Market Development Grant (MDG)

MARKET DEVELOPMENT GRANT (MDG) - SUPPORT INITIATIVES FOR MALAYSIAN SME COMPANIES AFFECTED BY COVID-19

What is MDG?

The Market Development Grant (MDG) is a support initiative in the form of a reimbursable grant. MDG was introduced in 2002 with the objective of assisting exporters in their efforts to promote Malaysian made products or services globally. The lifetime limit of MDG is RM300,000 and it is specifically formulated for Malaysian SME Companies, Professional Service Providers, Trade and Industry Associations, Chambers of Commerce, Professional Bodies and Co-operatives.

[Note: MDG reimbursements are subject to the availability of the government funds]

What Activities Are Eligible For Grant Funding?

Physical Events

  1. Participation in International Trade Fairs or Exhibitions held in Malaysia/Overseas
  2. Participation in Trade & Investment Missions (TIM) or Export Acceleration Missions (EAM)
  3. Participation in International Conferences Held Overseas
  4. Listing Fees for Made in Malaysia Products in Supermarkets or Hypermarkets or Retail Centres or Boutique Outlets Located Overseas

Virtual Events

  1. Participation in Virtual International Trade Fairs In Malaysia Or Overseas
  2. Participation In Business To Business (B2B) Meetings Related To Virtual Trade Investment Missions And Export Acceleration Missions

Additional Activities (activities undertaken from 1 January 2021 - 31 December 2021)

  1. Financial Compensation for Cancellation or Postponements of Trade Fair / Exhibition Locally or Overseas
  2. Reimbursement on Logistic Cost for Sending Malaysian Products Overseas
  3. International Certification for Exports
  4. Registration of Intellectual Property (IP) for International Market
  5. Advertising & Promotion (A&P) Expenses for Exports

Who Is Eligible To Claim For MDG? (please refer to MDG Guidelines)

  1. Small And Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  2. Professional Service Providers (Sole Proprietor Or Partnership)
  3. Trade & Industry Associations, Chambers Of Commerce Or Professional Bodies
  4. Co-operatives

How Do I Submit My New Application Of Claims Or Request For Reimbursement Of Expenses?

    • All completed applications MUST be SUBMITTED ONLINE through MATRADE’s website at www.matrade.gov.my/mdg/
    • Submissions for reimbursements must be: 
No Promotion Activity Submission of Applications
Physical Event
i. Participation in International Trade Fairs or Exhibitions held in Malaysia/Overseas Within 30 calendar days from the last date of the promotion activity
ii. Participation in Trade & Investment Missions (TIM) or Export Acceleration Missions (EAM)
iii. Participation in International Conferences Held Overseas
iv. Listing fees in Supermarkets or Hypermarkets or Retail Centres or Boutique Outlets Located Overseas From the first day of listing
Virtual Event
i. Participation in Virtual International Trade Fairs In Malaysia or Overseas

Within 30 calendar days from the last date of the event

ii. Participation In Business To Business (B2B) Meetings Related To Virtual Trade Investment Missions And Export Acceleration Missions Within 30 calendar days from the last date of the promotion activity

Additional Activities
No. Activity Activity Undertaken from 1 January 2021 - 14 July 2021 Activity Undertaken from 15 July 2021 –
31 December 2021
1. Financial Compensation for Cancellation or Postponements of Trade Fair / Exhibition Locally or Overseas Submission must be made before or by 12 August 2021 Within 30 calendar days from last date of event
2. Reimbursement on Logistic Cost for Sending Malaysian Products Overseas Within 30 calendar days from shipment date (based on Bill of Lading / K2 Form)
3. International Certification for Exports Within 30 calendar days from the date of activity started
4. Registration of Intellectual Property (IP) for International Market Within 30 calendar days from the date of activity started
5. Advertising & Promotion (A&P) Expenses for Exports Within 30 calendar days from the date of activity started

For more information, please download information as per link below:

Market Development Grant (MDG) Physical Events

Market Development Grant (MDG) Virtual Events

Market Development Grant (MDG) Additional Activities

All enquiries and  submission of reports must be sent to:

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