Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB License)

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Malaysia Palm Oil License, also known as MPOB license, is a regulatory requirement for companies involved in the palm oil industry in Malaysia. The Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) is the government agency responsible for issuing and enforcing these licenses.

Palm oil is one of the key industries in Malaysia, with the country being one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of palm oil. The license  is aimed at ensuring that the palm oil industry operates in a sustainable and responsible manner, while also promoting the development and growth of the industry.

The MPOB license sets out the requirements that companies must meet in order to be licensed to operate in the palm oil industry. This includes compliance with environmental, social, and labor standards, as well as adherence to best practices in the cultivation, processing, and marketing of palm oil.

Companies that have the approval are recognized as being part of a responsible and sustainable palm oil industry, and are able to access markets that place a premium on sustainably produced palm oil. The license is therefore an important tool in promoting the sustainable development of the palm oil industry in Malaysia, while also protecting the environment and the rights of workers and communities affected by palm oil production.

Malaysia Palm Oil License (MPOB License)


The Malaysian palm oil industry is regulated by several government agencies, and licenses are required for various activities within the industry. Some of the main types of licenses required are:

Palm Oil Mill License

The Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) issued a license to operate a palm oil mill. This license is required for anyone who wants to process crude palm oil.

Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) Certification

This is a certification scheme developed by the Malaysian government to ensure that palm oil production is sustainable, environmentally friendly, and socially responsible. Companies can apply for MSPO certification through MPOB.

License for Export of Palm Oil

Companies that want to export palm oil from Malaysia must apply for approval. 

License for Purchase of Fresh Fruit Bunches

It is mandatory for companies that want to purchase fresh fruit bunches (FFB) from smallholders or estate owners.

License for Transport of Palm Oil

This license is required for companies that want to transport palm oil within Malaysia. The license is issued by the Road Transport Department (JPJ).


There are several benefits of obtaining approval in the Malaysian palm oil industry. 

The Malaysian palm oil industry is a crucial sector of the country’s economy, contributing significantly to employment, foreign exchange earnings, and poverty alleviation. Obtaining approval in this industry offers several benefits, including compliance with regulations, access to export markets, increased efficiency and productivity, recognition of sustainability efforts, and improved reputation.

Firstly, compliance with regulations is essential in any industry, and the palm oil sector is no exception. The Malaysian government has established laws and regulations to ensure sustainable and responsible production practices. Obtaining the necessary licenses helps companies to comply with these regulations, reducing the risk of legal penalties and negative impacts on reputation.

Secondly, obtaining licenses in the Malaysian palm oil industry opens up opportunities for companies to expand their businesses and increase their revenues. These licenses allow companies to access export markets, leading to higher profits and more significant market shares. Additionally, companies that obtain licenses to purchase fresh fruit bunches (FFB) from smallholders or estate owners can source raw materials more efficiently, increasing productivity and reducing costs.

Thirdly, obtaining Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification is a significant benefit for companies in the palm oil industry. This certification is recognized globally as a standard for sustainable palm oil production, demonstrating a company’s commitment to sustainability. Companies that obtain this certification can differentiate themselves from competitors and appeal to environmentally conscious customers.

Fourthly, obtaining licenses and certifications can significantly enhance a company’s reputation and build trust with stakeholders, including customers, investors, and regulators. This can lead to increased business opportunities and a more positive image in the industry. By demonstrating compliance with regulations and commitment to sustainability, companies can create a more significant impact in the palm oil industry and contribute positively to the country’s economy.


To apply, companies involved in the palm oil industry in Malaysia must follow the following steps:

Step 1: Register your company with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) and obtain a valid registration number.

Step 2: Prepare the necessary documents required for application, including:

  • A completed Application Form.
  • A copy of your company’s registration certificate issued by the SSM.
  • A detailed description of your company’s palm oil activities and operations, including information on the size of your plantations, processing facilities, and the type and volume of products produced.
  • A copy of your company’s latest audited financial statements.
  • A copy of your company’s latest tax returns.
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report, if applicable.
  • Any other supporting documents as requested by MPOB.

Step 3: Submit the application and all required documents to the MPOB Licensing Unit in person or by mail.

Step 4: Pay the necessary fees and charges as required by MPOB for the license application.

Wait for the MPOB to process your application, which typically takes several weeks to several months, depending on the complexity of the application and the volume of applications received by the MPOB.

Once your application has been approved, you will receive a Malaysia Palm Oil License from MPOB, which will allow you to operate in the palm oil industry in Malaysia legally.

It is important to note that MPOB may conduct periodic inspections and audits to ensure compliance with license requirements, and failure to comply may result in the revocation of the license. Therefore, companies need to operate in a sustainable and responsible manner to maintain their license validity.


Relin Consultants is a professional firm experienced in MPOB licensing. Our team can assist with the application process. We can provide guidance on the necessary documents required for the application and help to ensure that the application is completed accurately and submitted on time.

In addition, our team can advise on any additional requirements specific to your company’s operations and provide assistance with compliance with ongoing regulations and standards. 

Our team also provides ongoing support to help companies maintain their MPOB license by ensuring continued compliance with regulations and standards.