Shopping In Labuan
There are many stores around the island and they carry a wide range
of goods, both local and imported. One may choose to shop in the comfort
of cool air-conditioned premises, or be more adventurous and seek
out the smaller shops downtown.
Textiles are very popular with both foreign visitors and domestic
tourists looking for heavy lace material and baju kurung material.
Ready-to-wear garments, ranging from shirts and trousers to casual
wear and party frocks and jeans and t-shirts will make any shopper
spoilt for choice. Bags, shoes, accessories can all be found alongside
One can also find locally-made and imported chocolates, candy and
biscuits. There are some stores that deal in all things Filipino,
too - from handicraft to foodstuff to cosmetics and even cigarettes.
Stores dealing in electric and electronic goods carry numerous brands
and the choice is endless. The items range from blenders and irons,
hair-dryers to kettles and microwave ovens to bigger items like television
sets, air conditioners and refrigerators. Prices are competitive and
it pays to shop around for prices.
Almost everywhere in town there is some place to shop especially along
Jalan OKK Awang Besar. One can find embroided linen, teakwood furniture,
chinese ceramics and jade carvings.
There are also carpet shops, jewellery shops, and stores selling ethnic
Indian goods like sarees. wines, liquor, beer and cigarettes are all
very inexpensive here in duty-free Labuan.
Duty-free outlets also carry perfume, cosmetics, cameras, audio equipment,
pens, watches and lighters as well as leather goods at attractive
It is wise to compare prices before purchasing to ensure you get the
best bargains. Prices in bigger store are fixed (meaning there can
be no bargaining) but they hold regular sales and these are the best
times to buy.
Smaller retail outlets still practise bargaining and one should also
explore the roadside stalls.
Duty Free Entitlement
Tourist who stay not less than 24 hours are entitled for tax exemption
on the following items:
Wine, spirit or malt liquor not exceeding 1
litre in all.
Tobacco not exceeding 200 cigarettes.
Talc, soaps and dentrifices to a total value
not exceeding RM200.00.
Wearing apparel not exceeding 3 pieces.
Footwear not exceeding one pair.
Portable electrically and battery operated appliances
for personal care and hygiene not exceeding 1 unit each.
Dutiable food preparations to a total not exceeding
Souvenirs and gifts on any dutiable items except
item 1, 2, 4, 5, tyres and tubes to a total value not exceeding
Portable goods and equipment brought in by tourist/foreign
journalist for personal use during the stay in Malaysia and
to be re-exported.