Services Export Fund (SEF)

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:

Under Reimbursable Grants (Refer to page 14 for details)

 1. Activity 1

Promoting Malaysian expertise as a provider of services at international events held overseas, such as a speaker/ panelist/ moderator at conferences/ forums/ workshops/ seminars;


As a participant in an international competition for the services industry held abroad.

 2. Activity 2

Travelling expenses to international destinations for tender bidding;


Purchasing tender documents for projects overseas.

 3. Activity 3

Conducting presentations to potential clients for assessing business and projects overseas.

 4. Activity 4

Rendering services for projects undertaken overseas.

 5. Activity 5

Conducting a feasibility study for a specific international project overseas.

The application for Activity 5 Services Export Fund (SEF) is temporarily suspended until further notice 

 6. Activity 6

Initial costs for first 12 months of setting up a commercial office overseas.

 7. Activity 7

Procuring commercial intelligence/ market reports for assessing business opportunities or projects in international markets.

8. Activity 8

Preparation of prototype, system customisation/ localisation to meet project requirements overseas

9. Activity 9

Participation fees in training programmes held overseas by certified bodies/ institutions for exporting services.

10. Activity 10

Registration fees for overseas industry certification including compliance to sustainability for exporting services.

11. Activity 11

Purchasing/ hire purchase/ renting of software, machinery and equipment for exporting services overseas.

12. Activity 12

Logistic costs involved in sending of Malaysian products and/ or equipment abroad (port to port), for overseas projects awarded to and implemented by Malaysian service companies.

Apply Now SEF Guideline

For more information, please contact us at:

Services Development Unit
14th 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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