We are pleased to inform you that the new SEF guideline is available in the portal for your reference. The new guideline is effective for all SEF applications starting from 13 May 2024.

In conjunction with the new SEF guideline, we are also pleased to inform that activity 5 (Feasibility Study) is now officially reactivated.

Kindly read the new guideline thoroughly before submitting the SEF application. Thank you

SEF provides assistance to Malaysian Service Providers (MSPs) to undertake activities to expand and venture into the international market. The assistance is extended in the form of reimbursable grant. The grant disbursed is according to the maximum amount of each activity for the duration of the period 2021-2025.

The objectives are:
  • To increase the competitiveness of Malaysian Service Providers (MSPs) overseas;
  • To increase accessibility and expand export of MSPs in the global market;
  • To expand the scope for export promotion to gain market access and export opportunities for services; and
  • To raise the profile of Malaysia at the international level as competent service provider and brand Malaysia as a supplier of services.

Eligible activities are:

(Please refer to page 14 of SEF Guideline for more details)

Type of Activity:
RM 50,000.00

Activity 1

Cost of travelling and accommodation as a participant in an international competition for the services industry held abroad

RM 50,000.00

Activity 2

Cost of travelling and accommodation to international destinations for tender bidding;


cost of purchasing tender documents for projects overseas.

RM 100,000.00

Activity 3

Cost of travelling and accommodation to meet/ network/ conduct presentations to potential client(s) and further explore potential business and projects overseas.

RM 100,000.00

Activity 4

Cost of travelling and accommodation in rendering services for the secured projects undertaken overseas (consultation, supply, delivery, implementation and execution of project).

RM 1,000,000.00

Activity 5

Cost of conducting a feasibility study for international project overseas

RM 200,000.00

Activity 6

Cost of setting up a commercial office overseas.

RM 50,000.00

Activity 7

Cost of procuring commercial intelligence/ market reports for assessing business opportunities or projects in international markets.

RM 50,000.00

Activity 8

Cost of developing prototype/ system customisation/ localisation to meet project requirements overseas.

RM 50,000.00

Activity 9

Cost of travelling, accommodation and participation fee in international training programmes held locally/overseas (physical/virtual) related to the services of the company.

RM 100,000.00

Activity 10

Cost of acquiring international certification in export services (including compliance to sustainability).

RM 200,000.00

Activity 11

Cost of renting/subscribing of software;


Cost of renting of machinery/equipment for exporting services overseas

RM 350,000.00

Activity 12

Cost of logistic (sea/air/land freight) involved in sending of Malaysian products and/ or equipment abroad (door to door), for overseas projects awarded to and implemented by Malaysian service companies.

Important Notice

Please be informed, due to the development of new SEF system, applicant is required to update the new registration number (ROC) and set it as a default ID/ROC number of company’s bank account. Kindly liaise with your registered bank to ensure the process of SEF claim payment can be made

SEF Guidelines

To apply for SEF grant, company needs to register as a MATRADE Member and subcribe to MyExport service
  • If you are not a MATRADE Member, please register here.
  • If you are a MATRADE Member, please register MyExport here. Click here to download MyExport user manual.
  • If you are already registered in MyExport, kindly login and click Apply under SEF tab.

For more information, please contact us at:

Market Development Unit
8th Floor (East Wing), Menara MATRADE,
Jalan Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah,
50480 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
Tel: +603-6207 7077
Fax: +603-6203 7252
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