Please read carefully as the procedure is different from Access Licence application
In order to bring any biological resources out of the State of Sabah, the researcher or collector is required to have an Export Licence. The licence can be applied together with the Access Licence application or apply separately at a later time when need arises. However, you are required to declare your intention to export in the Access Licence application form. You are recommended to apply as soon as you have decided to export the biological resources out of Sabah as the procedures may take a longer time to finalise (refer to the application flow chart below). Please take note that the processing time will be longer than Access Licence application and your Access Licence approval does not guarantee your Export Licence application will be successful. This Export Licence is a single-use licence (valid for one year and one time shipment only), subsequent export activities would require new export application
Guidelines on applying for Export Licence
- Researcher and local collaborator are required to make every effort to conduct analyses in Sabah utilising the exisiting facilities and expertise
- If the analyses cannot be done in Sabah, the researcher and the local collaborator are required to justify the reason for export and to propose efforts in enhancing capacity building of the local institutions (include this in your application)
- If your analyses are partially conducted locally, please specify this in your application
- Be specific and elaborate on the research activities/ analyses
What you should know before applying for licence
- Your application will not be processed until all the necessary supporting documents and information have been received
- The Sabah Biodiversity Council will deliberate your Export Licence application with the supporting information and documents to decide on your application. Therefore you are advised to be specific and elaborate on the analyses you wish to conduct and to provide strong justification of your intention and purpose of export. For example, "chemical analysis"/ "DNA analysis" not sufficient to describe the activity. In addition to that, you are adviced to work with local institutions to enhance capacity building/ technology transfer
- All applications must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not receive confirmation from us through email after submission, please check your spam or junk mail
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Permit
Please note for species protected under the CITES, the export of CITES specimens require the application of an additional permit (CITES permit) from Sabah Wildlife Department (animal- except fish and coral, and plant- except marine plant and timber), Sabah Fisheries Department (fish, coral and marine plant) AFTER an export licence is issued. An import CITES permit from your destination country is also required.
- Completed application form for export licence
- Photocopy of Passport or MyKad
- Letter of support from the Malaysia institution/ organisation/ local collaborator that will collaborate in this research (This is a letter from your local collaborator (based in Sabah) that will collaborate in this research to support your export intention and recommend ways to enhance capacity building of the local institutions. Letter of consent as local collaborator is not acceptable and cannot be used to support your export intention.)
- Once we have the result of your application from the Access and Export Licence committee and/or Sabah Biodiversity Council, you will be notified through email whether your application is approved or rejected (please check your spam or junk mail if you do not hear from us).
- Please note for species protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the export of CITES specimens require the application of an additional permit (CITES permit) from Sabah Wildlife Department (animal- except fish and coral, and plant- except marine plant and timber), Sabah Fisheries Department (fish, coral and marine plant) after an export licence is issued.
- If your application is successful, you are required to complete the Statutory Declaration Form before we can release the Export Licence. Please take note that the Statutory Declaration Form must be signed in the presence of a Sessions Court Judge, Magistrate, or Commissioner for Oaths in Sabah or in Malaysia. You may download the Statutory Declaration Form here.
Should your application is not approved, you may appeal through SaBC within the period of 3 months beginning from the date you received the decision.
How to collect my licence?
- Print out and complete the Statutory Declaration Form (signed and stamped) and hand it over to SaBC office in order to collect your Export Licence in person.