Market Development Grant (MDG)

What is Market Development Grant (MDG)?

The Market Development Grant (MDG) is a financial support facility in the form of a reimbursable grant to assist Malaysian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Professional Service Providers, Trade and Industry Associations, Chambers of Commerce and Professional Bodies in undertaking eligible export promotion activities. 

What activities and expenses are eligible for MDG?

(For export promotion activities undertaken from 1 April 2019)

ACTIVITYDESCRIPTION*GRANT AMOUNTELIGIBLE EXPENSES
1.
Participation in International Trade Fairs or Exhibitions held:
a) In Malaysia
b) Overseas
- Eligible Events:
Business to Business (B2B) events.

- Events Not Eligible:
Business to Consumer (B2C) or festival fairs or similar events.

a) RM5,000

b) RM15,000
  • Participation fee or Booth rental
  • Booth construction or Enhancement
  • Air fare
  • Public land transportation - bus, taxi or train from Malaysia to ASEAN country
  • Accommodation
2.
Trade & Investment Missions (TIM) or Export Acceleration Missions (EAM)
i) Organised by MATRADE RM10,000
  • Participation fee
  • Air fare
  • Public land transportation - bus, taxi or train from Malaysia to ASEAN country
  • Accommodation
ii) Organised by other entities that are registered in Malaysia:
  • Ministry or Government Agency or State Government
  • Chambers of Commerce or Business Council
  • Trade & Industry
    Association
  • Professional Body
RM2,000
iii) Joint collaboration programme with MATRADE. Collaborators may include:
  • Ministry or Government Agency or State Government
  • Chambers of Commerce or Business Council
  • Trade & Industry
    Association
  • Professional Body
RM10,000
  • Participation fee
    (Maximum of RM2,000)
  • Air fare
  • Public land transportation - bus, taxi or train from Malaysia to ASEAN country
  • Accommodation
3.
International Conferences held Overseas
The activity must be related to the promotion of exports.

(Does not apply to workshop, seminar or training for the purpose of acquiring skills, upgrading knowledge or human capital development).

RM2,500
  • Participation fee
  • Air fare
  • Public land transportation - bus, taxi or train from Malaysia to ASEAN country
  • Accommodation
4.
Listing fees for Made in Malaysia products in Supermarkets, Hypermarkets, Retail Centres or Boutique Outlets Located Overseas
Limited to one Supermarket, Hypermarket, Retail Centre or Boutique Outlet Located per country. RM20,000 Listing fees

*The maximum amount claimable per company per participation or the actual eligible expenses incurred, whichever is lower.

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Reminder

1) Submissions for reimbursements must be:

i. Within 30 calendar days from the last date of the promotion activity for:

  • International Trade Fairs or Exhibitions held locally or overseas;
  • Trade & Investment Missions (TIM) or Export Acceleration Missions (EAM);
  • International Conferences held overseas.

ii. Within 30 calendar days from the first day of listing in Supermarkets, Hypermarkets, Retail Centres or Boutique Outlets located overseas.

All COMPLETED applications MUST be SUBMITTED ONLINE through MATRADE website at www.matrade.gov.my/mdg/

2) Submission of reports by the organiser must be:

i. For Trade fair or exhibition held in Malaysia - Within 30 calendar days from the last date of the trade fair or exhibition (format of the report as in Annex 2).

ii. Trade & Investment Missions (TIM) or Export Acceleration Missions (EAM) - Within 14 working days from the last date of the mission (format of the report is as in Annex 3).


  • MDG reimbursements are subject to the availability of government funds.
  • MDG recipients who have fully utilised their MDG grants (RM200,000) will not be eligible for a new grant.
  • Please submit complete documentation to avoid delay in processing. As MDG is an audited activity and is subject to strict timelines, late applications cannot be considered.
  • This guideline is subject to change from time to time.

Contact Information

All enquiries and submission of reports must be sent to:

Market Development Unit
8th Floor, Menara MATRADE,
Jalan Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah,
50480 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
Tel: +603-6207 7593
Fax: +603-6203 7252
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