Organiser must submit the full report of the mission within sixty (60) days after the last date of activity by using the MDG report format. Failure to submit and comply to the report requirements will cause the company's application to be rejected. 

  3. Companies participating in the mission must submit MDG application individually and meet MDG guidelines and requirements.

C. Participation in International Conferences Overseas (Related to the industry and professional services)

  • Participation fee.

  • Economy class airfare for two (2) persons. Cost include return ticket (economy), fuel surcharge and airport tax.

  • Two (2) hotel rooms not exceeding RM 1,000 per night per room. Claimable expenses do not include breakfast, taxes and other charges. Payment will cover the duration of the event and two (2) additional nights. However, the maximum period of accommodation is limited to seven (7) nights.

D. Participation in Malaysia Export Exhibition Centre (MEEC), MATRADE (applicable only for SMEs)

  • Participation fee.


Application & Claim Procedures

  • Market Development Grant application form MDG 1/2012, can be downloaded from MATRADE website at www.matrade.gov.my 

  • Completed application form must be submitted together with the required supporting documents within sixty (60) days after the last date of the activity.

  • It is mandatory to submit the completed MDG Feedback Form (MDG1A/2012).

  • Documents submitted are non-returnable.

  • This guideline is applicable for promotional activities undertaken from 1st January 2012 and subjected to changes from time to time.

  • In the event of fraudulent practices, applicants shall be blacklisted and will be required to reimburse all grants received from MATRADE.


Download Forms

 

Enquiries

For enquiry on MDG, please contact:
MATRADE, 
Market Development Grant Section,
8th Floor (East Wing), Menara MATRADE,
Jalan Khidmat Usaha, Off Jalan Duta,
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-6207 7593
Fax: 03-6203 7252
E-mail:  info@matrade.gov.my
Monday - Friday : 8.00am - 5.00pm

 
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