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 between Vietnam and France | Rates - Transit Times - Duties & Taxes

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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!

Enjoy our unique and perfect solution!

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.


Frequent Questions about Sea Freight


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.


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.


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.


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.


Air freight

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


Frequent Questions about Air Freight


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.


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 ...


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.


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


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


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


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.

Why choose us?


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Our prices are very competitive, compare !

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Our experts are speaking English, French and Vietnamese, to avoid any misunderstanding

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Small or voluminous shipment, we can handle it !


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

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

What is the best method to ship your goods between Vietnam and Hong Kong ?


There are 3 different method to ship your goods between Vietnam and Hong Kong : sea, air, road (trucking)

Sea freight between Vietnam and Hong Kong

Overview - Ocean cargo between Vietnam and Hong Kong

Known as “ The Pearl of Asia”, and after being a former British colony, Hong Kong is a part of but also independent to China since 1997. China agreed to govern Hong Kong under the principe of “One country, two systems”, and this makes a great difference. Hong Kong now operates a semi-autonomous territory, with control over its own trade, taxes, and immigration policies, also has its own currency, legal and parliamentary system. The economy of Hong Kong is built on his banking system and on trade rather than on abundance of natural resources.

The port of Hong Kong (Kwai Tsing Container Port) handled about 90% of the country’s trade by weight. It’s one of the world’s largest trading entities in term of merchandise value with an average trade amounting US$ 950 billion and 16.2 millions TEUs every year. Strategically located in the mainland of China, along the major sea route, the port of Hong Kong is a natural harbour and provides a huge cargo base in a deep-water draught. Kwai Tsing Container Port is owned financed by five private operators.


Shipping company offering services between Vietnam and Hong Kong ports

Here are few examples :

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

There are several type of container but 3 sizes are commonly used :

  • 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


LCL - Less Than Container Load (or consolidation) is usually used to ship small volumes. The container is shared with other shipments that are going to the same port of destination.



FCL - Full Container Load is used to ship large quantities or big volumes. FCL may be cheaper than LCL if your goods exceed a volume of 13/14 CBM. It will also get delivered more quickly. When the container arrives at the port of destination, it is unloaded from the vessel and straight delivered to the consignee at final destination.

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

As the Vietnam and Hong Kong are both located on the seashore of the South China Sea, it makes sense to ship by using sea freight.

Da Nong Saigon Ba Ngoi Cam Pha

Honk Kong


6 Days


6 Days


5 Days


5 Days

Please note that transit times shown are just as indicative information. It does not include handling at both ports, pick up, delivery, and customs clearance process

Special sea freight services 

Reefer container between Vietnam and Hong Kong 

The reefer container is a "thermally insulated" container with a temperature maintaining device. It allows the transport of goods under controlled temperature. So as one can guess, it is often used for food or chemical products.

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


Roro/Bulk/OOG between Vietnam and Hong Kong 


A Ro-Ro is a ship used to transport, among other things, vehicles, loaded through one or more ramps. They are also known as Ro-Ro, from the English roll-on/roll-off meaning literally "roll-in, roll-out", to distinguish them from the usual cargo ships where products are loaded vertically by cranes.


Bulk goods are products transported directly into the ship's hold or into the facilities provided for that purpose. A distinction is made in this case between bulk and general cargo. A distinction is made between bulk goods and general cargo: solid bulk goods: ( such as coal, ferrous and non-ferrous ores) bulk liquids: (oil and oil products). Bulk goods are transported by bulk carriers, ships specialized for each type of cargo: ore carriers, coal carriers, etc.)


OOG (Out of Gauge) cargoes are a special category of goods. Because of, for example, dimensions or weight, some goods cannot be loaded in traditional containers. These types of cargoes are usually loaded onto a platform or trailer for transportation.

Air freight between Vietnam and Hong Kong

Overview – Classic air freight 

Hong Kong Airport

The Chek Lap Kok International Airport of Hong Kong (HKG) is the world’s busiest cargo gateway, which is served by almost every international airlines companies.


Airports in Vietnam

Several airports in Vietnam are connected directly to Hong Kong, the two majors hubs are the Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) for Ho Chi Minh city, and Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) for Hanoï.

Which airlines should I choose for a Classic Air freight between Vietnam and Hong Kong ?

  • 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.
  • Cathay Pacific is the flag carrier of Hong Kong. flies to more than 190 countries worldwild (including Vietnam) using both passengers and cargo services.
  • Hong Kong Airlines operates regional and international flights in Asia and South East Asia.


How much does it cost to ship by classic air freight between Vietnam and Hong Kong?

It is quite difficult to price an air freight, as there are a lot of companies that have flight between Vietnam and Hong Kong, it will mainly depend on airlines traffic and the competitivity of the different companies. However, please feel free to contact our air freight specialist who is working on case per case to provide the best price for you.


How a Classic air freight will be calculated?

The Basic rate IATA

The basic rate is a weight band rate, based on the volumetric weight of your shipment. Rapidly declining, with a minimum charge for very small shipments.

For example:

Price per kilo: 6$ - Minimum collection 600 $

Between 1000 and 2500 kgs: 5$/kg

Between 2500 and 3500 kgs: 4$/kg 

More than 3500 kg: 3$/kgs


How to calculate the volumetric weight of your shipment?

Please note that is very important to make the difference between Gross Weight and Volumetric Weight, as it will determine the price of the freight. 

The equivalence rule in air freight is 1t = 6 CBM. The volume must be divided by 6 and compared to the Gross Weight of the goods and choose the higher of the two. To the advantage of the airline company.

Customs clearance in Hong Kong for goods imported from Vietnam 

How much will I pay ? 

Hong Kong is a duty free destination and maintains basically no barriers on trade. It means that Hong Kong does not impose any duties or taxes collecting for general commodities on its territory. Only some specific products are subjected to payment such as alcohol, tobacco, petroleum and chemical products. Most of importations on the territory do not need license as well. Importers should purchase a license only in the case of specific products as mentioned above.

However, it is to be noted that any importer should file an import declaration through the Customs and Excise Department system and provide documents such as: invoice, bill of lading, airway bill, packing list, etc.

For more information please visit the website of Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department.

Import and Export Declaration Charges in Hong Kong

As you will get duties and taxes exemption for most of general products entering Hong Kong's territory, there are still Declaration Charges to take into account for both Import and Export Declarations.

Customs clearance in Vietnam for goods imported from Hong Kong

The ASEAN-Hong Kong China Free Trade Agreement (AHKCTA)

Since June 2019, The ASEAN countries (Association of South East Asian Nations) which of course the Vietnam is a part, signed an agreement with Hong Kong and China.

Vietnam issued Decree No. 07/2020/ND-CP on the special preferential import tariffs for the implementation of the ASEAN-Hong Kong China Free Trade Agreement (AHKFTA).

The reason of this agreement is to increase economic cooperation, reduce taxes, and increase investment between ASEAN markets and Hong Kong.

The preferential import tax rates are applicable under the following conditions:

  • Imported commodities are listed in the special preferential import tariff under the Decree
  • Imported from countries that are part of the AHKFTA
  • Transported directly from the exporting country part of the AHKFTA
  • Provide of the certificate of origin (C/O).

More information about this trade agreement on the official website: ASEAN - Hong Kong, China Free Trade Agreement

Tariffs and Taxes 

Knowing the precise cost and the rate for the importation of your goods is a serious deal. For each member of the World Trade Organization the HS code is used (composed of 6 numbers). This numbers defines the nature of your good (by ID).

Vietnam is aligned with the Harmonized Tariff System (HTS)

Here is the composition of an HS Code, you can now see what an HS code is and what does it mean.

hs code of a pineapple

To find the right HS Code of your product, you can search on any country’s Tariff Database by entering a keyword, just like pineapple.

Once you have the HS Code of your product, it would be interesting for you to know the exact rate for importation of pineapples from Hong Kong to Vietnam.

Go to the the official website : Customs in Vietnam

Reach the Tariff Database page

Let's have a look on the following steps :


Remark DocShipper: Due to the recent Agreement between ASEAN Countries and Hong Kong and China (AHKCTA), the preferential tariff does not appear on the system as it will take effect on 2020.

The result of the search appears at the bottom of the page :

Now you just have to click on the code

Now let's check the rate :

Interpretation of customs tariff in Vietnam

In this picture you can see the rate for the importation of pineapples into Vietnam, you will pay 30% duties and taxes when it come from Hong Kong and China.


Necessary documents 

The Bill of Lading is equivalent to a passport and a boarding card for your shipment. Depending on the method used to transfer your goods, it can be an Airway Bill (for Air Freight) or a Bill of Lading (for Ocean Freight). It is also a document testifying of the legality of the transfer, because it is emitted once the carrier received payment for its services. This document is important 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

The customs will see this like a confirmation that the goods received are the same in the declaration.


The packing list

The packing list is summing up all the items included in your shipment. You should attach the MSDS data sheet and the international code, if you’re importing hazardous or chemical products in Australia.


Certificate of Origin

This document is very important if you’re wishing that your import can be treated under any preferential import tariff. It is the only legal document to prove the origin of your goods. 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 of the country of origin.

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

Chinese Certificate of Origin

If the customs and declaration procedure remain a difficult task, or simply if you are in the lack of time, just send us an email or call us!


Additional services 

Our warehousing and storage services 

Strategically 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 Hong Kong (or anywhere else for that matter), or delivering it to Vietnam. If you have a plan to consolidate a full container by several shipments from different suppliers, or conversely you receive a full container and you want to split and supply to multi-destination. We also have the solution for you !

Our packing/unpacking services 


Packing services is very important as it is guaranteeing a perfect load stability during the transport and providing an excellent protection during storage and handling. We will be able to provide such services in both Hong Kong and Vietnam so feel free to contact our experts if you need any packing service.


Packing material 

Carton box

First, the best cartons boxes will be used for your belongings. Second, it will be thick and unfolded (for better protection against potential damage). Our packaging techniques will be adapted according to your goods (their dimensions, their fragility ...).


These mechanical handling techniques will improve ease of use. It will be a much safer way to get your goods into the container. However, if your supplier is not able (if he does not have what it takes) to carry out this operation, we have every pallet size available for you.

Wooden boxes 

Once again, this method aims to facilitate transport by protecting your belongings. The wooden crate is intended for rather bulky objects. There are wooden crates and wooden boxes. The crate will be preferable if you need to have it placed in a certain direction. If this is not the case, you might as well use the box. Don't worry about the size of your belongings. Docshipper and his teams are able to manufacture those that will fit your goods and your needs.


Others: bubble wrap, tape, wrapping paper… 

What we are talking about here will protect your goods by softening their contact with the packing method (wooden crate for example). We use a lot of these materials to guarantee optimal protection for your goods.


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). With Docshipper, this happens very rarely because our skills ensure optimal security for your goods. We will act in a professional way, which guarantees you a refund if anything happens.


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) * 2-3%.

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


Supplier management in Vietnam 

Control quality in Vietnam 

Our aim is, as mentioned above, to avoid any kind of disturbance during the operation. Thus, we will contact your supplier in order to check your products (their condition and especially their packaging). Letting go of your badly packed goods is to cause you problems and to cause us problems.

We will therefore make sure of a perfect packaging and the state of your products.

Know that by trusting Docshipper, the cargo will be fluid from start to finish. The incoterm can be FOB, CFR or other, whatever happens, the type, dimensions and HS code will be checked by our staff. They have a perfect command of Vietnamese as well as French and English. Documentation, packaging and the rest will be our problem and not yours.


3PL Services in Vietnam 

Order fulfillment/Packing & labelling in Vietnam 

As you should know, the supply chain is complex (especially when it comes to electronics). We will be your right-hand man in Vietnam, taking care of all services (packaging, customer relations, inventory, labelling, fulfilment). These will be our concerns, not yours.


Last mile delivery 

Thanks to our networks and the relationship we entertain with them, we can guarantee you a delivery at your residence in Vietnam/Hong Kong and a professional service.


Shipping personal effects from Vietnam 

Excess baggage 

Are you coming back from your trip busier than expected? Your excess baggage may not be well seen by the airlines. As a result, they have the right to refuse it.

The solution? DocShipper and its express delivery will allow you to receive your excess baggage quickly at home in Hong Kong.

Moving service between Vietnam and Hong Kong 

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


Free regulation advisor

Our experience in this field (especially between Vietnam and Hong Kong) 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 from Vietnam to Slovakia Rates – Transit Times – Duties & Taxes

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

What is the best method to ship items from Vietnam to Slovakia cheaply but with a good carrier?


In this guide we will try to provide you with as many answers as possible to any questions you may have about importing from Vietnam to Slovakia. We will first discuss the best means of transport according to the weight / nature / size of your goods. We know that the needs of our customers can be very varied, that's why our advisers will guide you and answer your questions.

We will see both ways to send your goods from Vietnam to Slovakia. Indeed air and sea freight are the two means at your disposal, each of these means have their advantages and disadvantages.

Sea freight shipping from Vietnam to Slovakia

Overview - Ocean cargo from Vietnam to Slovakia

The first method of sending cargo from Vietnam to Slovakia is sea freight. It is the most used method in the world and the cheapest for large volumes.

As Slovakia does not have access to the sea, the goods transit via the Danube to the port of Bratislava. The port of Bratislava is the only cargo port in the country.

Shipping company offering services from Vietnam to port of Bratislava

Here are few examples :

The port of Bratislava is the international cargo port in Slovakia. It is therefore of great importance for the Slovak economy. It is located on the Danube and therefore provides sea access to Slovakia.

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


LCL - Less Than Container Load

LCL, also known as consolidation, is a type of shipment that represents the best solution for a medium volume shipment. In an LCL shipment, goods from multiple shippers are consolidated into the same container. This shipping method is suitable for exporters who do not need the capacity of a FCL (Full Container Load), that is a full container load.

FCL - Full Container Load

The FCL consists of sending a full container loaded only with your goods. These containers meet international standards. There are two models, the 20" (6 meter) and the 40" (12 meter).

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

Da Nang 32 days
Saigon 30 days
Ba Ngoi 32 days
Cam Pha 32 days

The given transit times only take into account the freight. To this must be added pick up, delivery, loading unloading, customs clearance.


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

The price of a shipment depends on many factors. These factors are the volume of the goods, the weight of your goods, the nature of your goods etc. We can therefore not give you a price in advance but we need informations about your shipment in order to provide you with a personalized quote.

Special sea freight services 

Reefer container from Vietnam to Slovakia

Some of the exporters we work with have specific needs. For example, some of them want to send foodstuffs. In order not to break the cold chain, we offer reefer container services. The temperature of these containers is continuously controlled, which allows us to keep your foodstuffs at the ideal temperature.

Docshipper will advise you, and then book it for you.


Roro/Bulk/OOG from Vietnam to Slovakia


Other exporters we work with need to send vehicles for example. If they need to export large vehicles that cannot fit into a container there are special ships called RORO (for roll in - roll out) or vehicles that are loaded by a ramp.


We also offer Bulk services from Vietnam to Slovakia. Indeed this allows to transport bulk goods in the hold of a ship. The ships used are specially arranged to receive this kind of bulk goods, such as cereals for example.


OOG (Out Of Gauge) shipments are necessary when an exporter needs to send goods that are too large to fit into a 20" or 40" container. In this case, the cargo is then loaded on a special platform in the ship. Examples include large statues, airplane wings or any other object measuring more than 2.29m long and 2.20m wide (inside dimensions of a container).

Air freight shipping from Vietnam to Slovakia

Overview – Classic vs Express air freight 

Sending by air freight is the fastest way to send your goods. Although airfreight is indeed the fastest means of transport, loading, unloading and customs clearance are always quite long. Airfreight express allows you to reduce these delays. Indeed it takes one week with the classic air freight and only 4 days with the express air freight.


What is the difference between volumetric and gross weight?

Two methods are used to consider the density of your shipment. Both calculations are performed and the method giving the higher result is taken into account.

Should I choose a Classic Air freight from Vietnam to Slovakia?

Which airlines are able to ship your goods from Vietnam to Slovakia ?

  • Air Cargo Global, was established in 2013 and has been flying between Frankfurt and Bratislava and the Asian destinations since 2014.
  • Vietnam Airlines (in Vietnamese Hãng hàng không Quốc gia Việt Nam) is the leading Vietnamese airline. Ho Chi Minh City Airport and Hanoi Airport are the two main hubs from which it operates international cargo and passenger flights.

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

For a door to door operation, you should count at about 7 to 8 days. This delay depend on the time of the week and the period.


How much does it cost to ship a parcel from Vietnam to Slovakia

Prices for airmail between Vietnam and Slovakia vary depending on many factors. Indeed the volume, the weight, the nature of your goods have a very important impact on the financial price of your shipment. We therefore recommend that you contact our international freight experts for a detailed and personalized quotation.


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

Express service – Perfect solution for small package

Express services are ideal for your shipment if your goods weigh less than 100Kg. Indeed if your goods weigh more than 100Kg the express shipment will be too expensive compared to a classical air freight shipment.


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

DocShipper has good relations with many express freight companies. In addition, we have an experienced customs declarant service. This enables us to offer you better prices and the shortest possible shipping times.

express-courier logo


How much does an Express service cost from Vietnam to Slovakia

For shipment by express freight, you must consider that 1 CBM = 200 kgs.  

It is not possible for us to provide you with a price in advance, even when it is an express shipment via partner companies. Indeed the price depends on the volume, the nature, the weight of your marhcnadises but also on the period during which you wish to send your goods. Our experts in express shipments will therefore provide quotations on a case-by-case basis.

Major airports to ship in Slovakia

Bratislava Airport (BTS)

M. R. Štefánik Airport is the largest international airport in Slovakia, located 9 km north-east of Bratislava city centre. It operates domestic and international flights but also has a dedicated cargo terminal.


Košice Airport (KSC)

Košice International Airport is the second largest airport in Slovakia. Like Bratislava Airport it has a cargo terminal.


Door-to-door transfer from Vietnam to the Slovakia

Door-to-door method overview

We offer a door-to-door service that is as comprehensive as possible. This service is the most popular with our customers. Indeed if you choose this service, we take care of everything necessary. This includes pick up in Vietnam, if you need it, packing and loading. We then take care of shipping and customs clearance and delivery to Slovakia, and if you need it, unpacking and unpacking.


DocShipper – Door to Door specialist  

DocShipper is responsible for your shipment from pickup to delivery. This allows us to manage your goods in the best possible way and to respond to the demands of our customers in the best possible way. Each customer's request is unique, that's why we do our best to personally take care of our customers in order to offer them the best door-to-door service.

Customs clearance in Slovakia for goods imported from Vietnam 

How much will I pay ? 

we know that it is very important for exporters to know how much they are going to pay in customs duties. Indeed, it allows us to know if their export project to Slovakia is viable. In order to know the applied customs tariff, it is first necessary to know the customs code of the product (HS code for Harmonized System).

The HS code is composed by  number and defines the nature of the good.

Here is the composition of an HS Code (example of pineapple)

hs code of a pineapple

Calculate applicable tariff with the HS code

Slovakia is a member of the European Union, so your goods will be free to move once you enter the European Union. However, you will have to pay customs duties when you enter the European Union.

Once you have found your HS code you must go to the European customs website.

You should reach a page who looks like this :

UE custom clearance

You must fill 2 requested informations :

  • Your HS Code
  • Origin of goods

You will arrive to this page:

UE custom clearance 2


Scroll down, now you can search for your product. After that click on the HS code to get more informations about duty:

UE custom clearance 3


Check the taxes and duties applied on your product

On our example of Pineapples coming from Vietnam, European customs charge duties as 5.80% of the value.

Customs clearance process in Europe

Customs declaration

The customs declaration on entry into the European Union is made using the Single Administrative Document (SAD). This document simplifies customs procedures for the whole of the European Union and makes them faster.

  • reduce administrative documentation
  • ensuring openness in administrative requirements
  • standardize and harmonize data
  • reduce the number of requested information
  • simplify the process

This document can be use for all these operation:

  • export
  • import
  • temporary import on UE
  • warehouses
  • inward and outward processing

If you have a look on the import procedure section from European Union customs website you will find more informations about the Single Administrative Document.


Customs contact


What are the Licenses required (import & export)?

Import license 

You do not need an import licence to import your effects or goods into the European Union. However, for certain goods (e.g. toxic goods) you may need import permits. To find out more, please visit the European customs website again.


Necessary documents 

Single administrative document (SAD)

The single administrative is the only document you need for written customs declaration.

Pleas find bellow a single blank administrative document.

single administrative document


The original invoice

The invoice shows the market value of the goods. Customs duties and taxes will then be applied to this market value.

  • Name and address of the importer and exporter
  • Date of issue
  • Description of the goods (as quantity, name, etc.)
  • Unit of measure (Kg, Lbs,etc.)
  • Invoice number
  • Quantity of goods
  • Unit value
  • Total invoice value
  • The terms of delivery
  • Means of transport
  • Currency of payment
  • Method of payement
  • Date of payment


Freight Documents (Transport Documentation)

One of these:

  • Rail Waybill (CIM)
  • Air Waybill (AWB)
  • ATA Carnet
  • FIATA Bill of Lading
  • Bill of Lading
  • TIR Carnet
  • Road Waybill (CMR)


The packing list

The packing list includes all goods and their quantities. It allows you to quickly know the contents of a container or box for example.


Freight insurance

If you have taken out insurance you must include it in the customs declaration.


Prohibited & restricted items 

For health reasons, some products are restricted and require an import permit.

Restricted items :

  • Dangerous and chemicals product (some need licence and some are prohibed)
  • Plants
  • Live animal
  • Seafood product


Prohibited items :

  • Counterfeit, fake, stolen or pirated goods


Trade agreement 

The EVFTA project is a project to eliminate 99% of customs duties between all EU member countries and Vietnam. This agreement will improve trade and commercial relations between Vietnam and the European Union. If you wish to have more information on this agreement please read this article.



Trade relationship 

Unfortunately Vietnam is not one of Vietnam's trading partners but it is getting better.


Additional services 

Our warehousing services 

We have warehouses in Vietnam. Our warehouses are perfectly secured and are very modern. These warehouses are located in the main Vietnamese ports (Ho Chi Minh - Saigon, Haiphong and Quy Nhon). We also have partner warehouses in Bratislava. This allows us to offer you an extra service in your shipment, if for example you can't pick up your goods on the date they arrive at the port.

Our packing/unpacking services 


Good packaging is essential to prevent your goods from being damaged during transport. We have a team of experienced packers at our disposal. This allows us to provide you with the best packaging options to meet your product and budget constraints.


Packing material 

Carton box

Cardboard boxes are ideal for shipments such as removals. Indeed it allows to protect your belongings during transport.



If you need to send a larger volume of goods you will probably need to arrange them on a pallet. If your supplier does not offer this (in the case of a commercial shipment), we can take care of the palletization for you.


Wooden boxes 

Wooden boxes are the best way to transport fragile objects. If you need your objects to remain upright during the entire journey for example, this is also the best way.


Packing very important for the insurance 

Good packaging will reduce the cost of your insurance. The less your merchandise is damaged, the less your insurance will have to reimburse you. DocShipper can provide you with the best possible embossing to reduce the price of your insurance and avoid damage to your merchandise.


Freight insurance 

How much does a freight insurance cost ?

The price of your insurance is based on the price of your goods. Moreover, depending on the place of departure / destination, the nature of the goods, the insurance companie, etc., the rate may change.

The following calculation is made on the most part of time: (freight value + product value) * 2-3%.


Supplier management in Vietnam 

Control quality in Vietnam 

Contact and negotiation with the supplier can sometimes be complicated. DocShipper can contact your supplier in order to check your products. So you can be sure of the quality of the products, packaging or compliance with HS code standards. In order to facilitate this, our team speaks fluently French, English and Vietnamese.


3PL Services in Vietnam 

Order fulfillment/Packing & labelling in Vietnam 

If you want to import products into europe you need a logistic part. That's why DocShipper also offers you this 3PL service. We will take care of all the logistics. On your side it will only remain you to manage the sales of your products.


Last kilometer delivery 

We have reliable and serious partners in Slovakia and Vietnam. We are therefore able to offer you delivery to your home. If you don't have a lift we can place a truck crane in the street. We can also take care of unpacking and unpacking.


Shipping personal effects from Vietnam 

Excess baggage 

If you bought too much stuff during your trip to Vietnam (or even elsewhere) or want to bring back a bulky souvenir (like a statue), it will not be able to be put in your suitcase. DocShipper can therefore deliver them to your home via express delivery.

Moving service from Vietnam to Slovakia

If you need a removal service, this is our specialty. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information on customs clearance, freight, packing etc. You can also have a look on our relocation services page, following this link: Moving services

FAQ - Vietnam to Slovakia

Can DocShipper handle my personal effects from Vietnam to Slovakia?

Moving is DocShipper's speciality, as we have been moving to and from Asia for more than 10 years. We have a specialized department.

How DocShipper can handle my shipment from Vietnam to Slovakia?

Our most popular service is door-to-door service. Indeed it is the most complete service which, if you wish, can include packing/unpacking, loading/unloading.

What is the cheapest way to ship goods from Vietnam to Slovakia?

It depends on the volume you want to send. If the volume is less than about 3CBM, air freight will be the cheapest (and fastest). On the other hand, if your volume is higher, you will have to send your goods by sea freight.

What is the best between sea freight and air freight?

Again it depends on the volume. Air freight will be best for small volumes (less than 3CBM) or for faster shipping. Indeed you will need to count less than 1 day of transit for air freight against about 1 month for sea freight.

What we need to know to provide you a quote?

Every customer is different, that's why every quote is different. In order to provide you with a quotation we need as much information as possible such as weight / volume / type of goods / pick-up and delivery address / desired service.

Can I modify the delivery address once the freight process has begun?

Of course you can modify the delivey adress once the freight process has begun, please let us know as soon as possible.


DocShipper | Your dedicated freight forwarder in Vietnam !


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