Since 2011, the Malaysian government has been engaged in discussions with their counterpart in China in trying to resolve the issue. We are pleased to say that the total ban will be soon with the signing of an export protocol on 19th September 2012 between the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry (MoA) Malaysia and the Chinese Government.
The Export Protocol prescribes certain terms and conditions which our exporters must comply with, including auditing by the China NationalCertification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA). Since then, two Processing Plants in Sarawak have been audited last may by CNCA and are awaiting the outcome which hopefully will allow them to resume exports to China. In addition, the Government does not delay issuing export permit but first China has to issue import permit. It is against the procedure to issue export permit without first seeing the import permit from the importing country.
There is no restriction to export to other countries; however the market need to be explore further so that we not only export to China.
There is also very huge opportunity to do bottling and branding for local consumption as well for export. Look at Tongkat Ali, Red Bull, Malta etc. and the very successfull Coca Cola brand globally.