8 Ways to Make Sure Your Transport Shipping is Effective and Cost-Efficient

8 Ways to Make Sure Your Transport Shipping is Effective & Cost-Efficient

With the COVID-19 pandemic, 50 percent of consumers are uncomfortable purchasing in stores and have switched to online. And it has caused long-term behavioral changes as a result of this transition.

Shipping is one of the challenges that comes with increasing online sales. It's normal for a business owner to get concerned about the procedure of shipment and delivery. Although you pick and pack your product yourself, you're still dependent on a shipping company to deliver an item on schedule and in good shape.

It's important to be able to deliver fast and effective shipping to attract and retain clients. This, however, can cause strain on your overall budget. So, the million-dollar question is how can you meet your consumers' expectations while remaining under budget? This blog entails eight shipping recommendations to teach you how to save money on shipping for your company.

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Freight forwarders and sourcing supply agent in France

Freight forwarders and sourcing supply agent in France

Here at DocShipper, we have a presence everywhere. DocShipper is subsequently likewise present in France to help you in all your purchasing and global coordinations tasks. You will see that, importation and exportation has never been that simple! Being at the focal point of Europe, France benefits an amazing location position which is a huge advantage for having worldwide air and sea commercial links.

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Freight forwarders and sourcing supply agent in Hong Kong

Freight forwarders and sourcing supply agent in Hong Kong

Being part of an international DocShipper group, We are present all over the globe. The DocShipper Group operates in the Chinese territory, and specifically in the Hong Kong area, to provide you with a full service for international purchases and logistical processes. You will see that import and export is easier than it was before!

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Sourcing services

DocShipper aims to support the full process of your international trade operations. Our sourcing department is here to assist you on all different stages you can find during the procurement: we find the right supplier, proceed with quality control, make sure products are compliant... You have some doubt regarding the supplier you found? Let us guarantee reliability! You are not sure the production will suit your expectation? We will verify it! You don't know if your products are compliant? We will double check all documents (certificates, license...)

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Your sourcing partner in Vietnam

Our outstanding assistance, backed by ISO certification enables us to collaborate with factories that we recognize as "the most reliable" on the market. It is much more than just sourcing collaboration, we will oversee you in Vietnam for the entire procedure. Your plan will be supervised by one committed DocShipper specialist to support the communication. Electronics in Shenzhen ? Toys in Yiwu ? Clothes in Ningbo ? Don't worry, we are here to help!

Take advantage of the DocShipper network to operate across Vietnam!

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From design to distribution crossing by advancement, some elements such as product quality, facility certifications, innovation, fiscal requirements, minimum order quantities (or MOQ) to name a few, can cause issues or even financial disaster. It is understandable that you won't be able to manage all these stages lonely, particularly if you are not well skilled regarding international importation/exportation.

Here DocShipper it is! Our aptitude empowers us to be very aggressive on those matters. The resolution will then be promptly detected and fulfilled. We will designate the right supplier by checking the volume of unit you are looking for as well as the reputation of the factory.

Beginning trading in Vietnam is usually time-consuming and profitless, particularly at the commencement. It is a disgrace to miss this gold mine. In order to bypass this, grant Docshipper who will be your right hand in Vietnam. You just require to concentrate on the growth of your business while we take care of all the rest. This proposal is clearly customized in order to offer an "all-inclusive package". Design, Packaging, Transport, Customer relations, etc ...

Let your worries become our own, release your stress, take example from hundreds of clients who trust our services !

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Due to our attractive pricing, many customers trust our services and we thanks them. Stop overpaying the services and save money with our tailored package matching will all type of shipment, from small volume to full container, let us find the best and cost-effective solution.

Communication is important, which is why we strive to discuss in the most suitable way for you!

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About FNM Vietnam

An expert team, specialised in freight forwarding and supply-chain optimization, from and to Vietnam. Our polyglot collaborators, mastering French, Vietnamese and English language are guaranteeing you clarity toward the different links composing your supply-chain.

Strong of its decade of experience, FNM Vietnam followed proactively the evolution of import/export to answer the modern requirements of the international trade businesses.

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Sea freight

Our great relations with carriers in Vietnam enables us to have competitive rates for their services. LCL, FCL, Bulk, Roro, OOG, we can provide you all these services from and to Vietnam.

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Frequent Questions about Sea Freight

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From what volume does sea freight become profitable?

Ocean freight is the most widely used method of transportation in the world, being quite simply the cheapest method on the market. Usually, sea freight becomes interesting when you send volume over 2 cubic meters, below that we suggest to opt for air freight. Although you have the choice between shipping by groupage (LCL) or full container (FCL), this method is - unsurprisingly - much slower than air.

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Maritime groupage (LCL) or full container (FCL), what to choose?

As you may have understood, when you ship in groupage (LCL - Less than Container Load), you are sharing the container with other shippers. Conversely, when you opt for a full container solution (FCL - Full Container Load), you reserve the entire container. In general, from a financial point of view, we suggest to go for an FCL from 15 cubic meters although the 20ft container has a capacity of 33 cubic meters.

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What is the advantage of choosing sea freight?

First and foremost, ocean freight is simply the cheapest solution on the market when shipping large volumes. Failing to be loaned, this method is secure and allows you to charter goods in most countries around the world. In addition to this advantage, sea freight also makes it possible to ship prohibited goods by air such as electronic products with batteries.

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Which port of departure should I choose?

Our team relies mainly on 2 factors to determine the departure (and arrival) port. As a first step (and this is the most important factor), we analyze the international port closest to the starting address. Secondly, we check the prices of the different shipping lines according to the port of departure. We generally select the cheapest method unless contraindicated as a problem of time.

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Air freight

FNM Vietnam is positioned in all Vietnam's international airports. This enables us to book classic, courier or urgent freight from everywhere.

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Frequent Questions about Air Freight

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When does air freight become profitable?

Besides the time issue that you can overcome with air shipping, this method is generally cost effective (financially speaking) when shipping a small volume / weight: usually below 2 cubic meters or 200 kgs. For all higher volumes and if your priority is profitability, then you will opt for a solution by sea.

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Are there any specific restrictions when shipping by air?

It is the IATA (International Air Transport Association) organization that regulates all air traffic and therefore air freight. This is an area with very strict rules to avoid technical problems which can turn into a tragedy. Thus, many products cannot be shipped by air such as batteries, liquids, flammable products ...

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How much and how is air freight loaded?

The price of an air freight solution will depend on multiple factors. Obviously, you will find the weight, the volume, the point of departure and arrival but not only! You must also consider the nature of the goods as well as the ancillary steps such as packaging service, storage, truck mileage ... The more complex an operation is, the more expensive it will be. Note that the airline will use the greatest weight between the gross weight (on the scale) and the volumetric weight based on the following ratio: 1 cubic meter = 167 Kgs.

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What is the point of choosing air freight?

Do you have a time problem? Air freight will be the right solution! As mentioned above, it will also be a competitive method if you want to ship a small parcel around the world. Also note that this is a reliable method of transport since it requires less handling which reduces the risk of loss / theft / breakage during the shipping process.

Rail freight

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FNM Vietnam can provide rail freight services to the major cities in South East Asia and China. Thanks to our great partnerships with railway companies, their great services are available for us.

Trucking services

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In destination of China and all the ASEAN countries, road freight is a fast and inexpensive way to transfer your goods from Vietnam. Our skilled truck drivers will always transport your products safely.

Express transport

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Your goods can be sent anywhere in less than 4 days with express freight. We partnered with the big names of this industry, like DHL, Fedex, TNT and UPS to provide this kind of services.

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There are diverse methods to ship your goods from/to China. You can opt for the profitability of the sea freight, the speed of the air freight, trucking if it's close, express if it's small, or even rail freight if you go for a happy medium.

At first sight, the process sounds like a complicated adventure for inexperienced importers/exporters who are not familiar with this field. It's not only a question of technicality, indeed the small unseen detail can wreck the entire operations.

We, at DocShipper, don't handle requests as a traditional freight forwarder. We work on a case by case basis in order to dedicate an expert on each operation. This devoted consultant will assist you from A to Z to make sure the shipment is the smoothest possible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

✅ What is the mission of a freight forwarder like DocShipper?

The role of a freight forwarder is to build a tailor-made (logistics) solution to customers. At DocShipper, we regularly provide door-to-door solutions where our team takes care of the entire logistics process. From pickup on departure to delivery on arrival, we manage the entire process including ancillary services such as packaging, storage, customs clearance, transport insurance ... You have nothing more to do, we take care of everything!

✅ What is the advantage of going for a door-to-door solution?

Door to door service is a bit like the Rolls Royce of international logistics services. An all-inclusive solution that perfectly fits your needs (and your budget). This solution includes all the services you may need throughout the journey of your cargo. That's good, DocShipper has made it his specialty.

✅ Why DocShipper rather than another logistics provider?

DocShipper offers multiple benefits for these customers. First of all, we are the only (and unique) company able to support you throughout the product operational cycle thanks to our 3 complementary departments. Our sourcing team supports you in your search for a supplier, quality control and product compliance. Our logistics crew will take over to assist you throughout the logistics chain and finally, our 3PL department (a distribution center based in northern Italy) can get rid of the dispatch of your products with stock monitoring, order fulfillment and last mile delivery. Tailor-made and professional support in the language and channel of your choice: WhatsApp, Live chat, phone, E-mail ... Do not hesitate to contact us today!

✅ How can DocShipper manage the entire product cycle?

As mentioned in the above question, we are able to manage the entire procurement process: you give us your specifications and we take care of the rest. You no longer have to waste time with logistics, negotiating with suppliers (which are sometimes simple scams) ... You cannot improvise yourself as an international buyer, focus on selling your products and let us handle the rest.

Questions related to Vietnam

What are the methods of transportation from Vietnam?

The most suitable method of transport will be advised by our consultants. It will generally depend on the volume, the weight, the nature of the goods and finally the point of departure and arrival. You are free to choose the method which is convenient for you according to your time requirements, especially that a solution by sea will be much longer than shipping by air, but generally more competitive (except in the case of low volume / weight).

What to do legally when importing into Vietnam?

When you switch to DocShipper, it's not complicated, you don't have to do anything! Our customs broker checks the documentary package and ensures that all documents are in line with the expectations of local customs officers: certificate, license, permit ... Everything is checked to avoid unpleasant surprises and above all to avoid wasting time for you and your business on this more than sensitive stage.

What is an international freight operation?

An International freight is the act of transporting goods from a point of departure to a point of arrival and whatever method of transport you operate: sea, air, rail or road freight. International freight isn't the only service you'll need! Transport is good, but you also have to declare the goods to the authorities, prepare the documents, package the products ... And this is where freight forwarders like DocShipper come in. We are implementing a solution that includes freight but also all the actions necessary for the smooth running of operations.

Can I take out air / sea freight insurance?

In any case, insurance is always available for your goods, it is also highly recommended. Note that you have the possibility of going through our team to subscribe to this insurance, otherwise, you can use a third party agency only for this service, the choice is yours!

How do I check if my products are compliant?

A significant point because it can turn operations into disaster. The slightest missing document and the customs authorities can simply reject to release your cargo, which will incur inspection and storage fees. It is very important to check all documents before shipping. Don't panic, this is something we do on all projects we deal with. If the documents are not compliant, then we will refuse the management of the shipment.

My order is ready, how can I organize the transport?

Has your supplier finished producing the products? Now is the time to prepare for their shipment. Fill out our online form or send all the information directly by email: type of products, volume, weight, dimensions, point of departure / arrival and any other details related to your cargo. If you have any documents, don't hesitate to provide them to us, they will probably help our team to better assess the needs.

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Freight from Vietnam to Russia _ Rates – Transit Times – Duties & Taxes

Freight from Vietnam to Russia | Rates – Transit Times – Duties & Taxes

What is the best method to ship your goods from Vietnam to Russia ?

 

In this first part of our guide, we will have a look on 2 different method of shipment : air freight and sea freight. We will compare both options, give you important details and some advices about the method you should consider.

Sea freight from Vietnam to Russia

Overview - Ocean cargo from Vietnam to Russia

The country is fairly open to foreign trade, which accounts for 51.5% of GDP (World Bank, 2018), despite strict laws and policies. Russia became a member of the WTO in 2012, a member of the Commonwealth of Independent States, which established a free trade zone, and is a member of the Eurasian Customs Union. Russia and Ukraine have abolished their mutual trade preferences. The Eurasian Customs Union has signed an agreement with Vietnam and is negotiating free trade agreements with e.g. Iran, India, Egypt, Singapore and Serbia. Russia is the 14th largest exporter and 22nd largest importer of goods in the world (WTO, 2018). Its main exports are hydrocarbons (more than 50% of total exports), solid fuels, iron and steel, wheat and meslin, precious stones, precious metals and wood, and its main imports are machinery, pharmaceuticals, electronic equipment, vehicles and plastics.

Russia's main trading partners are China, Germany, the Netherlands and Belarus. Since the conflict in Ukraine and the economic sanctions imposed by Western countries, the Kremlin has imposed an embargo on European and American agricultural products and has reconfigured its trade relations. The country has recorded significant and regular trade surpluses since 1998, mainly due to its rich natural resources, especially hydrocarbons (crude oil and natural gas in particular).

 

 

Shipping company offering services from Vietnam to Russian ports 

Here are few examples :

Port of Novorossiysk

The port of Novorossiysk is the largest port in Russia and the fifth largest port in Europe in terms of the volume of goods in transit. The port is located in the ice-free Bay of Novorossiysk, also known as Tsemes Bay, on the northeast coast of the Black Sea. The port was founded in 1845. The port covers an area of 238 hectares. 141 million tons of goods passed through the port in 2013. Large container ships dock at the quays. In 2013, for example, the port received a 286-metre-long Maersk container ship carrying a load of 58,341 tonnes. In 2017, 25,300 tankers were unloaded at the Cheskharis terminal alone. This represents more than 1.2 billion tons of oil.

 

Port of Ust-Luga

Ust-Luga, Europe's seventh largest port, is to become an important port for coal and fertilisers with a planned capacity of 35 million tonnes per year. Its construction started in 1997 with the aim of avoiding the need to route traffic through Baltic ports. The work was accelerated by Vladimir Putin, who inaugurated it in 2001. The 3,700-metre-long approach channel can accommodate ships of over 150,000 tonnes. In 2016, almost 90 million tons will have passed through it.

 

Port of Primorsk

Primorsk, Europe's twelfth largest port, is the largest Russian port on the Baltic Sea in terms of traffic. The terminal was commissioned in 2001 and its traffic reached 45 million tons in 2004 2 and 74.2 Mt in 2007 3. In 2010, the port of Primorsk is the 2nd Russian port, behind Novorossiysk, on the Black Sea, with a traffic of 77.64 Mt; Primorsk is also the 46th largest port in the world.

 

Port of Saint Petersburg

Now the second busiest port on the Baltic Sea, the city increased its industrial production by 19% in 2004. River-sea developments (canals joining "the five seas", i.e. the Baltic Sea, the White Sea, the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov and the Caspian Sea) have been an important element in the development of the seaport of St Petersburg. St. Petersburg, enjoying a privileged geographical location, is the third largest ex-Soviet port on the Baltic Sea. In 2004, 14.62 million tonnes of goods transited through the seaport of the second largest city in Russia, an increase of 19% over the previous year. The net profit of the company, which employs 430 people, was 28.2 million roubles (almost $1 million) in 2004.

 

Should I ship by consolidation or full container from Vietnam to Russia ?

LCL

LCL - Less Than Container Load : In this case we also speak of "consolidation". In fact, this option is available for you who may not have enough volume to make an FCL profitable (if it is expensive, you might as well fill it). The freight forwarder has several customers with similar needs for the transport of small consignments within the same trade - and offers to consolidate these consignments into a shared container. In this way, shipping costs are divided among the customers according to the space they occupy in the container.

FCL 

FCL is an ISO international standard. Thus it designates the (full) container load (20″ or 40″) containing a shipment for an importer (consignee).

It will therefore be more complicated to make this kind of FCL profitable, unless your volume reaches 13,14,15 CBM.

How long does it take to ship from Vietnam to Russia by sea freight ?

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Da Nang 35 days 34 days 34 days 35 days 35 days 35 days
Saigon 34 days 35 days 34 days 35 days 34 days 34 days
Ba Ngoi 35 days 34 days 35 days 33 days 35 days 35 days
Cam Pha Port 35 days 34 days 34 days 33 days 35 days  34 days

Please you should note the transit time only considers the freight (the transit time will increase with the pick up and delivery at place).

 

How much does it cost to ship a container from Vietnam to Russia ?

Ocean freight is therefore by far the most cost-effective solution between the two countries (if your cargo exceeds 1 CBM and 120 kg, which is often the case). Whether FCL or LCL, our importing customers in Russia carry out most of their operations by sea freight (more profitable for them and maybe for you).

As a result, the Vietnam - Russia traffic is largely composed of sea freight operations. Obviously even outside our topic here sea freight is often the best option for you.

Special sea freight services 

Reefer container from Vietnam to Russia

Refrigerated containers are used to transport products that require temperature-controlled conditions during transit, such as fruit, vegetables, dairy products and meat. They are equipped with a refrigeration unit connected to the power supply of the transporting vessel.

 

Docshipper will advise you, if necessary, and then reserve it for you.

Roro/Bulk/OOG from Vietnam to Russia

RORO:

RORO is short for Roll-on/Roll-off. RORO is an innovative idea that was inspired by ferries, and today is revolutionizing the global transportation industry. Oversized and self-propelled/motorized cargo (on wheels: trucks, construction equipment, cars, etc.) is driven on a special vessel, and is then unloaded in the same way at the port of destination. This is a very simple way to handle non-standard cargo in the safest and cheapest way possible. Nothing is better for your special shipments. Why is that? The use of RORO, as opposed to containers, generally avoids the costs of dismantling, reassembling, and damage. In addition, there is no risk of water damage since the cargo is always well secured inside the ship throughout the voyage. These special vessels also carry non-motorized or non-roadworthy vehicles.

BULK:

Bulk goods are goods that are transported in large quantities. They are liquid or granular materials, in the form of particles, such as a mass of relatively small solids, such as oil/crude oil, grain, coal or gravel. This cargo is usually dropped or poured, with a bucket or shovel, into the hold of a bulk carrier, railway car, or tanker/trailer/semi-trailer. Smaller quantities (always considered "bulk") may be boxed and palletized. Bulk goods are classified as either liquid or dry.

OOG (Out of Gauge)

Loads with exceptional dimensions require tailor-made transport solutions and it is advantageous for this task to be carried out, as far as possible, by an operator (like Docshipper) who organises transport from point A to point B.

 

**Our dedicated and experienced employees leave no room for error. We ensure professional handling of goods during our terminal handling operations, storage, transportation of small and medium-sized loads, oversized or bulk goods.**

Air freight from Vietnam to Russia

Overview – Classic vs Express air freight 

Your decision must be based on a concern for time. Indeed, by choosing to operate in an accelerated way (express air freight) you will certainly pay more but will receive your goods in about 4 days. In the classic way (classic air freight) you will pay less but will take more time to receive your goods (7 or 8 days, i.e. double).

 

What is the difference between volumetric and gross weight?

* There are two ways to put a value on the density of your shipment. The result will decide your bill.

We make a difference between gross and volumetric weight. This is the most important value that will be used to arrive at a rate. You can imagine that if your shipment is 1 CBM or even beyond, but weighs 10 kg, we cannot invoice on the net weight. These two images are below in order to make you udnerstand the calculation :

Why should I choose a Classic Air freight from Vietnam to Russia ?

Which airlines company should I ship with ?

  • Aeroflot - Russian Airlines is Russia's flag carrier and the country's largest airline. It operates from Sheremetyevo International Airport. Founded on 9 February 1923, it is one of the oldest airlines in the world. During the Soviet period, Aeroflot was the largest airline in the world. Today the Russian state owns 51% of the airline, which has been a full member of the Skyteam alliance since 14 April 20062.
  • Vietnam Airlines  is the national airline of Vietnam. It operates domestic and international flights from its two main hubs at Tan International Airport Sơn Nhất in Ho Chi Minh City and Nội Bài International Airport in Hanoi.

 

Transit time Door to Door from Vietnam to Russia by air freight ?

Considering a door to door shipping, you must count at about 6 to 8 days.

 

How much does it cost to ship a parcel from Vietnam to Russia?

As I have said several times, Docshipper sees shipping like no other forwarding agent: we offer individual advice and quotes, so we operate on a case-by-case basis. This is why we require many details specific to your goods (dimensions, weight, HS code...) in order to establish an efficient return.

 

Should I choose an Express Air freight from Vietnam to Russia ?

Express service – The best solution for little package

Here you will benefit from a much shorter transit time, including automated (and therefore faster) customs clearance. But this comes at a price. This price will benefit you if your merchandise weighs less than 100-110 kilos.
Otherwise, opt for a more traditional and less expensive air freight.

 

How long does it take for a package to be shipped from Vietnam to Russia ? 

Logically, in 4 days the process should be completed. We also guarantee you a quality service at an attractive price.

Why is that?
We have been working with these companies for many years, this relationship of trust ensures certain advantages

 

How much does an Express service cost from Vietnam to Russia

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**For the quotation of your express shipment, a different method than gross weight and volume is applied. For express freight, assume that 1 CBM = 200 kgs.  

Send to our team the information specific to your freight operation, we will send you a quote that I hope will meet your expectations. Remember that our experience with these brands means that we (and therefore you) benefit from very advantageous conditions.

Major airports to ship in Russia

Sheremetyevo International Airport

Sheremetyevo International Airport, named after Alexander Pushkin sometimes called Sheremetyevo-2, is an airport serving the city of Moscow in Russia.

Located about 30 kilometres north of the Russian capital, Chérémétiévo-2 International Airport was built for the 1980 Summer Olympics. It was added to the airport complex of Chérémétiévo-1, which opened in 1964. It is the largest airport in Russia, in front of Domodedovo. In 2019, 228,868 flights carried 26,188,000 passengers. It is Aeroflot's main connecting hub.

Domodedovo International Airport

Domodedovo International Airport is an international airport and the oldest airport in Moscow. It is located in the Domodedovo Raion, 42 km south-south-east of the centre of Moscow. It was largely renovated and modernized in 2003 and 2004. The runways, taxiway and parking lot have been widened and reinforced to accommodate the new generation of wide-body aircraft. It is the first in Russia to be able to do so.

It is the second largest airport in Russia in terms of passenger and cargo traffic, behind Moscow's other major airport, Sheremetyevo International Airport, with 20,430,000 passengers in 2008. A fast train, the Aeroexpress, connects the terminal to one of the 9 major Moscow train stations, Paveliets station in 40 minutes for a 35 km journey.

Vnukovo airport 

Vnukovo International Airport is located in Moscow, Russia, 28 km southwest of the city centre. It is one of the three most important airports in the Russian capital (along with the international airports of Domodiedovo and Sheremetyevo). In 2018, the airport handled 6.78 million passengers, an increase of 33% compared to 2017.

Pulkovo Airport 

Pulkovo airport is the main airport of St. Petersburg. It has a single terminal. It is part of the Pulkovo Aviation Group. It is located about 17 km south of St. Petersburg, in the district called Pulkovo.

Like St. Petersburg, it is built on land reclaimed from the sea. The ancient coast is represented by the "Pulkovo Heights", 4 km south of the airport. Highly visible on these hills on approach is the Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory, which belongs to the Russian Academy of Sciences.

 

Door-to-door transfer from Vietnam to the Russia

Door-to-door method overview

Your first shipping operation may worry you. No problem, Docshipper's used to it.

By choosing our Door to Door option, enjoy maximum peace of mind.
We will pick up your order at the address you provide (packing and unloading if necessary). Then we will take care of the freight and other arrangements before delivering your goods directly to your home in Russia.

Besides, note that we are responsible of each step of the transfer.

 

Rail Freight

In theory rail freight is possible. In practice it will clearly not be the best solution. We will have to send the goods to China first.

It will be long and expensive.

Customs clearance in Russia for goods imported from Vietnam 

How much will I pay ? 

Knowing the precise cost of freight and customs clearance is a serious deal. Hence, as each member of the World Trade Organisation the HS code is used (composed of 6 numbers). the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System. This numbers defines the nature of your good (by ID).

Here is the composition of an HS Code

hs code of a pineapple

Calculate applicable tariff with the HS code

You found your HS Code ?  You need to be sure about the taxe to pay on your shipment. Please follow below stepts :

Go on the Russian Customs Tariff Portal.

Go on this link (Russian Customs Tariff), you should reach a page who looks like this :

 

Hs code pineapple russian

 

Click on the chapter corresponding to the nature of your product (here the fruits, knowing moreover that the first number of the HS code of the pineapple is 8).

 

Customs Russian pineapple

 

Then, take a look to the 2 differents informations you can get :

  • Suppl. Unit of measurment
  • Rate of Import customs duties

 

After, just select the correct product check the duties and taxes applied on your product

In our example, Russian the customs duties will be 5% of the customs value (in euros).

Russian Customs pineapple HS

 

Different taxes existing for your goods 

Since its official entry into the WTO on 22 August 2012, Russia has undertaken to apply all WTO provisions, including an average customs duty of 7.8% for goods.

The majority of imports are subject to 18% value added tax (VAT). A reduced rate of 10% is imposed on basic foodstuffs, children's items, school books and medicines. A limited number of goods are exempt from VAT, including pharmaceuticals and medical equipment and products for the disabled. This tax is applied to the sum of the amount of the goods, customs duties and excise tax.

Imports delivered and used in the Special Economic Zones are free of duty and VAT. Customs duties and VAT must be paid when the goods concerned are shipped to the rest of Russia.

 

The excise tax in Russia

Certain categories of goods imported into Russia are subject to payment of excise tax (for example, alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, etc.) As a rule, the rate of excise tax is specific (that is, it is defined by the volume, weight, or other characteristics of the goods).

 

How to get a taxes exemption? 

It’s possible for you to benefit from partial or total exemption in GSP countries (including Vietnam). For the rest, it will depend on the nature of what you import and the country of importation.

 

 GSP 

The Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) : Under this system, developed countries apply lower tariffs to products from poorer countries. In order to contribute to the development of these countries, it is therefore an exception to a cardinal principle of the World Trade Organization.(WTO), the most-favoured-nation clause, according to which an advantage granted to one member country of the organisation must be granted to all the others.

Since the EU opted for this system (1971), the Generalised System of Preferences has been an important instrument of EU trade policy. Without negotiation or reciprocity, it does not apply to the customs duties of poor countries, but only to their exports; It is a system of aid for developing countries to support them in their trade. Then, you can guess that a lot of Vietnamese products are included.

Products judged too competitive (textile for example) can’t beneficiate from GSP.

Providing a Certificate of Origin of your goods to the Customs will make you able to benefit of GSP.

Customs clearance process in Russia

Customs process 

A reform of customs regulations has been carried out since the end of 2000. It has led to a general reduction in customs tariffs and the entry into force of a new Customs Code on 1 January 2004. Generally speaking, it reflects a harmonisation of customs procedures with European standards.

Most goods are free to be imported into Russia, although there is a licensing system for certain specific products (pesticides, jewellery and precious materials, electrical equipment, etc.) which account for about 3% of total imported goods. These licenses are issued by the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and monitored by the State Customs Committee.

The customs declaration can be made by the declarant of a company under Russian law and forwarded to the customs office where the company is first registered. A company exporting to Russia may also use the services of a customs broker who will carry out customs formalities on its behalf. Release for consumption, with immediate payment of duties and taxes, is the regime most commonly used by operators exporting to Russia.

Goods shipped to Russia must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • The Single Administrative Document (SAD)
  • The commercial invoice (It must be drawn up in triplicate in English or Russian and contain the usual particulars. It must specify the customs terminal number)
  • A health certificate
    They are required for meat and are issued by the Departmental Directorate of Veterinary Services.
  • Certificate of conformity to Russian standards (GOST-R)
    It is necessary for products that may present a danger to health or environmental protection (food products, chemicals, consumer goods, etc.).
  • Transport documents and packing list

Russia applies the Harmonized Customs System. The customs tariff is composed of 11,032 tariff lines of which 85% is imposed on an ad valorem basis . Duties and taxes are collected by the State Customs Committee.

 

Customs contact

import-custom-clearance-process

What are the Licenses required (import & export)?

Import license 

Licences are required to import a variety of products, including for health, safety and national security reasons. These products include radioactive substances, explosives, drugs and pharmaceuticals, information protection devices (including all encryption systems and software), alcohol (vodka), tobacco products, self-defence tools, weapons, and military equipment. These import permits are usually issued by the Department of Trade and Economic Development or the Department of Defence in the case of military equipment or dual-use goods).

 

Necessary documents 

The bill of lading is the document of title which is given by the sea carrier, or his representative, to the shipper who owns the goods in recognition of the goods his ship is to carry. The nature, weight and marks of the goods shipped are recorded on this document. This document is signed by the master after receipt of the goods, with an undertaking to deliver them in the condition in which he received them, at the place of destination, except for perils and accidents at sea. The bill of lading shall be drawn up in four copies. The original document is not a title to the goods, but it is representative of the goods and is negotiable. The other three copies shall be for the master of the vessel, the shipowner and the seller.

This document is important for all international transfer of commercial goods.

Please take a look into the details on a Bill of Lading:

example of a Bill of Lading

  • 1 = Shipper
  • 2 = Consignee
  • 3 = Notify party
  • 4 = Vessel No.
  • 5 = Port of loading / discharge
  • 6 = Place of receipt / delivery
  • 7 = Container No.
  • 8 = Goods description
  • 9 = Net weight
  • 10 = Dimensions / volume

 

The original invoice

For Russian Customs this is the way to be sure than goods received are the same in the declaration.

 

The packing list

An international trade document that is always included in the document bundle and on which all packages making up a shipment are listed. This list makes it possible to check the conformity of the shipment with the order, i.e. with the invoice drawn up by the seller.

 

Certificate of Origin

This document will serve as proof, confirming the authenticity and provenance of your goods. Indeed, in order to benefit from the GSP, you must prove the "made in Vietnam". Once the manufacturer has attested to its signature, a government agency in Vietnam will take care of the process.

Here is an example for China here:

Chinese Certificate of Origin

There might be some difficulties for you to handle it entirely. If this is a case, just send us an email or call us !

 

Prohibited & restricted items 

Here is a list of the main prohibited items:

Printed information, audio-visual and other containers:

  • calls for extreme and terrorist activities;
  • pornographic material;
  • materials on elections and referendums carried out in violation of the requirements of Russian legislation;

Civil and service weapons:

  • Firearms include artillery weapons, small arms and grenade dispensers - firearms that can be used to fire ripples;
  • firearms imitating other items;
  • cold blade arms and knives with a blade longer than 90 mm ;
  • gas weapons with toxic and neuroparalytic substances;

Hazardous waste containing any of the substances indicated in the customs documents.

Technical aids and devices for tacit information:

  • lenses and pinhole cameras;
  • photo, television and video cameras disguised as other objects ;
  • technical devices designed for telephone tapping.
  • Toxic substances that are not precursors of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances from the list approved by the Russian Ministry of Health.

Human organs and/or tissues, blood and its components.

 

Trade agreement 

Russian President Vladimir Putin ratified the Free Trade Agreement between the Eurasian Economic Union (EAU) and Vietnam on 1 May. At the end of April, the State Duma and the Council of the Russian Federation also ratified this agreement which was signed in May 2015 in Bourabay to facilitate economic exchanges between Vietnam and this Union which includes Russia, but also Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. It will provide for exemption from customs duties for a number of goods and the application of safeguard, anti-dumping and countervailing measures, in accordance with World Trade Organisation (WTO) regulations.

Annual trade between Vietnam and the EAU averages around $4 billion. The signing of their free trade agreement will raise it to $10 billion by 2020.

 

Trade relationship 

Vietnam's ambassador to Russia, Ngô Duc Manh, stressed the positive development of relations between the two countries last year during a meeting with representatives of Russian and Vietnamese news agencies held in Moscow on Wednesday 30 January.
Ngo Duc Manh said bilateral relations had developed in all areas: politics, economics, defense-security, science-technology, education and relations between the two peoples. In politics, mutual confidence has been strengthened by frequent exchanges of delegations over the past year, including the visit to Russia of the Secretary General of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Nguyen Phu Trong, and trips to Vietnam by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Duma Speaker Viacheslav Volodin.

One of the strengths of the bilateral relationship is the growing cooperation in defense and security, Ngo Duc Manh said, noting that for the first time Vietnam participated in the Army Games military demonstration party in Russia and ships of the Russian Pacific Fleet visited the port of Cam Ranh, Vietnam.

By taking advantage of the strengths of the free trade agreement between Vietnam and the Eurasian Economic Union, of which Russia is a member, companies from both countries have strengthened their economic, trade and investment partnership, the diplomat said.

Strengthening economic cooperation :

According to Vietnam's General Customs Department, bilateral trade reached $4.57 billion in 2018, up 28.6% from the previous year.

Building on the positive energy cooperation, the two sides promoted key joint projects, including the Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology Development Projects and Urban Transport in Vietnam.
Ngô Duc Manh added that the two sides had also extended their collaboration to digital technologies, e-government, renewable energy and the production of seeds, pesticides, medical equipment and pharmaceuticals. On tourism, the number of Russian visitors to Vietnam has reached a record of more than 600,000 in 2018, making it the largest in Europe and the sixth largest source of tourists, he said.

Ambassador Ngô Duc Manh said the two countries would celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty on Principles of Friendship between Vietnam and Russia, and were preparing to mark 70 years of bilateral diplomatic relations in 2020.

He expressed his conviction that the Year of Friendship would be successful and contribute to strengthening the bilateral partnership.

 

Additional services 

Our warehousing services 

The location of our warehouses in Vietnam: HCMC (Saigon), Haiphong and Quy Nhon is one of our big assets. Located near the ports, this makes it easy to store your goods. As long as you need it, we will store it after receipt. Afterwards, after giving us your address in Russia, we will organize the freight and delivery (if door-to-door service, of course).

The storage is guarded by guards and a whole process of security (cameras in particular).

Storage service in Russia

Our partners (companies we have been working with for many years) allow us to be able to offer you a storage service. Not only practical (good location) but also free-stress (security assured) and at reduced prices.

 

Our packing/unpacking services 

Overview 

At Docshipper, we do everything we can to ensure that the operation goes smoothly. Therefore, the safety of your property is one of our priorities. Therefore, since our beginnings, we offer a packing service, personalized and at a lower price!

 

Packing material 

Carton box

Your carton box must be able to withstand the worst conditions without sagging while keeping your contents in perfect condition. We will help you make an informed choice based on the degree of protection required and the method of transport you are considering.

Palletization 

We manufacture, in our warehouses, a wide range of wood pallets to meet your shipping needs, both for domestic and export markets. Our wood pallets are made to measure to withstand the most rigorous loading, shipping, unloading and storage conditions.

Wooden boxes 

Our wooden shipping crates are custom-made to meet the demanding conditions of export markets. For any product that is sensitive to shocks, our crates are designed and manufactured to ensure the total protection of your merchandise throughout its transportation and handling.

If you wish to ship bulky, heavy or fragile products to foreign markets, wooden shipping crates remain a very good solution.

Others: bubble wrap, tape, wrapping paper… 

We offer packaging solutions in these materials (Bubble wrap...) tailored to your products, sublimating them in their packaging and protecting them from shocks and impacts related to shipping and handling. Whether you need to transport or ship fragile items, such as electronic items, our state-of-the-art system calculates the quantity required and the optimal bubble wrap configuration to protect them.

 

Why packing is important for the insurance ? 

The general terms and conditions of the "Marine Insurance Policies on Faculties" specify that insufficient packaging or packaging unsuited to the normal hazards of the voyage is a factor in the exclusion of the insurer's guarantees, as well as faulty cushioning or stowage (if the insured is responsible for it).

In this context, insurers can effectively refuse to pay for damage caused by such packaging failures, provided that they are noted by a damage surveyor or by the expert present at destination.

With Docshipper, benefit from professional packaging and thus avoid any problems.

 

Freight insurance 

How much does a freight insurance cost ?

This amount will be determined by the price of your goods and the price of freight.

You can make this calculation to estimate :(freight value + product value) * 2-3%.

The rate is a variable rate. It will increase or decrease depending on the nature of your goods.

 

Supplier management in Vietnam 

Control quality in Vietnam 

Our image of international logistics and our willingness to provide quality services leads us to contact your supplier. We have noticed that some suppliers have been sending out products with defective products and packaging. Our mission is not to let your goods leave without perfect condition/packaging. You can count on us to see to it. Our team is fluent in French, English, Vietnamese and Thai.

 

3PL Services in Vietnam 

Order fulfillment/Packing & labelling in Vietnam 

By trusting Docshipper, you don't have to worry about the often complicated supply chain. All services are under our control (customer relations, labelling, packaging, etc.).

Your concerns are now ours.

 

Last mile delivery 

Our network in both Russia and Vietnam allows us to deliver your goods to the destination address without any problems.

 

Shipping personal effects from Vietnam 

Excess baggage 

You've been shopping a little too much? Arriving at the airport way too busy? Docshipper is used to it and has the solution!
Our air freight express service allows you to receive your excess luggage in 3-5 days in Russia.

Moving service from Vietnam to Russia

Are you concerned about packaging, storage or customs clearance? It's normal, especially if it's your first operation. Let us guide and assist you. Are you interested in our relocation services? Check out our dedicated page : : Moving services

 

Free regulation advisor

Thanks to our experience of numerous year (especially between Vietnam and Russia) we are able to answer any questions (especially about administrative) . We ensure you a fast and efficient answer.

What are you waiting for? Please contact us.

 

DocShipper | Your dedicated freight forwarder in Vietnam !

 

Due to our attractive pricing, many customers trust our services and we thanks them. Stop overpaying the services and save money with our tailored package matching will all type of shipment, from small volume to full container, let us find the best and cost-effective solution.

Communication is important, which is why we strive to discuss in the most suitable way for you!

Freight between Vietnam and China _ Rates – Transit Times – Duties & Taxes

Freight between Vietnam and China | Rates – Transit Times – Duties & Taxes

What is the best method to ship your products between Vietnam and China ?

 

In this first part of our guide, we will have a look on 3 different method of shipment : air freight, sea freight and trucking (or cross border). We will compare the 3 options, give you important details and some advices about the method you should consider for your future shipmen(s).

Sea freight between Vietnam and China

Overview - Ocean cargo between Vietnam and China

Shipping products by sea freight is the most common method to transport goods. Why ? Simply because it is the cheapest method so far ! China is the first trading partner with Vietnam, in 2019, more than 35% of importation was coming from China and 18% of Vietnamese exportation were shipped to China. And guess what ? Majority of them have been moved by sea freight !

 

Shipping company offering services between Vietnam and Chinese ports

You want to learn more about sea freight port in Vietnam? Feel free to check our dedicated page : sea freight services

Here first you have a listing of shipping lines operating between China and Vietnam : (Please note we will select the most competitive company to ship your goods when you need)

It's not a surprised, China has 7 ports in the top 10 most important port in the world, just this ! Let's have a look on them, starting from the biggest one to the smallest.

Port of Ningbo

More than 1.5 billion ton of goods passed through this port in 2019. This port was created in 2006 but beware, it is actually the merger of 2 Chinese ports (Ningbo and Zhoushan) to create the world number 1 in terms of volumes processed. The port of Ningbo - Zhoushann is located in Zhejiang province and more precisely in the south of Hangzhou bay.

Port of Shanghai

In 2019, it is around 1.3 billion ton that passed through the port of Shanghai. Shanghai is also the largest city in China. The port of Shanghai saw 36,540,000 containers in transit through its port in 2019.

Port of Tianjin

It is around 900 millions tonnes passed through this port in 2019. However in 2015 the classification of this port is likely to change. In fact, a huge fire following the explosion of tanks containing chemicals caused the death of several dozen people, which considerably slowed down the activity of the port of Tianjin.

Port of Tangshan

820 million tonnes passed through this industrial port in 2019. The port of Tangshan is the fifth largest port in the world. It is the most important port in Hebei province. It is a strategic city in the North East of China and is located on the shores of the Bohai Sea.

Port of Canton

750 million tonnes passed through this port in 2019. Located in the south-east of the country, the port of Canton each year traffics around 200 million tonnes of goods. Please note that the city of Canton is also called Guangzhou in Chinese. It is located in the province of Guangdong and is one of the largest cities in the country.

Port of Qingdao

680 million tonnes passed through this port in 2019. It is the fourth largest Chinese port located in the northeast of the country and more precisely facing South Korea.

Port of Dalian

520 million tonnes passed through this port in 2019. The port of Dalian has a long history, it was founded in 1899 in the south of the Liaodong peninsula. The port is located in Liaoning Province.

 

Should I ship by consolidation or full container between Vietnam and China?

LCL (Consolidation)

LCL - Less Than Container Load (or consolidation) is used when you can't fill a full container. There are several type of container but you can keep in mind these 3 sizes :

  • Container 20 feet with a capacity of 33 CBM (Cubic Meter)
  • Container 40 feet with a capacity of 67 CBM
  • Container 40 feet HQ with a capacity of 76 CBM

Usually, people ship in LCL when they have less than 13/14 CBM. If you have 15 CBM or more (sometimes less), it will be safer and cheaper to book a full container, even if you fill only half.

FCL (Full Container)

FCL is an ISO international standard referring to a (full) container load (20″ or 40″ or 40″ HQ) containing a shipment for a consignee (an importer). FCL sea transport is the cheapest mode of transport when importing (or exporting) from China. However, in order to be a viable freight option, the importer must purchase a relatively large quantity of goods.

How long does it take to ship between Vietnam and China by sea freight ?

Ningbo Shanghai Tianjin Canton Qinqdao Hong Kong
Da Nang 5 days 4 days 5 days 5 days 6 days 6 days
Saigon 5 days 4 days 5 days 5 days 6 days 6 days
Ba Ngoi 4 days 3 days 4 days 4 days 5 days 5 days
Cam Pha Port 4 days 4 days 4 days 4 days  5 days  5 days

Please note that transit times shown are here just as indicative information. Keep in mind as well that it doesn't include the whole process but only the freight delay (so you will have to add some delay for pick up, delivery, customs clearance process...).

 

How much does it cost to ship a container between Vietnam and China ?

It is quite hard to provide pricing in advance considering shipping line adjust their pricing monthly. This pricing will be highly influenced by oil market price so keep this details in mind. Finally, providing freight price only won't really help you as it is just a minority in the total cost of the operation : pick up and delivery (trucking fee), export charges and import charges, duties and taxes... All those costs are on the side but totally mandatory so don't base your estimation on the freight price only !

Special sea freight services 

Reefer container between Vietnam and China 

You need to ship temperature controlled goods? We can provide such service ! Feel free to contact our sales department to learn more about our services.

 

Roro/Bulk/OOG between Vietnam and China 

We also provide different kind of sea freight services, our scope of work is not limited to "classic" sea freight as we also handle RORO shipments (oversized items like big machine or others) and Bulk cargo which include a large volume of goods.

Air freight between Vietnam and China

Overview – Classic vs Express air freight 

There are 2 types of air freight services : "classic" (or conventional) air freight and "express" air freight. Both options will have different avantages and disadvantages as they are quite different. "classic" air freight will use the available space in classic airlines companies when "express" method will be handled by "courier company" such DHL, FedEx, UPS...

 

What is the difference between volumetric and gross weight?

*The cost of your shipment will be based on the most important weight between the gross weight (weight on the balance) and the volumetric weight (based on dimensions). The most important between this 2 is called the chargeable weight.

It is important to assimilate the difference between volumetric and gross weight and it make sense when you start to understand it. Indeed, imagine someone who ship a boxes full of pillow. The density will be so low that the company must charge the volume. On the other side, imagine you want to ship a cube of metal, super heavy, right ? In this case the company will charge based on the gross weight. Finally, note that the calculation of the volumetric weight is different between the "classic" and "express". While classic air freight consider 1 m3 as 167 Kgs, express shipping will consider 1 m3 as 200 Kgs.

Should I choose a Classic Air freight between Vietnam and Australia ?

Which airlines company should you ship with ?

  • China Airlines is a Chinese airline serving all china main cities and East Asia in general.
  • Vietnam Airlines (in Vietnamese Hãng hàng không Quốc gia Việt Nam) is the national airline of Vietnam. It operates domestic and international flights from its two main hubs at Tan International Airport Sơn Nhất in Ho Chi Minh City and Nội Bài International Airport in Hanoi.

 

Transit time Door to Door between Vietnam and China by air freight ?

For a door to door operation, you should count at about 3 to 5 days.

 

How much does it cost to ship a parcel between Vietnam and China?

As mentioned previously in sea freight part, it is very hard to provide a pricing just by considering the number of airport in both China and Vietnam. The price is also not stable as it is influenced by airlines traffic, the basic law of supply and demand. As sea freight, we will price on case per case basis so feel free to contact our sales department to get a price !

 

Should I choose an Express Air freight between Vietnam and China ?

Express service – Perfect solution for small package

If your goods are equal or less than 100kgs, this is an interesting solution. For important volume, this service will be too expensive. Therefore, we will advise and book for you what is the most convenient method considering your timing and budget.

 

How long does it take for a package to be shipped between Vietnam and China? 

Again, thanks to the fast customs clearance process (automated), you should count no more than 3 days for the all process. Thanks to our good relationship with these companies, we ensure you a good service and price.

 

How much does an Express service cost between China and Vietnam ?

express-courier logo

*As classic air freight, Express shipping will be charged based on the most important value between the volumetric and the gross weight. Note that for express shipping, 1 CBM = 200 Kgs

Please, advise more information about the operation and then we will revert to you with a quotation. We are working with these companies for so long. Therefore, the price we can get from them are very low. If you ask them directly, you will have some bad surprises.

Major airports to ship in China 

TOP 10 airports in China (cargo ranking)

Rank Airport City
served
Division IATA/
ICAO
Passengers Aircraft Cargo
1 Shanghai Pudong International Airport Shanghai Shanghai PVG/ZSPD 74,006,331 504,794 3,768,572.60
2 Beijing Capital International Airport Beijing Beijing PEK/ZBAA 100,983,290 614,022 2,074,005.40
3 Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport Guangzhou Guangdong CAN/ZGGG 69,720,403 477,364 1,890,560
4 Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport Shenzhen Guangdong SZX/ZGSZ 49,348,950 355,907 1,218,502.20
5 Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport Chengdu Sichuan CTU/ZUUU 52,950,529 352,124 665,128.40
6 Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport Hangzhou Zhejiang HGH/ZSHC 38,241,630 284,893 640,896.00
7 Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport Zhengzhou Henan CGO/ZHCC 27,334,730 209,646 514,922.40
8 Kunming Changshui International Airport Kunming Yunnan KMG/ZPPP 47,088,140 360,785 428,292.10
9 Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport Shanghai Shanghai SHA/ZSSS 43,628,004 266,790 407,154.60
10 Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport Chongqing Chongqing CKG/ZUCK 41,595,887 300,745 382,160.80

Door-to-door transfer between Vietnam and China

Door-to-door method overview

A door to door services is a premium services as it is an all-inclusive package. You want to ship your products stress-free ? This is the offer you need !

And guess what ? This is our specialty at DocShipper ! Let us handle all your logistics needs, from departure to arrival we will guarantee a professional services : packing, storage, loading/unloading, customs clearance, international freight, trucking... All those services will be included in our offer !

Customs clearance between China and Vietnam

How much will I pay ? 

It is very important (for your business indeed) to have a proper idea of the future cost which includes logistics services but also customs clearance step and all related duties and taxes. You want to check it by yourself ? You just need what we call the HS Code (Harmonized System) ! All members of the World Trade Organisation use the HS code (composed of 6 numbers minimum), this numbers defines the nature of your good (by ID).

Here is the composition of an HS Code

hs code of a pineapple

Calculate applicable tariff with the HS code

You found your HS Code ? It's now time to check how many taxes you will have to pay on your shipment. You just need to do the following steps :

Duties and taxes from China to Vietnam

First, go the Vietnamese customs website : Vietnam customs tariff

Your first need to fill your information (in our case, we will fill the HS code and the origin country, here is China) :

customs tariff vietnam website

It's done ? Now you just need to click on the search icon to reach a page who looks like this :

Duties and taxes from Vietnam to China

As for customs clearance in Vietnam, you first need to go on the Chinese customs website : Chinese customs tariff

Your first need to fill your HS Code first on the following page :

customs tariff china website

Once it's done, click on the Search button to go on the next step. You should reach a page who looks like this :

customs tariff china website example

as you can see, you have 3 different category :

  • Import tariff and tax
  • Customs declaration
  • Landed cost calculator

Let's have a look on them :

Import tariff and tax in China

Import tariff and tax china

 

Landed cost calculator in China

Landed cost calculator customs china

import-custom-clearance-process

What are the Licenses required (import & export)?

Import license 

In order to ship goods between Vietnam and China, you do not need import licence. Indeed, in both China and Vietnam, you will need a registered company as consignee of the shipment. It is mandatory to pass local customs so don't try to avoid this detail !

 

Necessary documents 

The Bill of Lading for sea freight (or air way bill for air freight) is equivalent to a passport and a boarding card for your shipment. It is also a document certifying of the legality of the transfer, because it is emitted once the carrier received payment for its services. This document is mandatory for all international transfer of commercial goods.

The following pictures are detailing what information are provided on a Bill of Lading:

example of a Bill of Lading

  • 1 = Shipper
  • 2 = Consignee
  • 3 = Notify party
  • 4 = Vessel No.
  • 5 = Port of loading / discharge
  • 6 = Place of receipt / delivery
  • 7 = Container No.
  • 8 = Goods description
  • 9 = Net weight
  • 10 = Dimensions / volume

 

The original invoice

In both China and Vietnam (and it's the same worldwide basically), you will need the original invoice to clear your goods at customs. Make sure there is no difference between the original invoice and the packing list !

 

The packing list

The packing list is a listing of your inventory. This packing list will show what goods do you have and the declared value as well. It also shows the origin and arrival of the shipment. You also need to attach the MSDS data sheet if you’re importing hazardous or chemical products in Australia.

 

Certificate of Origin

Like the Bill of Lading, the Certificate of Origin is a very important document for all international import. The document must be signed by the manufacturer and delivered by a government agency in Vietnam or China, where your supplier is based.

Here is what it looks like (for China here):

Chinese Certificate of Origin

There might be some difficulties for you to handle it entirely. If this is a case, just send us an email or call us !

 

Additional services 

Our warehousing services 

Please kindly note the advantageous location of our warehouses. They are located near the ports of HCMC (Saigon), Haiphong and Quy Nhon. We are therefore able to receive your shipping for as long as you need it, before sending it to Australia (or anywhere else for that matter), or delivering it to Vietnam. Surveillance cameras and security personnel will ensure a perfect security of these places (so your goods). As a result, every fact and gesture will be filmed and recorded for a clear conscience.

Storage service in China and Vietnam 

You have an urgency ? You plan to consolidate several lots from different supplier ? This service is for you ! We will be able to store your goods whenever in both China and Vietnam.

 

Our packing/unpacking services 

Packing services services is very important as it will secure your goods for the whole logistics process. We will be able to provide such services in both China and Vietnam so feel free to contact our experts if you need such services : Carton box, palletization, wooden box and others like bubble wrap, tape...

Why packing is important for the insurance ? 

Unfortunately, it can happen that your goods may be damaged during transport (whether by sea, land or air). And... We all know how insurance companies are ! They everytime try to not refund so in a case of an international shipment, a bad packaging will be the perfect excuse for them to avoid any responsibility !

 

Freight insurance 

How much does a freight insurance cost ?

The amount of your insurance policy will be based on the value of your goods. As you can see, the higher the value, the more you will pay for the insurance.

In general, the following calculation is made: (freight value + product value) * 1-3%.

So, you can count on this calculation to make yourself an estimation. This rate is variable depending on the nature/category of your goods.

Moving service between Vietnam and China

Do you have problems with packing, storage, wrapping or customs clearance? Let us turn them into OUR problems between Vietnam and China. Are you interested in our moving services ? Have a look on our dedicated page : Moving services

 

Free regulation advisor

Our experience in this field (especially between Vietnam and China) has enabled us to be unstoppable on all administrative matters. Our answers will be efficient and will save you time and money.

What are you waiting for? Please contact us.

 

DocShipper | Your dedicated freight forwarder in Vietnam !

 

Due to our attractive pricing, many customers trust our services and we thanks them. Stop overpaying the services and save money with our tailored package matching will all type of shipment, from small volume to full container, let us find the best and cost-effective solution.

Communication is important, which is why we strive to discuss in the most suitable way for you!

Freight Vietnam – UK _ Rates – Transit Times – Duties & Taxes

Freight Vietnam – UK | Rates – Transit Times – Duties & Taxes

Are you about to import (or export) products between the UK and Vietnam? You still have a doubt regarding the regulation or transport method? This is because it is very difficult to find decent information among the ton of online advice that FNM Vietnam has done its “country guide”.

1) What is the best method to ship your goods from Vietnam to UK?

UK is currently representing the second major economy in the European continent after Germany. Its great population of more than 60 million consumers is attracting worldwide investors to do business in this dynamic market. Composed by two major islands, the United Kingdom is deeply relying on ocean freight to link its insulated territory to the rest of the world. The country has a deep history of water navigation, which explains its numerous busy sea ports bordering the coast. To diversify its transport infrastructures, the UK also invested in different other transport solution. Among all of them, the most original is the Eurotunnel, which connects directly UK to Europe, by the north of France. Air transportations are also well-developed and numerous international airports are welcoming global passengers and freight. It is not clear how the economic future of the country will be shaped, as the Brexit is still on the line. To maintain its economical interest, UK may join the CPTPP or have its own FTA with Vietnam and other countries, in case of leaving from the European Union.

 

1.1) Sea freight shipping from Vietnam to UK

1.1.1) Overview - Ocean cargo from Vietnam to UK

The ocean freight flows in the UK are well shared between the numerous sea ports bordering different coasts and countries. The strength of the UK ports, despite their individual small sizes, is the greatness of their total traffic, if you’re combining all them together. In 2017, 471 million of tonnes of cargos were handled in the UK, for instance. UK is very spirited in terms of sea transportations. The biggest economical partners of the UK are the EU and internationally China. Vietnam comes at the 22nd place.

Another particularity in UK is that their ports are also greatly exchanging between them. Here is a list of the busiest ports in the UK (by quantity):

  1. Grimsby & Immingham
  2. London
  3. Southampton
  4. Liverpool
  5. Milford Haven

 

1.1.2) Shipping company offering services from Vietnam to UK ports

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1.1.2.1) Port of Grimsby & Immingham

Grimsby & Immingham is among the 3 busiest ports of the Kingdom. It is a key port for the UK imports. 54.4 million of tonnes were administered in G&I in 2016.  It is the 2nd port of the country in terms of Roro cargo, the 3rd in terms of oil products and the 5th for the liquid bulk. In 2016, it administered 16 million of tonnes of Roro cargo, 12 million of tonnes of oil products and 19 million of tonnes of liquid bulk.

75% of the shipments handled are imported in this port. Only 10% of the shipment are traded with other domestic ports. Half of the goods handled are exchanged with the EU and 25% with international destinations.

 

1.1.2.2) Port of Liverpool

Like Grimsby & Immingham, port of Liverpool is equally focused on imports with 75% of the cargo managed imported. The majority of the exchanges through Liverpool are made with the EU and international ports, only 20% are made with other UK ports. Liverpool is the 4th largest UK port for Roro cargo, and the 7th for liquid bulk. Respectively 11 million and 8 million of tonnes of liquid bulk and Roro cargo were handled there in 2016. A total of 32 million of tonnes of goods were handle in Liverpool during the same year.

 

1.1.2.3) Port of Forth

Cargo flows in Port of Forth are largely oriented on exports, with 80% of the goods’ flows leaving the port, and only 20% entering in the port. 23 million of tonnes of liquid bulk were managed there, which is making Forth the second biggest port in the UK for this type of goods in 2016. Still in this category, Oil products represented 6 million of tonnes in 2016, which ranks Forth at the fifth national place for oil products. In this port are also handled 16% of UK Liquid and Natural Gas (LNG).

10% of the goods managed are coming from UK, 30% from the world and 60% from the EU. They were 27.5 million of tonnes handled totally in Forth in 2016.

 

1.1.2.4) Port of Tees & Hartlepool

Like Forth, Tees & Hartlepool ports is widely oriented on exports, which is representing 66% of the port’s flows. With a management of 20 million of tonnes of liquid bulk in 2016, it is the 4th busiest port of the country for liquid bulk cargos. 75% of the shipments managed in T&H are liquid bulk, the other cargo are mostly dry and Roro cargos. 10% of the flows in T&H are made with Mediterranean countries, 20% with international destinations, 24% with domestic ports and 55% with the EU. T&H managed a total of 27 million of tonnes of shipments in 2016.

 

1.1.2.5) Port of Felixstowe

Felixstowe is a more balanced port compared to the previous detailed, with 55% of the goods handled being imported and 45% exported. Only 25% of the goods traded in Felixstowe are exchanged with the EU, and only 1% are shared with other domestic ports. The vast majority of goods are traded with international ports. Also the Lolo shipments are part of 90% of the cargo handled there, the other 10% being Roro shipments. In 2016, a total of 28 million of tonnes of goods were administered there.

 

1.1.2.6) Port of Southampton

Port of Southampton is also one of the busiest ports in UK. 36 million of tonnes of goods were handled in Southampton in 2016. Its trade flows are very balanced internationally and inward/outward also. 45% of the goods are entering while 55% are departing from Southampton. It is the 3rd most important UK port for liquid bulk, as 20 million of tonnes were handled in 2016. 9 million of tonnes of this liquid bulk are oil products, which is ranking Southampton 4th in UK for this category of goods. 55% of the goods administered in Southampton are liquid bulk. A big part of the other goods handled there are Lolo cargo, as high as 30%.

 

1.1.2.7) Port of London

London is one of the major UK ports for exports, which is representing 85% of the port flows. Half of the flows are exchanged with the EU, 20% with other UK ports and the rest with international destinations. For Roro cargo, it is the third port of the UK, with 8 million of tonnes administered in 2016. It is also the 6th busiest port of the Kingdom for liquid bulk, with 15 million of tonnes managed in the same year. 13 million of tonnes of the same liquid bulk products, were oil products, which makes of London the 2nd biggest port for oil management in the UK. A total of 50 million of tonnes of goods were administered there in 2016.

 

1.1.2.8) Port of Milford Haven

Milford Haven is also one of the largest ports in the UK. It is the first for liquid bulk cargo, with 33 million of tonnes administered there in 2016. 55% of all the LNG in UK is flowing through Milford Haven and it is 97% of the total cargo handled here. 35 million of tonnes were administered through Milford Haven in 2016. Goods in Milford Haven are traded in equal proportions with the EU and the non-EU Mediterranean countries, a large part is also traded with international destinations.

 

1.1.2.9) Port of Dover

Dover port is the 1st UK port for Roro handling in 2016, with 27 million of tonnes administered. All these goods are traded entirely with the EU and is exclusively composed of Roro cargos. Quite balanced, 45% of the flows are export and 55% are import.

   

1.1.3) Should I ship by consolidation or full container from Vietnam to UK?

1.1.3.1) What is LCL?

There are two methods to manage goods in a container, and LCL is the first one. LCL stands for “Less than a container Load”, which means that your shipment will not fully load the container. In order to optimize the container space, other small shipments will be consolidated to yours in the container, so the container will travel full. In addition to being space-saving, it is more economic because the total volume in the container will be fairly charged to all the shippers/consignees. You will only pay for the space you’re using.

 

1.1.3.2) What is FCL?

FCL is the second method used to manage containers’ inside. Contrarily to LCL, there is only one shipment fulfilling the container. This method is privileged and interesting for voluminous shipments. By voluminous, we’re talking about shipments larger than 15 CBM.

 

1.1.3.3) In which conditions is FCL recommended?

There are two situations where FCL is preferred as LCL:

  • The first is when your shipment is large or heavy enough to fulfil it entirely
  • The second is when your volume is big enough to be financially more advantageous than LCL, depending on the carrier

 

1.1.3.4) How can I determine which solution is better appropriated?

If you’re still unsure what you must choose between the two methods, here is a table summing up the benefits and drawbacks of each:

FCL LCL
Benefits
The transfer will be shorter in time than LCL Ideal for small shipments
You’ll pay less on a CBM basis than LCL You will not have to decant and unload the container
Your goods will only be manipulated by the shipper and the consignee You’re only paying for what you’re using
Drawbacks
It is your responsibility to decant and unload the container Prices are higher than FCL on a CBM basis
It isn’t shaped for shipments below 10 CBMs Always longer than FCL, due to the consolidation and splitting process
The decanting of the container requires skills and labour Numerous handling phases are necessary

1.1.4) How long does it take to ship from Vietnam to UK by sea freight?

HCMC Quy Nhon/Da Nang  Hai Phong
Orkney / Sullom Voe 35 days 41 days 30 days
Aberdeen / Forth 35 days 41 days 30 days
Tees & Hartlepool / Grimsby & Immingham 34 days 40 days 29 days
Felixstowe / Dover / Medway / London 30 days 40 days 29 days
 Portsmouth / Southampton / Plymouth 32 days 39 days 28 days
Bristol / Newport / Milford Haven 35 days 39 days 28 days
 Liverpool / Manchester / Heysham 40 days 40 days 29 days
Warrenpoint / Belfast / Larne 36 days 40 days 29 days
Loch Ryan / Glensanda / Clyde 36 days 40 days 29 days

*This transit times are just approximate; our consultants will provide you further details if you are interested.

 

1.1.5) How much does it cost to ship a container from Vietnam to UK?

*In general, sea freight is the most preferred transfer method by British importers. It is justified because it is the most cost-effective method for large and regular shipments.

This explains largely why most of the cargos between Vietnam and UK are transferred through ocean freight. Air freight is becoming greatly expensive when your shipment is above 1 CBM and 100 kgs, and because of geography, rail freight isn’t existing yet between the two countries. Despite being much longer in times to deliver, sea freight is by far the most cost-effective solution between the two countries.

1.1.6) Special sea freight services

1.1.6.1) Reefer container from Vietnam to UK  

Reefer containers are well-appreciated and used in the food and chemical industries. It is explained because great quantities of goods, that requires special environmental conditions to be stored, can be transferred in a container where the temperature and humidity rates are constantly monitored. Between both continents, FNM Vietnam can book and plan your reefer container freight.

 

1.1.6.2) Roro/Bulk/OOG from Vietnam to UK 

Roll-on/Roll-off vessels, called “Roro” for ease in the shipping industry, are built similarly to ferry ships. In their end, a retractable ramp is enabling to load great volumes on goods transported on platforms or on trailers. The automobile industry is largely using this method to transfer vehicles worldwide. All types of vehicles can be loaded inside Roro vessels, like cars, trucks, buses, pleasure boats…

Bulk is a method of transport used by many sectors, that are requiring to transport great quantities of raw products. Agriculture, energy, and many other industries are largely using it. There are mostly two types of bulk cargos, solid and liquid. Bulk cargo ships are boats composed with several large tanks that can be fulfilled with great quantities of raw shipments like cereals, corn, ores, wood for solid bulk, and fuel, gas, oil, for liquid bulk.

OOG cargos is another particular category of goods. OOG means “Out of Gauge” which is designating all sorts of elaborated goods that can’t be loaded inside a traditional container due to their weight or dimensions. These kinds of cargos are generally charged on a platform or a trailer to be transported. By sea freight, they can be loaded on the last stage of container ship or inside Roro vessels to navigate through the world. Because of their volume, they need to be handled with the greatest care.

1.2) Air freight shipping from Vietnam to UK

1.2.1) Overview – Classic vs Express air freight

As you may think, the major difference between express and classic air freight is the necessary time to deliver your goods. The time delay between courier (express) and classic is mostly due to the customs clearance process. In Express air freight, the clearance is done by the express company in its facilities, which is needing a few dozen of minutes at most. For Classic air freight, the customs clearance is made the traditional way, which is requiring several hours or days in extreme cases. So, for express air freight, 4 days at most are required to deliver your goods, while at least a week is necessary for a classic air freight.

Classic Air freight Express air freight (courier)
Benefits
More flexible than Express The quickest transfer method on earth
More competitive than courier for large volumes Mostly used and suitable for small cargo
Faster than maritime freight Very efficient process to clear your goods
Prices per CBM are decreasing in function of the volume  
You will only pay for the space you require
Drawbacks
Need more time than express freight The most onerous way to transfer goods, especially for voluminous shipments
Ocean freight is cheaper  
Some kinds of goods are refused due to their hazard (lithium batteries…)

 

1.2.1.1) What should I choose between courier air freight and classic air freight?

It is again a matter of dimensions and weight. First of all, Air freight comes with more benefits than ocean freight for goods that are smaller than 2 CBM and 150 kgs. Between courier and regular air freight, the second is usually more advantageous for shipments larger than 0.5 CBM and heavier than 30 kgs. Below these numbers, express air freight is more competitive.

 

1.2.1.2) What is the difference between volumetric and gross weight?

*For classic air freight, two different methods are used to sort out how you will pay for you shipment’s transfer. It enables company to consider the density of your items.

Gross and volumetric weight are those two methods, the airline will calculate your shipment weight with the two methods, and the biggest results will be kept rating your cargo. It’s easy to determine and you can also do it by yourself to estimate. The two pictures below are showing the way to determine each result:

how to calculate gross weighthow to calculate volumetric weight

1.2.2) Should I choose a Classic Air freight from Vietnam to UK?

1.2.2.1) Which airlines company should you ship with?
1.2.2.2) How long is the transfer from Vietnam to UK by air freight?

On door-to-door, between the airports in Vietnam and in UK, around 20 hours are necessary to transfer your goods. If a pickup and a delivery at place are required, further time will be needed to transfer your goods.

 

1.2.2.3) How much does it cost to ship a parcel from Vietnam to UK?

Like ocean freight, numerous different parameters are influencing your freight cost, so it will not be accurate to provide you an estimated price. We’re still quoting each air freight request individually, so we will provide you the best rates based on the information you provided to us. Don’t hesitate to reach our freight consultants, to know how much will cost our air freight services.    

 

1.2.3) Should I choose an Express Air freight from Vietnam to UK?

1.2.3.1) Express service – Perfect solution for small package

As detailed before, classic air freight is competitive for shipments big enough, but for small shipments, express is the most competitive and efficient transport solution. Express air freight is mostly recommended for shipments lighter than 25 kgs and tinier than 0.5 CBM. And it is still unbeatably the quickest freight solution of our times. Despite being advised for small shipments FNM Vietnam can still book express air freight for voluminous shipment, if absolutely required.

 

1.2.3.2) How long does it take for a package to be shipped from Vietnam to the UK?

The plane travel duration is still the same between courier and regular air freight. It’s only the other steps of the process that are better accomplished by express companies, which explains why it is quicker. So, 4 days at the most are needed for courier companies to deliver your goods at your address in the UK, considering the shipment was taken in charge at the shipper’s location.

 

1.2.3.3) How much an Express service costs from Vietnam to UK?

*A different way to proceed is used by courier companies to quote the freight of your goods. Differently than gross and volumetric weight, the ratio used is 1 CBM = 200 kgs

As you may have understood, no matter what the freight method is, it is always difficult to provide average rates to customers. Express is not spared from this rule, as many parameters needs to be taken into account also. Once we’re informed enough on your requirements, we will be able to build a detailed quote tailored to your needs. We will provide it to you in the best time right after. Also, we have very attractive rates with the courier companies. You will not be offered such competitive prices if you’re reaching the express carriers on your own. This is explained because we’re providing them great volumes of goods each weeks, that enables us to have discounts.

1.2.4) Major airports to ship in UK

London

1.2.4.1) Gatwick Airport

97 thousand tonnes were administered in Gatwick airport in 2017. A huge part of this cargo volume (94.9 thousand tonnes) has been traded with international countries, while only 1.8 thousand tonnes were involving the EU. The rest of the cargo was shared with other UK airports.

 

1.2.4.2) Heathrow Airport

Heathrow is the most important freight airport of London. In 2017, 1.7 million tonnes of cargo were administered in London Heathrow. Among all these shipments 1.58 million tonnes were exchanged with international destinations, while 111 thousand tonnes were shared with countries within the European Union. All other shipments were traded with domestic destinations.

 

1.2.4.3) Stansted Airport

Stansted is the second busiest London airport, far after the tremendous Heathrow Airport. 2017 has been a busy year for Stansted, with 237 thousand tonnes of goods managed. A majority of goods were traded with other international airports, representing 161 thousand tonnes of goods. With the EU the exchanges were of 75 thousand tonnes in the same year, while the last 1203 tonnes were involving other Airports within the United Kingdom

 

UK

1.2.4.4) Belfast International Airport

A small amount of cargo is traded through air freight in Belfast. In 2017, 12.3 thousand tonnes of goods went through BIA. The majority of goods exchanged in Belfast are with the other UK airports, 11204 tonnes are coming from domestic airports. Only 11 tonnes are exchanged with international destinations, and 1094 tonnes are directly shared with the EU.    

 

1.2.4.5) Birmingham Airport

The airport of Birmingham managed 42 thousand tonnes of goods in 2017. Among this volume, 12.6 thousand tonnes were traded with European countries, 25.1 thousand tonnes were shared with airports worldwide and only 4 thousand tonnes were involving other airports in the United Kingdom. 

 

1.2.4.6) Doncaster Sheffield Airport

Doncaster Sheffield is one of the few UK airports which isn’t trading goods with other domestic airports. In 2017, 8.6 thousand tonnes of goods were handled in DSA. 2.2 thousand tonnes were exchanged with destinations in the EU, while the other 6.4 thousand tonnes were directly traded with international destinations.

 

1.2.4.7) East midlands international Airport

East Midlands International Airport can be considered as an important airport for UK’s international trade. In 2017, 3.2 hundred thousand tonnes of goods flowed through EMIA. Among this quantity, 2.2 hundred thousand tonnes were exchanged with the European Union and 61 thousand tonnes were traded internationally. 43 thousand tonnes of cargo were exchanged with other airports within the UK.

 

1.2.4.8) Edinburgh Airport

In 2017, Edinburgh Airport administered a total of 20.7 thousand tonnes of goods. The majority of the goods exchanges are made with other UK airports, for a volume of 10.4 thousand tonnes. Around 10 thousand tonnes are also traded with the European countries, while only 152 tonnes are exchanged with other international destinations.

 

1.2.4.9) Glasgow Airport

In 2017, 16 thousand tonnes of goods were traded through Glasgow Airport. The vast majority of these quantity is exchanged with non-European destinations, counting for 14.2 thousand tonnes of goods. Only 8 hundred tonnes of cargo were shared with European countries, and the last 901 tonnes were exchanged with domestic airports.

 

1.2.4.10) Manchester Airport

In 2017 in Manchester Airport, 120 thousand tonnes of cargo were administered. The European Union was involved for 7.3 thousand tonnes of this total cargo volume. Most of the volume of goods traded in MA are involved with international destinations, representing a quantity of 113 thousand tonnes of goods. The 830 tonnes remaining were traded with domestic airports.

 

1.2.4.11) Newcastle Airport

5.5 thousand tonnes of goods were handled in Newcastle Airport in 2017. Among this quantity, around 5 thousand tonnes are exchanged with international airports, and 480 tonnes are traded with the European Union. The last 39 tonnes remaining were cargos traded with other domestic airports.

 

1.2.4.12) Prestwick Airport

In 2017, 11.4 thousand tonnes of goods were traded through Prestwick Airport. No cargos in Prestwick were exchanged with other UK airports. 3.5 thousand tonnes of goods were exchanged with European countries, while the remaining 7.8 thousand tonnes of goods were traded with international airports.

 

1.3) Door to door from Vietnam to UK

1.3.1) Overview – Door to Door

Door-to-door freight is the most comfortable freight solution for customers. It’s an All-inclusive freight service which is involving you the least possible during the transfer of your shipment. We will completely execute and manage the different steps of your freight, like the customs clearance, the trucking, the air or ocean freight, the warehousing… You will just have to receive the goods at the address you transmitted us. You will have all the necessary time to achieve other tasks in domains you’re mastering well, while we’ll regularly keep you in touch with the progress of your freight. This freight service is greatly appreciated by our customers, as it is providing them serenity, while we’re mastering every phase of the transfer.

 

1.3.2) Why door to door service is necessary?

As a process mastered from start to the end by only one entity, door-to-door is enabling us to ensure the greatest fluidity of your goods. Our agents in Vietnam and in the UK will team up to achieve greatly your shipment transfer. This will enable us to avoid most of the mistakes caused by a lack of communication involving different enterprises for a single freight. All added fees and delays will be dodged. Also, the most delicate step which is the customs clearance will be greatly operated thanks to our customs clearance specialists, both in Vietnam and in the UK. All these reasons are explaining why door-to-door is a hassle-free service.

2) Customs clearance in UK for goods imported from Vietnam

The customs procedure for import and export in the UK is, like any other advanced country, very precise and automatized. Because Vietnam and the United Kingdom doesn’t have any FTA (Free Trade Agreement) linking them together, the clearance will be operated the standard way. This will result on average and not reduced paperwork to do, and normal import taxes to pay for your goods to enter the UK territory. You may be worried about how the Brexit will impact the customs operations in the UK, but as far as it comes, the same process will certainly still be remained for goods traded between the two countries. It will also the same process if you’re importing British products in Vietnam.

 

2.1) How much will I pay?

Before beginning all procedures, it is necessary to have a precise estimation of how much will cost the customs clearance and the transfer of your goods in the UK. Like any other countries that are part of the WTO (World Trade Organization), Vietnam and the UK are using the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, to designated traded goods the same way. This means that all the articles traded in the world are referenced with the same ID code, no matter the country. This code, the “HS code”, is composed of 6 figures.

 

2.1.1) Calculate applicable tariff with the HS code

The HS code of a pineapple is 08043010. You’re wanting to learn what is the meaning beside this code? The following picture will precisely describe it to you :

hs code of a pineapple

First, you may not know what is the HS code designating your goods. The Canadian post implemented a great web tool that helps you to sort it out. Let’s stay in the pineapple example. If you’re typing pineapple in the search bar, you will first be been asked to choose the country of destination. After choosing UK, it will provide you the following HS code:

How to find HS code on the Canada post website

The official website of the UK government has also a page made to determine HS code for products. It is called the look up commodity code. If you’re trying to find what the HS code of pineapples is, just type pineapple in the search bar, and it will show you the result which is:

how to determine hs code on gov.uk

As you can see the applicable rates to pineapples are showing 5.80% import duties and no VAT inherent on this product.

 

2.1.2) Different taxes existing for your goods

2.1.2.1) GST/VAT in the UK

In the United Kingdom, there are three different VAT rates, the zero rate of VAT, the reduced rate of VAT and the standard rate of VAT:

  • The standard rate of VAT is of 20%
  • The reduced rate of VAT is of 5%
  • And the zero rate of VAT is of 0%

All these rates are applicable to a scope of goods and services, which you can precisely determine in the UK’s government guidance for VAT rates page.

 

2.2) How to get a taxes exemption?

Because the Kingdom is still in negotiations for its retirement from the European Union, the UK government absolutely needs to counterbalance the trade advantages he will lose over the Brexit. As the EU and Vietnam should have put in application the EVFTA, a potential exit of the UK may it also exit it of the FTA. The UK is still working on its side with Vietnam, either to keep the agreement valid between the two countries, or to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which is involving Vietnam and many other countries. So, there will be no solution of exemption by searching this way. The only way to have an exoneration of import taxes will be to be benefiting of the GSP.

 

2.2.1) The Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP)

Vietnam takes part in the list of countries included in the general arrangement of the GSP of the European Union. Considered as a developing country, imports of products made in Vietnam is subject to reduced or zero import rates.

To benefit of this measure, you must provide to UK customs, the certificate of origin of your products, proving that they’ve been made in Vietnam. Of course, this very advantageous policy isn’t applicable for imports of competitive categories of goods, like clothing, textile and footwear.

 

2.2.2) The general arrangement

All the products benefiting of the general arrangement are listed in the Annex V of the REGULATION (EU) No 978/2012 of 25 October 2012. You can consult it to know if the goods you’re aiming to import can benefit of it.

Depending on the Sensitive (S) or non-sensitive (NS) character of your goods, the import taxes will be respectively reduced or zero. Still in the Annex V, you can determine the sensitiveness of a product. Non-sensitive products are totally exonerated of import taxes, except on agricultural goods.

2.2.3) Sensitive products

There are two type of sensitive products, the products subject to ad valorem taxes and other subject to specific taxes.

Ad valorem taxes are applied on products of the chapter 1 to 49 and 64 to 97. On these products, import taxes are reduced of 3.5%. It is also applied on textile products mentioned in the chapters 50 to 63. Here, import taxes are reduced by 20%.

If a sensitive product is applied both by ad valorem and specific right, ad valorem is always the chosen right.

To know the applicable import taxes to your products made in Vietnam, you must:

1 – Verify if the goods are mentioned in the Annex V of the general arrangement.

2 – determine if the goods are sensitive or non-sensitive in the Annex II of the same document.

 

2.3) Does FNM Vietnam charge duty?

FNM Vietnam is charging the handling and preparation of the documents. But we’re not taking any advantage of the import taxes applicable on your goods, and we’ll provide you all documents written by the UK customs to guarantee you a complete transparency of the handling of your goods in the UK.

2.4) Customs contacts

Contact at the Vietnamese customs

logo of the vietnamese customs

Official name: General Department of Vietnam Customs

Website: Vietnamese Customs

 

Contact at the British customs

Official name: HM Revenue and Customs

Website: British Customs

2.5) Customs process

If you haven’t done it yet, register an EORI number to be able to import Vietnamese goods in UK. You will be granted it after 3 working days.

The first step you’ll have to accomplish with customs is to declare your import. The duties and VAT are coming after.

 

2.5.1) Import declarations to customs

The import declaration in UK can be done electronically or with paper files. If you’re importing your goods in the UK via rail freight (which is almost impossible departing from Vietnam), you have to send to British customs an Entry Summary Declaration. This is necessary because before entering in the Kingdom, your goods will travel through the EU. If you’re not skilled, here is a guideline to achieve the import declaration by yourself.

 

2.5.2) Paying duty on imports from Vietnam

As you probably imagine, your shipment will only be released from UK customs once that all duties and taxes have been paid. If you’re importing goods temporarily in the UK, with the purpose to move them to another country, you can claim to customs to be refunded the import taxes and VAT back. It is also possible to ask for a delay payment, for all shipments import with a non-EU country.

Once the payment is received by UK customs for your import, they will release the shipment, so it can reach its final destination.

 

2.5.3) Paying VAT on imports from Vietnam

If it is your first import in the UK, you’re liable to pay import taxes and VAT directly to the HM Revenue and Customs.

After the payment proceeded, the HMRC will provide you the import tax certificate, to officialise that you paid the VAT and duties. This document is called the form 79.

Below is detailed the import process of your goods, precisely with the UK customs:

The scheme of the customs process

2.6) What are the Licenses required (import & export)?

Before implementing any import or export process in the UK, you must verify if the goods you’re aiming to import are requiring a License. Of course, if it is applicable, you can’t import or export such shipments without the applicable licenses. Legal sanctions can be taken by customs against you. Such licenses are also required for temporary imports or exports.

 

2.6.1) Import license

You must have an import License in the UK to import shipments of:

  • Food
  • Textile
  • Chemicals
  • Medicines
  • Plants and Animals
  • Firearms

*If your products have a particular country of origin, Import License may not be required

 

2.6.2) Export license

Export license will be required to send shipments out of the UK territory, containing:

  • Medicines
  • Chemicals
  • Artworks
  • Plants and animals
  • Military or paramilitary items
  • Technology

The needing of an export license is determined by the type of products you’re sending, and also the country where you’re sending them. It is in order to prevent any misuse that may be done with your goods. e.g, weapons and ammunitions to East Africa.

You will find more information on the import and export guidance GOV page.

 

2.7) Necessary documents

2.7.1) The Bill of lading or Airway bill

The BL (Bill of Lading) has a double usage for your cargo. It is similar to a passport and a boarding pass for your shipment. Once the BL is released, your goods are able to travel through sea and ocean. Depending on the chosen freight solution, it can be a Bill of Lading for all ocean freight, and an Airway Bill for all Air freight. The BL is proving to customs authority that the shipping was legally established, because the carrier is releasing it once he received payment for the transfer. In international trade and logistics this document is one of the most important, with the certificate of origin.

The pictures below are example of Bill of Lading, with the details of each information written on:

explanation of the information on a Bill of Ladingexample of a Bill of Lading 

2.7.2) The original invoice

The original invoice will be used by the HMRC to ensure that the products you’re importing in your shipment are corresponding to the one you declared through your import declaration.

 

2.7.3) The packing list

The packing list is a document describing all the products you’re importing. The HS code, weight and number of each items are described in that document. If you’re importing dangerous goods to the UK, the MSDS data sheet and the international code of the good must be precised.

 

2.7.4) Certificate of Origin

Like the Bill of Lading, the certificate of origin is one of the most important documents for import and export businesses. If you want to benefit from the GSP tariff treatment, you must show the CO to the UK customs in order to prove that your goods were “made in Vietnam”. This certificate must be issued by a Vietnamese government agency and be signed by your manufacturer. Of course, you must check that the manufacturer is able to provide such documents, before purchasing goods from him if you want to benefit of the GSP.

Below is an example of a certificate of origin (a Chinese one here):

Chinese Certificate of Origin

2.8) Prohibited items in the UK

Some goods cannot be imported in the UK. Such products are:

  • Offensive or defensive weapons like pepper sprays, CS gas, flick knives…
  • endangered animal and plant species
  • Illegal drugs
  • rough diamonds
  • obscene or amoral materials
  • Imports for personal use of meats and dairies from countries outside the EU

 

2.9) Restricted items in the UK

The restricted goods in the UK are requiring a special import licence delivered by a precise authority in Great Britain. Firearms, ammunitions and explosives are requiring such authorisation.

Agricultural and food products are also restricted if they:

  • May contain pests or other vegetal and animal diseases
  • Are imported for commercial use
  • Were not produced in a country of the EU

You will have more details about it on this page.

 

2.10) The Brexit impact on the European-Union Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) for UK

If the Brexit takes place, then the UK will exit from the customs union, which means that UK will have to leave all FTAs established by the European Union. It is mandatory because all members of a custom union should establish the same tariffs toward the other members and vice versa. As the automobile and pharmaceuticals sectors are accounting for most of the British exports, it will lose its competitivity compared to the European Union toward the Vietnamese market.

To avoid such losses, the UK government is willing to continue its existing investment and trade relations after the Brexit. This means that the Existing FTAs ratified with the EU will be reproduced at least in different forms for the UK, and the EVFTA is included.

This retention is aiming to protect British businesses from a drastic change that they may not be able to swallow.

So, the UK government is doing all its best, especially toward Vietnam, to keep its hardly negotiated privilege for trades in Vietnam.

 

2.11) Trade relationship between Vietnam and the UK

According to the last statistics established by the World Bank in terms of trades (2017), Vietnam is the 51st export partner and the 22nd import partner of the UK. On the opposite way, the UK is the 9th export partner and the 22nd import partner of Vietnam. Still in 2017 flows of goods departing from Vietnam and going to UK were valued at 5.4 billion USD, while flows from UK to Vietnam were valued at 745 million USD. As usual when it comes to Vietnam, the trade balance is largely benefiting to Vietnam with the UK.

The United Kingdom is largely importing broadcasting equipment, furniture, textile footwear, leather footwear, computers, coconuts, Brazil nuts and cashews, non-knit women and men’s suit from Vietnam.

In counterparts, the biggest exports of the UK to Vietnam are packaged medicaments, recovered paper, gas turbines, broadcasting equipment, antibiotics, electric generating sets, hard liquor, pesticides and cars.

3) Additional services

3.1) Our warehousing services

3.1.1) Storage service in Vietnam

We can welcome and store your goods all the time you want in our great warehouses of HCMV, Hai Phong and Quy Nhon. We can then send them on your request, to UK or in the delivery address in Vietnam, depending on the direction of your freight. Our very recent facilities, well designed and well maintained are secured 24/7 with CCTV equipment and our great security teams. We’re perfectly aware of anything happening and can act consequently in the best delays to avoid any issue.

 

3.1.2) Storage service in UK

In UK our network is enabling us to have also competitive rates for storage services in every city. We are also uncompromising on security there, and the same conditions are applied on both countries.

3.2) Our packing/unpacking services

3.2.1) Overview

You may be interested in packing your shipment on your own, to optimize your shipping budget? If yes, the following paragraphs are containing all the tricks and tips that a pro packer, like FNM Vietnam can provide to novice. But first, you should keep in mind before getting started that this is one of the most important phases of the transfer process, and it must be proceeded meticulously. The packing of your goods is enabling your cargo to travel the world without being damaged on arrival, so it is the first way to protect your goods. Also, if you prefer to use our packing services, do not hesitate to send us a quote request.

 

3.2.2) Packing material

3.2.2.1) Carton box

Carton is a packing material that is not very recent, since it has been used in various industries for decades. But its effectiveness is still making of it a very secure and convenient way to pack almost all types of goods. You must privilege inflexible and thick carton for your packing, as it will cover your goods against all constraints applied. Without regarding the shape and the volume of your products our teams can handle their package securely, and will only use premium carton to avoid any problems during the freight.

 

3.2.2.2) Palletization

Like cartons, pallets are an industrial classic when it comes to the goods’ conditioning. Strong and adherent, great quantities of products can be put on top of it. It is also very convenient to handle your goods with pallet truck, thanks to this object. In our facilities we can palletize your goods if needed, in case your manufacturer can’t do it. We’re having all types and dimension of pallets, to make sure it will be adapted to the goods you’re forwarding.

 

3.2.2.3) Wooden boxes

If your items are too voluminous, or requires greater protection than carton and pallet, we can put them in a wooden crate before their transfer. We can place them inside a box or a crate, depending on your goods’ type. If your goods must be placed and handled in a particular direction during their transfer, the wooden box will be preferred. If your goods aren’t requiring a precise direction, then the crate is more appropriate. This process can be perfectly handled by our packing teams. They can realize tailored crates adapted to the size and weight of your goods.

 

3.2.2.4) Others: bubble wrap, tape, wrapping paper, polystyrene…

These aren’t the main wrapping materials but shouldn’t be neglected during any packing. They are softening the contact between your goods and the carton or crate. The bubble wrap should be placed in numerous layers around each object, while the polystyrene should be put between your items and the carton or crate. These great materials are almost always used by our teams to protect your goods.

 

3.2.3) Why packing is important for the insurance?

That’s a very delicate point. If your goods are damaged during their freight, the insurance covering them will not refund you asap. First, they will investigate if your goods were packed professionally or not. If they realize that you packed your goods by yourself, chances are great that they will refuse to reimburse your loss. They can’t refuse if it was made by professionals, like FNM Vietnam. To avoid any trouble, lost money and time, we’re strongly advising you to use our packing services, or services from any other pros. This will give you the greatest peace of mind.

3.3) Freight insurance

3.3.1) How much does a freight insurance cost?

To sort out the price of your freight insurance, a simple calculation based on the price of your goods is made.

Here is the method used to determine the price of your freight insurance: freight cost + shipment value * 2-3%

The percentage is depending on your products type.

As you may think, you will have a lower insurance price if you’re declaring a lower value of your goods. Even if it’s true, it isn’t recommended because in case of trouble, the insurance will partially reimburse you, based on your small product value. Also, it is pointless to declare a higher value, as you will only pay an unnecessary high freight insurance.

3.4) Supplier management in Vietnam

3.4.1) Control quality in Vietnam

Quality control is very important, because if your goods are too fragile, or the packing is insufficient, chances are that some breakage will happen during the freight. This is why we always check your shipment before containerizing it, to be sure everything will be proceeded greatly. That’s why we’re always reaching your supplier or manufacturer first, to establish a great communication with them, and make sure everything is alright. Hence, we will dodge most of the issues that may appear.

 

3.4.2) Relationship with supplier

As said above, we’ll always verify the category of your goods, the HS code, their size, the packing… before any further process even if the incoterm of your transfer is FOB (Free on Board). Our multilingual team, proficient in English, French, and Vietnamese will greatly communicate with your manufacturer to make sure all the necessary conditions are reached to transfer your goods. So, the documents, the conditioning and the handling of your goods will be mastered, and nothing will be left to chance. The international transfer of your goods will be fluid and uninterrupted.

 

3.5) 3PL Services in Vietnam

3.5.1) Order fulfillment/Packing & labelling in Vietnam

We have packing and fulfilment centers here in Vietnam, to fully manage your inventory if required. We understand that the supply chain of an ecommerce is very difficult to master, especially if you’re not located in the sourcing country. We’re able to pack and forward your goods anywhere in the world to satisfy your clients. You can greatly rely on us for the management of your inventory and the customer support.

3.5.2) Last mile delivery

No matter where your customers are in UK, our great international network of messengers can deliver the shipment to the final address. They are achieving a great role in our door-to-door services, always increasing the quality of the service provided.

 

3.6) Shipping personal effects from Vietnam

3.6.1) Excess baggage

It’s not uncommon for tourists travelling in Vietnam, to fell in love with the country, and to take back home to UK numerous souvenirs. But if you’re bringing home much more goods than on arrival, you might have issues with your airline, and some goods may be refused. On this purpose, we implemented our excess baggage services. We’re transferring your goods by express freight back to you, so you will receive them in the next days after your come back.

3.6.2) Moving service from Vietnam to UK

Between UK and Vietnam, we have very efficient and flexible relocation services, that will be tailored to your needs. If required, we can ensure the packing, the freight, the customs clearance and the storage of your personal effects in both continents. Our great relations with the Vietnamese customs will enable a smooth entrance or exit of your goods in Vietnam.

3.7) Free regulation advisor

Between Vietnam and the United Kingdom, we’re greatly skilled to handle all freight demands. We’re also proficient in sourcing in Vietnam, so if you have any questions about your supplier or manufacturer, or if you want to find some of the most valuable, we can help you on that also. On any aspect of your project, financial, administrative, legal… We can advise you on the best solutions to avoid any kind of misfortune.

 

4) FAQ – For 1st time importer from Vietnam

Do I need a license to import goods from Vietnam to UK?

Certain categories of items need an import authorization to travel freely inside the United Kingdom. Even if it isn’t necessary most of the time, it’s always great to verify, to avoid any misunderstanding situation. On the paragraph 2.7.1 of this page, we’re detailing the goods that are requiring such measures in UK.

Do I need a customs broker in UK?

Most of the time, people that aren’t skilled in customs clearance are accumulating unnecessary added fees and delays when trying to handle it on their own. That’s why it is recommended to ask for the services of a pro customs broker to ensure the process is made the best way. As it must be done as fast as possible, to avoid any useless charges, FNM Vietnam can represent you or your company toward both the British and the Vietnamese customs. If it’s not your first import for your product, and you master this kind of process, you can do it on your own for sure.

I’ve been told I need to get an EORI number how do I get this?

Even if the Brexit is putting some uncertainty on the import procedures in UK, the Kingdom is still apart of the EU’s custom territory. It means that like all other EU’s countries, an EORI number should be obtained by your enterprise before all import process.

How Can Air Freight Be Cheaper Than Ocean Freight?

It entirely depends on the dimensions and weight of your shipment. In general, goods larger than 1 CBM and heavier than 150 kgs are transported by ocean freight, if time is not a major issue, as it is far more competitive than air freight. Air freight is competitive below, but very expensive above. We’re discussing it in the paragraph 1.2.1.1), to help you choose the most suitable freight solution.

Do I need to pay insurance for my freight from Vietnam?

It isn’t mandatory to insure a freight. But do not rely on the carrier’s responsibility, as it is almost impossible to obtain anything from them if something happens to your cargo. If any issues occurring, the only way to get refunded for the loss you may suffer, is to have an insurance contract covering your goods. You can have further details on the freight insurance in the paragraph 3.3.1) above.

How do I reduce custom duty while importing goods from Vietnam to UK?

There are numerous solutions for you to pay the less import taxes possible in the United Kingdom for a cargo from Vietnam. We’re detailing all the possibilities in the paragraph 2.3 of this article.

Do I need to pay any duties and taxes in Vietnam?

In general, for any freight, you don’t have to pay any taxes in the country of departure, except if you’re exporting goods that are precious or sensitive in certain way for the country of export. Contrariwise, there is almost often some import taxes in the country of import.

How do I locate the import tariff for my product?

The gov.uk website has a convenient tool to calculate the duties on the product you’re aiming to import. We’re explaining you how to proceed on the paragraph 2.1.1) above.

EXW, FOB, or CIF?

In general, Vietnamese manufacturers, and Asians suppliers more largely are always selling their products on a FOB or EXW incoterm. CIF is chosen more occasionally.

Will Lunar New Year or holidays affect my shipment?

Of course. First you should know that the Chinese and Vietnamese new years have similarities. They are occurring at the same moment, but they have a day or two of delay. Usually, all the Vietnamese companies are off during a week or two, which means that you shouldn’t book a freight on that period of the year, because your goods will be sent with a week delay at least.

What method of payment is recommended for imports from Vietnam to UK?

There are several secured solutions to pay your Vietnamese supplier while staying in UK. The most recommended, and also most used are the Letter of Credit, the notorious Paypal, Alibaba Trade Assurance, cryptocurrencies or a wire transfer. Other payment solutions are not as secured as the one quoted. Also, if your supplier refuses to use one of these payment methods, it displays a lack of professionalism and seriousness. You should be more careful about trading with him in this condition.

Goods have arrived at my port in UK, how do I get them delivered to the final destination?

It depends on the selling contract you established with us. If we implemented a door-to-door freight (DAP or DAT incoterm) with you or your company, then you should not worry, the goods will be directly delivered to your address. Otherwise, if we established a freight regulated with the CFR or CIF incoterm, it means that we’re not in charge of the transfer of your goods in the UK territory. Then you should reach a freight forwarder in UK to achieve the last steps of your goods’ transfer.

 

FNM Door to Door services from Vietnam to UK– What we need to know to provide you a quote?  

To send you a detailed and accurate quote, we should base ourselves on the following documents and informations:

  • Dimensions and weight of your goods
  • HS Code
  • Pickup and delivery address
  • If you have them, the packing list and the pro forma invoice

If you have particular goods to transfer like hazardous or chemical products, then we’ll ask you further questions and documents, like the MSDS data sheet…

how can I ensure that I have selected the correct site/supplier/factory to shop on?  

There are a few steps that all importers should achieve before treating with any supplier/manufacturer. First you should verify the medium you used. If it is a sourcing agency, check its reputation in forums on the web, on google reviews… Do the same if you found them on a marketplace. Once the medium is checked, you can verify the supplier’s reputation directly. Follow the steps below, and you’ll know if you can trust him:

  • You should first make a detailed analysis of his customers. It is a proof of great products’ quality if the bigger part of his customers are located in North America, Australia and Europe for instance. You must be more careful if you find out that the major parts of his customers are based in the Middle East or in Africa. It probably means that their products aren’t qualitative.
  • Then you should check how is its products catalogue. If the products that he is offering are homogeneous and coherent, like silicone watch bands, silicone iPhone cases and other accessories in silicone, chances are that he is a manufacturer. Contrariwise, if the products proposed in its catalogue are motley, like iPhone cases, headphones, hand spinners and selfie sticks, chances are that he is a retailer and not a manufacturer. Usually, retailers are less worried on quality issues than manufacturers, which means that you should privilege to work with manufacturers directly if you’re able to.
  • In the end, you should verify the time since your supplier is existing on the internet, if you can track its activity for more than 5 years, it is a plus. If he’s been active for less than 2 years, you must be pernickety before ordering.

If you still don’t know what you think of the suppliers you selected, do not hesitate to reach us directly by mail or phone, to have our professional advices on whether you can trust your supplier or not.

 

FAQ – How FNM will help you?

Do you have a privacy policy?  

Of course, and you can reach it here on our website: privacy policy. All the details and information you will provide us will not be shared with any third parties. They are safely kept and only used to provide the best services possible.

What will you do next for customer services once I paid the cost?  

We’ll always stay in touch with you until the service is fully accomplished and you’re entirely satisfied of it. Communication is very important to deliver the best service, so we’ll tell you regularly each progress of your transfer. Your personal consultant can be reached whenever you want, by phone or email to answer all your questions.

I have bought many different items of goods from cities around Vietnam, could you gather together to send me?  

Yes, we have consolidation services in Vietnam that we can implement in our warehouse. You just have to provide us your supplier’s contact, so we can reach them and implement the transfer process the best way possible. Once collected, the goods will be assembled into a single shipment and sent in the address you need. You can contact our consolidation specialists to have further recommendations suitable to your precise situation. 

Can I change my shipping address after its been shipped?  

It is possible of course. If the situation is occurring, please contact us the soonest possible, so we can adapt ourselves and reorganize the transfer. Please note that it may slightly modify the freight price.

 

5) Conclusion

Here is all you need to know about freight and international trade between Vietnam and UK. We hope that all this great data helped you to see more clearly what you need to implement, and what you must avoid for all import/export purpose between the two countries. As the Brexit is still on the line, changes may have occurred at the time you’re reading this article. We’ll still update it the soonest. If it wasn’t enough, or that we didn’t answered what you were looking for, do not hesitate to reach one of our experts to have recommendations tailored to your situation. As we’re proficient for all supply chain issues, like sourcing and transferring goods, you can ask us anything on these topics. 

 

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🛳 Sea freight from Vietnam

Sea freight is the most common method of transport in international trades. It is way more used than the other long-distance freight methods, air and rail freight. This page is explaining the interests of ocean freight, and all the subtlety you must know for a sea freight from or to Vietnam. FNM Vietnam can provide you all type of sea freight services, from and to Vietnam, join our consultants to know more.

1) Sea freight shipping from Vietnam: Rates, time and Procedure

1.1) LCL and Consolidation services from Vietnam

LCL is one of the two existing methods to manage space in a container. It is used when your shipment is not voluminous enough to fulfill entirely a container. In this case, your shipment will be associated to several other small shipments from various consignees, to entirely fulfill the container. Then, all consignees will be charged only for the space they’re using. The pricing is per CBM.

 

1.2) FCL services from Vietnam

FCL is the second method existing to manage container space. It is used if your shipment is big enough to fulfill entirely the container, or at least to be financially advantageous to rent the full container.

1.3) FCL or LCL?

Here is a comparative table, providing you all the advantages and drawbacks of the two methods, to help you choose.

LCL FCL
Advantages
Very flexible way to send goods Total duration of the transfer will be shorter than LCL
It will be easier for you to receive your goods Prices per CBM are more advantageous than LCL
You’re only charged for what you use Only two persons will handle your goods, your supplier and yourself
Very effective for small shipments  
Drawbacks
Prices per CBM are higher than in FCL You will have to handle the decanting on your own
The transfer total duration will be longer than FCL Not adapted for small shipments
Your shipment will undergo numerous handlings The decanting is a complex process requiring time and skilled labor

 

1.4) Shipping lines in Vietnam

Because Vietnam’s economy is very dynamic and quickly growing in power, Ocean freight is well-developed. Many international carriers are in Vietnam, here below are the most notorious:

Logo company CSAVLogo company UASCLogo company msclogo company Wan Hai Logo shipping company coscoLogo shipping company CMA CGMLogo shipping company DelmasLogo company K linelogo shipping company maerskLogo shipping company ZIMLogo Shipping company OOCLlogo APL shipping companylogo MOL shipping companylogo FESCO shipping companylogo shipping company hapag lloydlogo shipping company evergreen

2) Ocean freight from Vietnam to worldwide - Estimated transit times

2.1) How long does it take to ship from Vietnam?

Northern Vietnam (Haiphong, Cam Pha…)
Southern Vietnam (HCMC, Quy Nhon…)
India Chennai 14 days
Mumbai 17 days
Chennai 12 days
Mumbai 15 days
Indonesia Jakarta 10 days
Bitung 10 days
Jakarta 6 days
Bitung 7 days
China Ningbo 7 days
Tianjin 11 days
Ningbo 8 days
Tianjin 12 days
Japan Tokyo 12 days
Hakata 8 days
Tokyo 13 days
Hakata 11 days
Korea Seoul 10 days Seoul 12 days
Europe Genoa 30 days
Rotterdam 36 days
Genoa 28 days
Rotterdam 34 days
UAE Dubai 20 days Dubai 18 days
Canada/USA New York 42 days
Vancouver 25 days
New York 40 days
Vancouver 26 days
Australia/New Zealand Perth 16 days
Auckland 22 days
Perth 14 days
Auckland 21 days
Brazil Rio de Janeiro 37 days
Rio de Janeiro 35 days

3) Which are main international ports in Vietnam for sea freight container shipments?

3.1) Port of Da Nang overview

It’s the main port of central Vietnam. Small compared to the two giants of Haiphong and HCMC, around 12 million of metric tonnes are managed each year in Da Nang. Well designed and maintained, it is a great port of departure if your supplier is located around.

 

3.2) Port of Saigon overview

Ho Chi Minh City is the most important port of the country, and it’s also its economic heart. The port of HCMC is the major way of entrance and exit of all the south of Vietnam. It handles a 100 million of metric tonnes each year on average. It is the most developed port of the country.

 

3.3) Port of Hai Phong and Cam Pha overview

These two ports are handling around 70 million of tonnes of products each year. They are the main ports for industries located in the north of the country. Their proximity with the capital of Hanoi give them a huge importance. If your supplier is located in northern Vietnam, you can use one of these great ports to ship your cargo.

 

3.4) Port of Qui Nhon overview

It is the first major port located in the south of Da Nang. Also, in terms of volumes managed, it is bigger than Da Nang’s port. Around 15 million of metric tonnes of goods are managed there every year. It is also a great port to use, like all the others.

 

4) How to get and understand sea freight quote from Vietnam?

4.1) What FNM Vietnam needs to know to give you a quote?

  • Incoterm
  • Volume in CBM
  • Nature of goods
  • Address of departure
  • Address of destination
  • Packing
  • Export license
  • Packing list
  • Others (depending of the nature of goods)

 

4.2) How to Find the Cheapest Sea Freight rates from Vietnam?

  1. Have a clear understanding of the business

This means that you’re probably going to pay a higher cost of freight, if you’re shipping during the high season (september-march), than in the low season (april-august). A better idea of how this industry works will help you to optimize your freight budget.

  1. Know the market and the rates that are prevalent

A lot of different parameters are considered for a freight, like the prices of oil, the carrier, the filling rate of the containers, the attendance rates of the ports of loading and departure…

  1. Use the right mode of shipment (FCL vs LCL)

As detailed below, for small shipments (below 15 CBM) LCL is better, and for bigger ones FCL is preferred.

  1. Audit your quotations/invoices

Compare rates between carriers and freight forwarders, to find the most competitive ones in terms of price and service.

  1. Plan effectively

It is better to manage your shipments, in order to do one single voluminous freight instead of several smaller ones for instance.

  1. Optimize your cargo packing

If the packing is too heavy or large, you will pay a higher cost of freight, and your goods will not be greatly protected.

  1. Don’t classify everything as urgent

Think wisely, if you really need to receive or send your goods asap, or if you can wait a little to manage your freight budget efficiently.

 

5) FNM Vietnam Sea freight department Scope of services

5.1) Shipping Dry goods temperature by ocean Freight from Vietnam

If your goods aren’t requiring particular environmental conditions to be shipped, FNM Vietnam can transfer them in regular sealed containers to your country.

5.2) Shipping goods under controlled temperature by ocean Freight from Vietnam

Reefer container is one of the favourite freight methods used by enterprises in the chemical or the food domain. It enables to transfer sensitive or perishable products in a totally monitored environment. In fact, humidity and temperature inside the container will be constantly under control, because the container will be linked to a generator. Also, the temperature inside the container can go down to -35°C. FNM Vietnam can plan a reefer container freight on your demand.

5.3) Shipping Bulk Cargo by Sea Freight from Vietnam

If you’re aiming to transport raw materials in great quantities, bulk cargo is the solution you need. Bulk carriers are specially designed for it and can transport large quantities of liquid products (oil, gas…) and solid products (wheat, ores, cement…) inside their large tanks.

 

5.4) Shipping Out of Gauge by Ocean Freight from Vietnam

Out of Gauge (OOG) items are goods that can’t be transported in bulk or in containers, because they are too much voluminous or elaborated items. In general, they are loaded inside Roll-on/Roll-off vessels or on the last stage of container ships. They are generally arranged on great trailers or platforms. Handling operations must be carefully processed with these items.

 

5.5) Shipping Roll-on Roll-off by Sea Freight from Vietnam

The same as ferries, Roll-on/Roll-off ships, also called Roros are equipped with a retractable ramp at its end. This ramp enables to load great quantities of goods on trailers, or vehicles, trucks, boats and busses inside the ship. That’s how vehicles are shipped worldwide.

 

6) Sea freight insurance: FNM Care plan

6.1) Why purchase marine cargo insurance?

It isn’t mandatory to insure your freight. But, on the opposite, it is highly advised. You should be aware that the carrier cannot be summoned to court if your goods are damaged or completely lost during their freight. The only way to obtain a refund is to subscribe to an insurance policy covering your freight. We wrote a dedicated article about the cargo insurance, for further details.

 

6.2) How much does a sea freight insurance cost?

The commercial value of your products is used to calculate the cost of your freight insurance. This explains why it isn’t advised to declare a too low value of your goods, because you won’t be completely refunded in case of an incident. Also, it is pointless to voluntary declare a higher value of your goods, because it will increase the price of your insurance.

The price that your insurance will charge you is determined with this method: freight value + goods value * 2-3% 

The rate is applied in function of the category of your goods.

 

7) Why you should hire a local Vietnam Sea Freight Broker Like us?

7.1) Cost effective

It is surely the main reason making you buy products from Vietnam. The lower wages, advantageous exchange rates and many other parameters are enabling Vietnamese freight forwarders to have lower rates. We’re not only talking about shipping prices, other fees like technical handling charges (THC) are cheaper.

All this putted end-to-end enables us to give you very attractive rates for a transfer solution tailored to your needs and requirements.

You must be aware that international freight forwarders not based in Vietnam will use a local agent or freight enterprise to plan your freight from Vietnam. They will not handle it directly like us.

 

7.2) Flexibility

Freight forwarders should be able to implement modifications in their operations, in order to quickly follow changes in your needs and requirements. Big freight forwarding companies must only take the services of their overseas agency, which implies that if their local contacts doesn’t have the required expertise for your shipment, they will not deliver the appropriated service.

You must search a forwarder able to manage all your products requirements, but also very agile in his territory of expertise.

 

7.3) Adapted customer services

Local freight forwarders cares more about their clients, because they establish a personalised connection with them. It means that it is certainly the same person that will oversee your first freight, and the next freights coming. The consultant will precisely know your needs and requirements, which will enable him to find logistic solutions that suits you greatly.

 

7.4) A Local Vietnam Freight Forwarder – FNM Vietnam

We are surely not the cheapest forwarder on the market.

But the price shouldn’t be your first and only selection criteria in the freight industry. Just let the experts organize you a transportation service fast enough and cost effective.

When a prospect is asking us information on our services, we collect data about the goods and shipping requirements, then analyse deeply what can be the most efficient transfer service. We are experienced and committed.

We are glocal players. We can send your shipments to every continent, no matter where you are, with great transit times, prices and services.

7.5) In brief

In certain situations, you must only trust and follow yourself to obtain exactly what you’re looking for. In others, you must rely on more proficient and experienced persons to lead you.

We’re summing up our arguments in this table below.

Who oversees your freight? Price Service Skilled Agility
Vietnamese forwarder $$ **** **** ****
International freight forwarder (non-vietnamese) $$ *** **** **
Big enterprise $$$ *** **** **
Your wholesaler/supplier $$$ *** * ****

We’re conscious that you have better tasks to achieve. That’s why we will always do our best to ease the process. We will entirely handle the transportation, so you can focus on the sourcing and the quality of your products.

 

8) Advantages and Disadvantages of Sea Freight

8.1) Advantages of sea freight

  1. Cost-effectiveness

Ocean freight is beyond the other freight methods in terms of prices. Air freight, and rail freight are much more expensive for long distance transfers.

  1. Can transport bulky goods

Only rail freight and ocean freight can carry bulky goods, but rail freight from Vietnam is not appropriated for long travels. That’s why you should consider sea freight for bulks.

  1. Provides a safe carriage of goods

FCL containers are sealed directly at your supplier’s location. This means that only you and your supplier will have to handle your goods. A container is also an extremely safe way of storing your goods during the transport.

  1. Environment-friendly

Rail freight and sea freight are the most ecological shipping methods. A plane is using huge quantities of kerosene to transport small quantities of goods, compared to vessels.

 

8.2) Disadvantages of sea freight

  1. Speed

Sea freight is the slowest method to transport your goods. Depending on where you are, or where your goods need to be sent, you will surely prefer air freight if you want your goods to be delivered in less than two weeks.

  1. Piracy concerns

It depends of where your goods will arrive, and which sea routes will be taken. To be honest, acts of maritime piracy are now heavily counter attacked by authorities worldwide. The strait of Malacca was a famous place of piracy, but coordinated patrols from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore reduced drastically this kind of incidents. The strait of Malacca is really safe nowadays. A few years ago, east Africa was threatened by Somali pirates. But the sea route being too important to be disturbed by piracy, Egyptian and Arabian authorities putted an end to this threat. The piracy is nearly non-existent nowadays in this region. The last unsafe regions are the Caribbean, with pirates coming from Venezuela and the Gulf of Guinea in west Africa. But there is only a slight probability that your shipment will navigate through these areas.

  1. Ship accidents are often disastrous

In case of a storm, or bad weather situation, your shipment can be damaged, or the ship can sink underwater. These events are rarely appearing but always calamitous. That’s why a cargo insurance can be necessary.

 

9) International Container Shipping Process: The Step by Step Guide

Step 1: Transport goods from the supplier’s warehouse to the freight forwarders warehouse

Step 2: Move goods from freight forwarders warehouse to the departure port

Step 3: Clearing with customs at the origin port

Step 4: Goods are shipped from the origin port to the contracted destination port

Step 5: Clear with customs at the destination port

Step 6: Inland transportation from destination port to destination warehouse

Step 7: Delivery/distribution of goods

10) International Shipping Incoterms (Here are the Most Common Trade Terms Explained)

10.1) EXW

Well-adapted for domestic freights, it is unfortunately one of the most used incoterms for international trades. It means that the supplier’s responsibility stops when the goods are leaving his factory. Then the responsibility is transmitted to you (or your freight forwarder), that needs to handle every next step and process.

 

10.2) FOB (Free on-Board Shipping)

Your supplier is totally in charge of your shipment, until it is loaded on the container ship in the port of departure. Then you (or your forwarder) must arrange the rest of the transfer.

 

10.3) Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) Shipping

For this incoterm, the seller oversees the loading on board of the vessel, the fees up to the port of arrival and of the insurance of the freight.

 

10.4) Cost and Freight (C&F) Shipping

It is the same principle at the CIF less the insurance.

 

10.5) DAT (Delivery At Terminal)

The seller is responsible of your goods until they arrive at the terminal of the port of arrival.

 

10.6) DAP (Delivery At Place)

Also called “All-in” or “Door-to-door” freight, your only responsibility with this incoterm is to receive your goods at your location.

10.7) Does FNM offer Door to Door services

Door-to-door, also called “All-in” freight, is the freight service allowing you the biggest peacefulness. In this service we will handle the complete execution of your transfer, including the warehousing, the customs clearance, the air or sea freight, and the trucking before and after. We’re in charge of all phases, so you’re the least possible involved in the freight. We will take your shipment directly at your supplier’s facility and deliver them at your address.

 

1. Door to port – Pick up at departure

A variant service of the Door to door, is the door to port. In this situation, we do not ensure the trucking of your goods once they have arrived in your country. It means that you will have to go get your shipment at the port of arrival terminal. This method is usually asked by clients that are living near the port or having their own trucks.

 

1. Port to door – Delivery at destination

In Port to door, we’re taking in charge your goods directly at the port of departure. Customers are generally choosing this service when their supplier sold their goods with the FOB incoterm. Once they’re delivered at the port, or put on the vessel, we’re handling the transfer of your goods until they reach their destination, which is generally your location.

 

11) Documents You Need When Shipping from Vietnam by Sea

11.1) Bill of lading (BOL)

The bill of lading is a very important document for your freight. The bill of lading is the equivalent of a passport and a boarding pass of your cargo. The bill of lading is specific for sea freight, as the airway bill is attached for air freights. This document is also a proof of the legality of the transfer, because it is emitted once the carrier is paid for his services.

The following pictures are detailing the structure of a Bill of Lading and what information you can find on it:

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11.2) Commercial invoice

Customs will use it to be sure that the goods presented are corresponding to the importer’s customs declaration.

 

11.3) Packing list

The packing list is describing all the products that are in your shipment. The MSDS document and the international code must be attached if you’re importing hazardous or chemical goods.

 

11.4) Certificate of origin (C/O)

The Certificate of Origin is absolutely important in international trade. It is the only legal proof that your goods were made in Vietnam. Your supplier must have signed the Certificate of Origin, which must have been produced by a Vietnamese governmental agency. If your country is having a Free Trade Agreement with Vietnam, you should present the Certificate of Origin to your local customs in order to benefit of the tax exemption.

Here is a Certificate of Origin (from China):

Chinese Certificate of Origin

11.5) Insurance certificate

Despite being not mandatory to insure the freight of your goods, some countries will not let your products enter if they aren’t insured. In that case, the Insurance Certificate is mandatory.

 

12) Air Freight vs. Sea Freight – A Comparison to International Shipping

12.1) Air freight vs. sea freight

Here is a table in order to compare the advantages and drawbacks of each freight method. It will surely help you to choose:

Sea freight Air freight
Advantages
The cheapest freight solution A lot faster than sea freight
Well adapted for big shipments More advantageous for small shipments
All types of goods can be transported Easier customs clearance process
  Safest freight solution
Drawbacks
More expensive than air freight for small shipments A lot more expensive than sea freight for great volumes
Riskier solution to transfer goods than air freight Some types of goods can be refused (li-ion batteries)
The slowest freight solution  

 

12.2) Air freight or sea freight – FNM recommendations

In terms of cost, an air freight is generally more competitive than a sea freight if your goods are smaller than 2 CBM, and lighter than 150 kgs on average. For bigger shipments, sea freight will be cheaper.

 

13) Sea Freight Shipping from Vietnam - FAQs

🚢 What is sea freight shipping?

Sea freight shipping is a method of goods transport consisting in transferring goods internationally via sea and oceans, on vessels. This article is summing up all you need to know about this method, from Vietnam.

💰 What makes up sea freight costs?

A lot of different costs are involved in a sea freight, like the season, the attendance rates of the ports of departure and arrival, the containers fulfillment rates, the prices of gas, the carrier, the type of goods, their volumes and weight…

⚠️ Are there surcharges in sea freight like there are in air freight?

Yes, there can be many surcharges in sea freight, like the chassis utilization surcharge, the fuel surcharge, the low sulfur surcharge, the Hazardous surcharge…

📏 What is a container yard?

It is a port department dedicated to the management and handling of containers.

✅ What is FOB?

It is an incoterm where your supplier is in charge of your shipment until it is charged on the vessel. You can find more details about it in paragraph 10.2) of this article.

⚓ What is ‘live load’ and ‘drop and pick’ in sea freight shipping?

Live load is the maximum weight that you can put on a machinery, or a structure, or anything else. Beyond the live load, the machinery may break or disfunction. A drop and pick is a freight option for FCL delivery. When the truck driver delivers your container, instead of waiting for you to unload it, he is just taking another empty container that you have instead.

📋 What documents do you need to ship from Vietnam?

Several documents such as the Certificate of Origin, all of this is explained in paragraph 10)

📝 What is a bill of lading documents?

It is well detailed in the 10.1) paragraph of this page

🧾 What is a commercial invoice and packing list?

All of this is well detailed in paragraph 11) of this page

📁 Who issues the freight documents?

Freight documents are issued by the supplier, the carrier and the freight forwarder

🛡️ Is sea freight insured?

No it isn’t, you have to ask an insurance if you want to cover your goods. This is explained in paragraph 6) of this page

⌛ How long will it take for my shipment to reach my port?

Depending on where you’re located it can take around 40 days at the maximum. The transit times table at the beginning of this article is giving you an approximate idea

❌ Are there restrictions on imports from Vietnam?

No there aren’t, you can contact our consultants for further information

🚚 Can I transport goods bought from different cities in Vietnam in one shipment?

Yes, we can consolidate your different products for you, in order to transfer one bigger shipment. Our moving consultants can give you further answers.

💲 How much does it cost to import from Vietnam?

We cannot give you an immediate answer, because a lot of parameters are involved in your freight, ask a quote demand to our consultants, they will answer you in less than 24 hours.

🗺️ So which port should I import my goods from?

We’re advising you to import from Haiphong, Cam Pha, Da Nang, Qui Nhon or Ho Chi Minh City, you can find more details on these ports on paragraph 3)

 

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Strong of its decade of experience, FNM Vietnam followed proactively the evolution of import/export to answer the modern requirements of the international trade businesses.

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Sea freight

Our great relations with carriers in Vietnam enables us to have competitive rates for their services. LCL, FCL, Bulk, Roro, OOG, we can provide you all these services from and to Vietnam.

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Frequent Questions about Sea Freight

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From what volume does sea freight become profitable?

Ocean freight is the most widely used method of transportation in the world, being quite simply the cheapest method on the market. Usually, sea freight becomes interesting when you send volume over 2 cubic meters, below that we suggest to opt for air freight. Although you have the choice between shipping by groupage (LCL) or full container (FCL), this method is - unsurprisingly - much slower than air.

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Maritime groupage (LCL) or full container (FCL), what to choose?

As you may have understood, when you ship in groupage (LCL - Less than Container Load), you are sharing the container with other shippers. Conversely, when you opt for a full container solution (FCL - Full Container Load), you reserve the entire container. In general, from a financial point of view, we suggest to go for an FCL from 15 cubic meters although the 20ft container has a capacity of 33 cubic meters.

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What is the advantage of choosing sea freight?

First and foremost, ocean freight is simply the cheapest solution on the market when shipping large volumes. Failing to be loaned, this method is secure and allows you to charter goods in most countries around the world. In addition to this advantage, sea freight also makes it possible to ship prohibited goods by air such as electronic products with batteries.

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Which port of departure should I choose?

Our team relies mainly on 2 factors to determine the departure (and arrival) port. As a first step (and this is the most important factor), we analyze the international port closest to the starting address. Secondly, we check the prices of the different shipping lines according to the port of departure. We generally select the cheapest method unless contraindicated as a problem of time.

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Air freight

FNM Vietnam is positioned in all Vietnam's international airports. This enables us to book classic, courier or urgent freight from everywhere.

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Frequent Questions about Air Freight

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When does air freight become profitable?

Besides the time issue that you can overcome with air shipping, this method is generally cost effective (financially speaking) when shipping a small volume / weight: usually below 2 cubic meters or 200 kgs. For all higher volumes and if your priority is profitability, then you will opt for a solution by sea.

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Are there any specific restrictions when shipping by air?

It is the IATA (International Air Transport Association) organization that regulates all air traffic and therefore air freight. This is an area with very strict rules to avoid technical problems which can turn into a tragedy. Thus, many products cannot be shipped by air such as batteries, liquids, flammable products ...

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How much and how is air freight loaded?

The price of an air freight solution will depend on multiple factors. Obviously, you will find the weight, the volume, the point of departure and arrival but not only! You must also consider the nature of the goods as well as the ancillary steps such as packaging service, storage, truck mileage ... The more complex an operation is, the more expensive it will be. Note that the airline will use the greatest weight between the gross weight (on the scale) and the volumetric weight based on the following ratio: 1 cubic meter = 167 Kgs.

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What is the point of choosing air freight?

Do you have a time problem? Air freight will be the right solution! As mentioned above, it will also be a competitive method if you want to ship a small parcel around the world. Also note that this is a reliable method of transport since it requires less handling which reduces the risk of loss / theft / breakage during the shipping process.

Rail freight

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FNM Vietnam can provide rail freight services to the major cities in South East Asia and China. Thanks to our great partnerships with railway companies, their great services are available for us.

Trucking services

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In destination of China and all the ASEAN countries, road freight is a fast and inexpensive way to transfer your goods from Vietnam. Our skilled truck drivers will always transport your products safely.

Express transport

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Your goods can be sent anywhere in less than 4 days with express freight. We partnered with the big names of this industry, like DHL, Fedex, TNT and UPS to provide this kind of services.

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There are diverse methods to ship your goods from/to China. You can opt for the profitability of the sea freight, the speed of the air freight, trucking if it's close, express if it's small, or even rail freight if you go for a happy medium.

At first sight, the process sounds like a complicated adventure for inexperienced importers/exporters who are not familiar with this field. It's not only a question of technicality, indeed the small unseen detail can wreck the entire operations.

We, at DocShipper, don't handle requests as a traditional freight forwarder. We work on a case by case basis in order to dedicate an expert on each operation. This devoted consultant will assist you from A to Z to make sure the shipment is the smoothest possible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

✅ What is the mission of a freight forwarder like DocShipper?

The role of a freight forwarder is to build a tailor-made (logistics) solution to customers. At DocShipper, we regularly provide door-to-door solutions where our team takes care of the entire logistics process. From pickup on departure to delivery on arrival, we manage the entire process including ancillary services such as packaging, storage, customs clearance, transport insurance ... You have nothing more to do, we take care of everything!

✅ What is the advantage of going for a door-to-door solution?

Door to door service is a bit like the Rolls Royce of international logistics services. An all-inclusive solution that perfectly fits your needs (and your budget). This solution includes all the services you may need throughout the journey of your cargo. That's good, DocShipper has made it his specialty.

✅ Why DocShipper rather than another logistics provider?

DocShipper offers multiple benefits for these customers. First of all, we are the only (and unique) company able to support you throughout the product operational cycle thanks to our 3 complementary departments. Our sourcing team supports you in your search for a supplier, quality control and product compliance. Our logistics crew will take over to assist you throughout the logistics chain and finally, our 3PL department (a distribution center based in northern Italy) can get rid of the dispatch of your products with stock monitoring, order fulfillment and last mile delivery. Tailor-made and professional support in the language and channel of your choice: WhatsApp, Live chat, phone, E-mail ... Do not hesitate to contact us today!

✅ How can DocShipper manage the entire product cycle?

As mentioned in the above question, we are able to manage the entire procurement process: you give us your specifications and we take care of the rest. You no longer have to waste time with logistics, negotiating with suppliers (which are sometimes simple scams) ... You cannot improvise yourself as an international buyer, focus on selling your products and let us handle the rest.

Questions related to Vietnam

What are the methods of transportation from Vietnam?

The most suitable method of transport will be advised by our consultants. It will generally depend on the volume, the weight, the nature of the goods and finally the point of departure and arrival. You are free to choose the method which is convenient for you according to your time requirements, especially that a solution by sea will be much longer than shipping by air, but generally more competitive (except in the case of low volume / weight).

What to do legally when importing into Vietnam?

When you switch to DocShipper, it's not complicated, you don't have to do anything! Our customs broker checks the documentary package and ensures that all documents are in line with the expectations of local customs officers: certificate, license, permit ... Everything is checked to avoid unpleasant surprises and above all to avoid wasting time for you and your business on this more than sensitive stage.

What is an international freight operation?

An International freight is the act of transporting goods from a point of departure to a point of arrival and whatever method of transport you operate: sea, air, rail or road freight. International freight isn't the only service you'll need! Transport is good, but you also have to declare the goods to the authorities, prepare the documents, package the products ... And this is where freight forwarders like DocShipper come in. We are implementing a solution that includes freight but also all the actions necessary for the smooth running of operations.

Can I take out air / sea freight insurance?

In any case, insurance is always available for your goods, it is also highly recommended. Note that you have the possibility of going through our team to subscribe to this insurance, otherwise, you can use a third party agency only for this service, the choice is yours!

How do I check if my products are compliant?

A significant point because it can turn operations into disaster. The slightest missing document and the customs authorities can simply reject to release your cargo, which will incur inspection and storage fees. It is very important to check all documents before shipping. Don't panic, this is something we do on all projects we deal with. If the documents are not compliant, then we will refuse the management of the shipment.

My order is ready, how can I organize the transport?

Has your supplier finished producing the products? Now is the time to prepare for their shipment. Fill out our online form or send all the information directly by email: type of products, volume, weight, dimensions, point of departure / arrival and any other details related to your cargo. If you have any documents, don't hesitate to provide them to us, they will probably help our team to better assess the needs.

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