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

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

Are you about to import (or export) products between Canada 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 made its “country guide”.

FNM Advice: FNM Vietnam is an international freight forwarder that handles all of your needs by operating as your single point of contact with all the logistics service providers. Relax because we take care of everything, packaging, organizing transport, customs clearance, administrative procedures, and regardless of the shipping method (air, sea, road, rail). Contact us to receive a free quote in less than 24 hours.

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

Sea freight shipping from Vietnam to Canada

Overview - Ocean cargo from Vietnam to Canada

freight vietnam canada Canada is one of the largest countries in the world.  Geographically, its situation crossing the northern American continent from east to west is providing great coastline on the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean to the country. Numerous ports and well-developed  infrastructures are enabling the country to handle important volumes of goods. Canadian ports are all ranked in the list of the 25 busiest ports of north America, according to the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). The main ports of the country are Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax and Prince Rupert. Thereby, ocean freight is one of the most used methods to transfer goods between Canada and Vietnam.

This transport method is well-appropriated if:

  • Time is not a constraint for your shipment
  • The volume of your shipment is larger than 2 CBM and the weight is heavier than 150 kgs


Shipping companies offering services from Vietnam to Canada ports

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FNM Note: With the maritime companies we just mentioned, we have very attractive rates for freight between Vietnam and Canada. The great relation we have with them for 10 years now, are enabling us to have great services for interesting costs. Contact us if you need more informations.

Port of Montreal

During the year 2017, the port of Montreal managed 38 million tonnes of goods in total. Among them, 14 million tonnes have been imported or exported by containers, which is corresponding to 1.5 million of TEUs. Others were 23.9 million tonnes of bulk. 61% of this bulk was liquid bulk, which is corresponding to 14.6 million of tonnes and the other 39% were solid bulk, which is corresponding to 9.3 million of tonnes of goods. Comparing to the previous year, the port of Montreal realised a growth of 7.6% of its goods’ traffic.

Port of Halifax

In 2017, port of Halifax handled 5 million tonnes of containerized goods, which is equivalent to 560 thousand of TEUs. Bulk goods handled during the same year were of 3.9 million of tonnes, which is a total of 8.9 million of tonnes of goods handled in 2017. This is describing a growth of 7% of the goods administered compared to the previous year.

Port of Vancouver

Port of Vancouver is the largest Canadian port and the 6th busiest port in North America, just after the neighbouring port of Seattle-Tacoma. In 2017, the port handled 142 million of tonnes of freight, which is describing a growth of 5% compared to the year 2016. Among these goods, 26 million of tonnes where containerized products which is corresponding to 3.2 million of TEUs. Bulk and transhipped goods will have respectively been of 98 million of tonnes and 16.6 million of tonnes during that same year. 430 thousands vehicles were imported or exported within this port.

Port of Prince Rupert

Port of Prince Rupert is the 3rd largest port of Canada. In 2017, it handled 9.2 million of containerized goods, which is corresponding to 926 thousand of TEUs. Among these goods, 5.2 million of tonnes where imported and 4 million where exported. In total 24.3 million of tonnes of goods where handled in Prince Rupert in 2017.

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

What is LCL?

Also called groupage, LCL is one of the two management methods for space in a container. It serves to handle different small shipments in a same container. Thereby, your shipment will be assembled with shipments from other senders, and each person will only pay for the space he is using. It enables to allocate fairly the total cost of the container between each consignee.

What is FCL?

FCL is the other method to handle space inside a container. Simply, if your goods are voluminous enough to entirely fulfil a container, or to be financially interesting to rent it all, this method will be preferred to groupage.

In which conditions is FCL recommended?

Usually, FCL is more advantageous economically, when your goods are larger than 15 CBMs.


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

The following table is describing the necessary navigation time between Vietnam and Canada.


*You can reach one of our consultants for further precisions on the necessary transit times between Vietnam and Canada

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

*Maritime freight is generally privileged by Canadian importers because compared to other methods, it is the most economic for large cargos.

It is the main reason explaining why ocean freight is the most used solution to transfer goods between Vietnam and Canada. For important volumes air freight is generally very expensive. Thereby, for voluminous and regular transfer through times between both countries, ocean freight is the best solution.



Special sea freight services

Reefer container from Vietnam to Canada

The reefer container is often used by chemical and food companies. It enables to move sensitive or perishable goods in a totally mastered environment. Indeed, humidity and temperature inside a reefer container are controlled in all times. Between Canada and Vietnam, FNM can book you reefer container freight.

Roro/Bulk/OOG from Vietnam to Canada

Similar to ferry ships, Roll-on/Roll-off vessels, also called “Roro” are equipped with a retractable ramp at their extremity. This ramp enables to load important quantity of goods on trailer, and all sorts of vehicles. It is the method used to transfer all types of vehicles worldwide, like cars, buses, trucks, boats…

 If you’re aiming to transfer raw goods in great quantities, bulk is the solution you need. Bulk cargos are enabling to transfer large quantities of liquid goods (gas, oil…) and solid goods (cereals, wood, ores…) in their large tanks.

OOG goods, which stands for Out of Gauge is including all sorts of goods that can’t be transferred by bulk cargo or container, because they are too voluminous or elaborated. They are generally charged on trailers or platforms, and then transported inside Roro vessels or on the last stage of a container. The inherent handling operations must be processed with care.

FNM Advice: We are experts in freight forwarding. Do you need to ship your goods from Vietnam to another country by sea? We are here and are able to take care of everything for you to help you save time and money! Contact us for more information about sea freight and a free quote!


Air freight shipping from Vietnam to Canada

Overview – Classic vs Express air freight

Express air freight is different from classic air freight, because the necessary time to deliver your goods is different. Indeed, to deliver your goods with express air freight, 4 days at most are necessary, while for classic air freight, around a week is required. This delay between the two methods is explained because the customs clearance is an automated process made inside express carriers’ facilities. For classic air freight it requires several hours, or even a day.

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

If your goods are measuring less than 2 CBMs and weighing less than 150 kgs, air freight will be more advantageous than sea freight. Between classic and express, the second is generally privileged for shipments smaller than 0.5 CBM and lighter than 30 kgs. Above, it is more expensive than classic air freight.

What is the difference between volumetric and gross weight?

*To better consider the density of your goods, two calculation methods are used to determine the chargeable weight of your items.

These two calculation methods are the gross weight and the volumetric weight. Thereby, you will determine two results, and the biggest will be considered to rate your shipment. The two pictures below are illustrating how to calculate with the two different methods:

How to calculate the gross weight of airfreight shipments

how to calculate volumetric weight









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

Which airlines company should you ship with?

FNM Note: As a freight forwarder, we are also providing air freight services to handle your shipment when you are in a rush and need the operation to be completed quickly. Don't hesitate to contact us for more information about air freight and a free quote!


How long is the transfer from Vietnam to Canada by air freight?

From Vietnam, more or less 20 hours are required for your goods to land in Canada.

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

Air freight, like all other freight solution is requiring numerous information to be quoted. We will provide you a tailored quote thanks to our quoting policy. Thereby, our consultants will answer your demand in the best time for air freight services. Don’t hesitate to contact them.

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

Express service – Perfect solution for small package

For large volumes, express freight isn’t recommended because it will be very expensive. Contrariwise, if your shipment is lighter than 20 kgs and smaller than 0.5 CBM, it is an interesting solution. Also, it is necessary to remind that it is the fastest transfer method existing. Of course, if you’re absolutely requiring this method to transfer your goods, we will do it without regarding the volume or the weight.

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

From your supplier’s location in Vietnam to your address in Canada, courier freight is requiring 4 days at most. This method is very quick because the customs clearance of your goods is made inside the facilities of the express carriers.

How much an Express service costs from Vietnam to Canada?

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*To quote your express freight, a different method is applied instead of gross and volumetric weight. The following ratio must be considered: 1 CBM = 200 kgs

Because we’re evaluating each request individually for express also, we don’t have a price list for this kind of service. We’re transmitting a precise and detailed price once we have enough data. We have very competitive rates for this type of services with the courier companies, thanks to the business volume we’re providing to them each month. You will not have such great rates if you’re asking them prices directly.

FNM Alert: Do you need to ship some goods as quickly as possible ? Take a look at our express freight page. Or you can also contact one of our experts directly.

Major airports to ship in Canada 

Toronto Airport

Toronto Airport is the most important airport in Canada, both in terms of freight and passengers. In 2014, 40% of the air freight in Canada was handled in this airport, which is corresponding to approximately 450 thousands of tonnes of goods. Around 50 million passengers travelled through this airport in 2017.

Vancouver Airport

Vancouver airport is the most important airport on the east coast of Canada. In 2016, this airport welcomed more than 22.3 million of passengers. During the year 2017, around 313 thousands of tonnes of cargo were administered in Canada through this airport. It is situated on the Sea Island in the estuary of the Fraser river, south of Vancouver.

Montréal Airport

Montréal Airport is the third airport of the country, both in terms of passenger and cargo flights. 206 thousand tonnes of goods were handled there in 2017, and 18 million passengers travelled there during the same period. It is corresponding to a growth of 7% of the cargo volume handled compared to the previous year.

Calgary Airport

Calgary Airport handled 147 thousands of tonnes of cargo and 16.3 millions of passengers in 2017. It corresponds to a growth of 4% of the passenger number compared to the previous year.

Door-to-door transport from Vietnam to Canada

Overview – Door to Door

Door-to-door, also called “All-in” freight, is the transport service that will provide you the greatest peace of mind. Indeed, we will handle the complete execution of your freight, including all the phases of storage, customs clearance, main and secondary transport… Until we deliver your goods to your address. We’re totally responsible of each phase of your transfer, which provides you serenity and time to achieve other things. The comfort provided with this solution is greatly appreciated by our customers.

Why door-to-door services are necessary?

Door-to-door is enabling us to ensure the greatest fluidity of your transfer from the start to the end. Indeed, our agents in Vietnam and Canada will cooperate to get rid of all possible delay and added costs, caused by communication mistakes between all the parties involved for your freight. Also, steps like the customs clearance will be monitored thanks to our collaborator’s proficiency with Canadian and Vietnamese customs.

FNM Note: Because we want to provide the most valuable and comfortable service to our customers, we propose door-to-door shipping, so you don't have to worry about your shipment from the beginning to its arrival in the recipient's office. Contact us for more information and a free quote!


Customs clearance in Canada for goods imported from Vietnam

How much will the customs clearance cost?

Before all import process, it’s a must to estimate the freight and customs clearance cost of your goods in Canada. Canada, Vietnam and all other countries that are members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are using the Harmonized System. Thanks to this, all the articles that you’re buying have the same ID code worldwide. This ID is called the “HS code” and is composed of 6 figures.

Calculate the import taxes that you will be liable to with the HS code

For instance, the HS code of a pineapple is 08043010, the picture below is describing the signification behind the code : hs code of a pineapple In case that you still don’t know what is the HS code of your product, the website of the Canadian post implemented an interesting tool to help you determine it. Let’s take still the example of a pineapple. When typing pineapple in the search bar, and choosing Canada as a country of destination, you will find the corresponding HS code: Now that you know the HS code of your product, you can find the inherent import taxes. In this objective you have to consult the departmental codification of the customs tariff 2019. In a first time, it is interesting to know which tariff treatment is applied to products made in Vietnam. In this objective, you can reach the page 27 of the document. You will find that Vietnamese goods can benefit of the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) and the General Preferential Tariff (GPT). You can now determine the amount of import taxes you will pay on your products. In this objective, you must go to the corresponding chapter. Still for pineapple, it is the chapter n°8 “EDIBLE FRUIT AND NUTS; PEEL OF CITRUS FRUIT OR MELONS” beginning at the page 149 of the document. Tariffs on pineapples are described on the page 154, where you can see: Prices are referred per Kgs of goods, as you can see. But pineapples are free of import taxes, so you will not have to pay any tariffs when you import this product. For all other kind of goods, please refer to the corresponding chapter, to the precise unit of measure used and the applicable preferential rate.

VAT in Canada

Canada is implementing a unique system in terms of VAT. Three rates are applying individually or added, depending on the province where you’re bringing your goods. These rates are the GST, the PST and the HST:

  • The GST (Goods and Services Tax) is applied in most of the Anglo-Saxon countries and is the equivalent of the VAT in other countries. The rate is of 5% in all the province.
  • The PST (Products and Services Tax) is applied in complement of the GST, only in certain provinces. It is applied on the price of the product without taxes, except in Québec, where it is applied on the price with the GST.
  • Finally, the HST is designating all the taxes that you will have to pay, like the GST + PST eventually, depending on the province.

To learn more about the applicable taxes in the province where you aim to import goods, the website is explaining greatly how it works.

Excise duties in Canada

The law on excise in Canada is aiming to tax different products and services like:

  • Jewelry
  • Cosmetics
  • Air transportation
  • Some types of vehicles
  • Air conditioning for vehicles
  • Gas and Fuel
  • Telecommunications
  • Liquors and alcoholic beverages
  • Tobacco products and cannabis

The laws applying on these products are very detailed. If you wish to import them in Canada from Vietnam, you will find the corresponding information by following these links:

How to have an import tax exemption in Canada?

In Canada, depending on the type of goods and the country of import, you can benefit of a diminution or a total exoneration of tariffs. It is concerning:

  • The most basic products like food and agricultural products, drugs…
  • The import countries of the GPT list like Vietnam, or the Least Developed Country (LDCT)
  • All the countries possessing a FTA with Canada like Israel, Colombia, Australia, Chile, Costa Rica, EU, USA, Honduras, Mexico, Iceland, Jordan, Korea, Norway, New Zealand, Peru, Panama, States of the Commonwealth, Switzerland, Lichtenstein and Ukraine

General Preferential Tariff (GPT)

Canada, like all the countries member of the WTO, is supporting the economic and social development of the emerging countries like Vietnam. This comes out in the form of a reduction or a total exemption of import taxes on the goods produced in these countries. Most of the products made in Vietnam can benefit of the GPT, except some categories of products, where the international competition is too intense, like textile products. The necessary condition to benefit of such measures is to provide the Certificate of Origin of your goods to the Canadian customs. Indeed, no other documents can legally prove that your articles were made in Vietnam.

Does FNM Vietnam charges the customs representation?

No, we’re only charging the handling and production of the necessary documents. Of course, you will be liable to pay the import taxes and other taxes that are inherent to your goods. All the necessary documents during the customs clearance of your goods will be provided to you.

How is the customs clearance process doing in Canada?

The arrival of my goods and the customs clearance, step by step

Here are the steps that you should follow to clear your goods with the Canadian customs:

  • If you don’t have one, you can ask an enterprise registration number to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), (by the way you can call them for this at the 1-800-959-7775). You have to do the Business Registration Online (BRO)
  • Then use the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), to declare your goods to the Canadian customs
  • You will have to pay the import taxes after, to obtain the release of your goods, after that the customs received them in custody. You will find the different payment options by following this link
  • The goods can travel through the Canadian territory after and be delivered to the final destination

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 Canadian customs Badge of the Canadian customs Official name: Canada Border Services Agency Website: Canadian Customs

What are the necessary documents for the freight and the clearance of my goods?

The Bill of lading or Airway bill

The BL is equivalent to a boarding pass and a passport for your cargo. Depending on the used transfer method, it can take the form of an Airway bill for an air freight, or a Bill of Lading for an Ocean freight. It is also a document testifying that the transport of your shipment is legal, because it is emitted once the carrier is receiving payment for its services. This document is paramount when we’re talking about an international transfer of commercial goods. The following pictures are detailing how a B/L is organised and all the information we can find on: copy of a Bill of Ladingexplanation of the information on a Bill of Lading

The original invoice

The CBSA will use it to make sure that the goods you’re importing are corresponding to the one that are described on your customs declaration.

The packing list

The packing list is summing up all the items in your shipment. You must attach to it the MSDS data sheet and the international code, in case that you’re importing hazardous or chemical goods to Canada.

Certificate of Origin

This document is of a prime importance if you wish to be granted the GPT tariff treatment. Indeed, it is the only legal proof that your goods were manufactured in Vietnam. Your supplier must sign the certificate of origin, who must be produced by a Vietnamese government agency. Like the Bill of Lading, the Certificate of Origins is one of the most important documents for all international import. Here is how a certificate of origin is looking, here in Chinese: Chinese Certificate of Origin

What are the restricted or forbidden products in Canada?

Products requiring an import license

The following goods are requiring an import license delivered by the corresponding authority, in order to be imported:

  • Animals; plants; food and all other similar items, food labels ; wooden packaging ; machineries and used equipment ; international garbage (licenses provided by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency)
  • Agri-food products ; Clothes and textiles ; Products from countries with embargo ; weapons ; steel (licenses provided by Global Affairs Canada)
  • Human bodies and all its organs and parts ; pathogens (licenses provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada)
  • Devices emitting radiations; Nuclear technologies or materials or with a double use in nuclear activities (licenses provided by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission)
  • Labelling and packing of products other than food ; clothes labelling ; precious metals labelling (licenses provided by the Competition Bureau Canada)
  • Wild or endangered animal or vegetal species ; hazardous recyclable wastes and materials ; Substances depleting the ozone layer or products composed with such substances (licenses provided by Environment and Climate Change Canada)
  • Gas, fuel and electricity (licenses provided by the National Energy Board)
  • Cultural and patrimonial goods (licenses provided by the Canadian Heritage)
  • Telecommunication and radiocommunication technologies (licenses provided by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)
  • Aquatic and fishery species (licenses provided by Fisheries and Ocean Canada)
  • Weapons and ammunitions (licenses provided by the Canadian Firearms Program)
  • Diamonds, explosives and fireworks (licenses provided by Natural Resources Canada)
  • Food ; consumer goods ; vitamins ; natural products ; medical devices ; pharmaceutical products ; toxic substances ; pesticides ; radiation emitting devices (licenses provided by Health Canada)
  • Goods or technologies able to influence the national defence and security (licenses provided by the Controled Goods Program)
  • Vehicles; tires; hazardous goods (licenses provided by Transport Canada)

Products restricted to import

Some kind of products can be imported, but their import is strictly controlled. Such products are:

  • Weapons and ammunitions
  • Turkeys, chickens, eggs and poultries for a personal use
  • Beef and veal for a personal use
  • Dairies and margarine for personal use
  • Eligible agricultural goods
  • Hazardous chemical products
  • Roses (flower)
  • Wheat and barley
  • Steel and specialized products in steel

You will find all these details on the Justice Laws Website

Products forbidden to import

Are forbidden to enter in the Canadian territory:

  • All materials considered obscene
  • All goods produced by prisoners
  • Fake or altered money
  • Goods mentionned in the Departmental consolidation of the customs tariff 2019
  • Used or 2nd hand mattress
  • Matches with white phosphorus
  • Used or 2nd hand vehicles
  • Vicious propaganda and all material aiming to create sedition and betrayal

Free Trade Agreements between Canada and Vietnam

The CPTPP (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) is a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) implying 495 million of persons in 11 different countries, including Vietnam and Canada. This FTA entered into force the 30 December 2018 for Canada and the 14 January 2019 for Vietnam. Since 2015, Vietnam is the first economic partner of Canada inside ASEAN. The CPTPP will favour trades and both economies of Vietnam and Canada by suppressing import taxes on numerous Canadian goods in Vietnam like agricultural products:

  • Beef and pork – All the import taxes on these two meats can be as high as 31% in Vietnam and will be suppressed within 9 years
  • Lobsters – Tariff barriers of up to 34% will be completely eliminated within 3 years
  • Salmons and fish filets – Import taxes of up to 18% are suppressed since the 14 January 2019
  • Canola – Import taxes of up to 5% and 20% respectively on seeds and canola oil are suppressed since the 14th of January 2019 for seeds and within 7 years for the oil.
  • Whiskey and ice wine – Import taxes up to 56% will be suppressed within 10 years
  • Cardboard packaging, journal paper, papers and uncoated cartons – Tariff barriers of up to 27% will be totally eliminated within 3 years

Industrial products :

  • Industrial machineries – Customs tariffs of up to 25% will be totally suppressed within 8 years
  • Chemical and plastic products – Import taxes on these products can reach 31% and will become free of tax within 10 years
  • Minerals and metals – Customs rights on such products are at least of 31%, and will be free within 10 years
  • Cosmetic products – Import taxes on such products in Vietnam can reach 30% and will be free within 4 years

CPTPP will provide to Canadian investors more security, protection and ease to penetrate the Vietnamese market. The sectors of the economy in Vietnam with the biggest potential nowadays are:

  • Education – Vietnam is one of the biggest importers in the world of education products and services
  • Communication and information technologies – The Vietnamese GDP is composed at 7% by the CIT sector
  • Agriculture and Food – Two massive sectors in Vietnam
  • Infrastructures – Transport, Health and social infrastructures are booming in Vietnam, since the standard of living is growing
  • Environment – Conscious of the fragility of their territory, and of earth in general, Vietnam is aiming to create a viable economic development on long term and is including fully the ecologic dimension
  • Aerospace – The Vietnamese sector of aerospace will be one of the tenth markets worldwide with the biggest growth in the next decade, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Trade relationship between Vietnam and Canada

The last trade statistics from the World Bank (2016), are showing that Canada is the 18th export and the 30th import partner of Vietnam. On the other way, Vietnam is the 36th export and the 10th import partner of Canada. During this year, trade flows departing from Vietnam and going to Canada had a value of 3.7 billion USD, while flows going to Vietnam from Canada had a value of 400 million USD. The trade balance between these two countries are largely benefiting to Vietnam. Canada is largely exporting soy seeds, wheat, crustacean, frozen fish, potassium fertilizer, raw furs, coal bricks and polyethylene to Vietnam. In return, Canada is importing broadcasting equipment, computers, furniture, textile and leather shoe, insulated wires from Vietnam.

FNM advice: Do you need more information about the tariff classification? You should click here. FNM is providing a customs clearance service in addition to our freight services to ensure your goods pass customs with complete peace of mind.


What other services can FNM Vietnam provide?

Our packing/unpacking services


You wish to do the packing of your goods by yourself, before their transfer? We’re giving you some tricks and tips in the next paragraphs. Note first that this important step is requiring a great care to be processed. Indeed, the conditioning of your goods is the biggest protection possible, to protect your cargo against all constraints applied by the environment. We’re having very skilled packing teams to pack your goods the best way.

Packing material

Cardboard packaging

You should know that more the carton is thick and inflexible, the better it will cover your goods against all shock. Cardboard packaging is a material used in the industry since a long time ago, but it is still very convenient to use to pack numerous types of goods. No matter the volume and the shape of your products, our packing teams will only use premium cardboard to condition your goods.

The palettization of your products

The pallet is enabling your goods to be easily moved with mechanic handling methods. Thereby, it allows a better and safer handling of your goods, to put them inside a container. We’re possessing in our warehouses all possible dimensions and types of pallets, to palletize your goods if your supplier can’t provide this service.

Wooden crates

Voluminous objects can be placed inside wooden crates to ease their transport. Depending on the necessary precautions to handle them, they can be placed inside a crate or a box. Indeed, if they need to be oriented in a particular direction during their transport, it is better to place them inside a wooden crate. On the other hand, if they can be placed without any precise direction, the crate is better used. Our operation teams can place your goods in crates, without regarding their dimensions.

Other: Polystyrene, bubble wrap, tape, wrapping paper

All these protecting and wrapping materials are enabling a cushioned contact between your goods and their box or crate that are containing them. Our packing staff is systematically using it to isolate each object.

Why packing is important for the insurance?

The packing is very important because in any case of damage inflicted on your goods during their transport, the insurance company that may cover your goods will systematically verify how the packing was realized. If it wasn’t made professionally, they can refuse to refund the goods you lost. To keep a peace of mind during the transfer of your goods, you can ask for our packing teams to condition your goods.


FNM Note: Our page dedicated to our packing services is describing our proficiency and also gives you tips to correctly choose the best packing materials for your goods.

Insure the transport of your goods

How much does a freight insurance cost?

The commercial value of your products is used as a base to calculate the price of your insurance contract. It explains why it’s not recommended to declare a too small value of your goods, because you will not be completely refunded in case of any damage happening. Obviously, you will only increase the price of your insurance contract if you’re declaring a superior value.

The price that the insurance will charge you is determined this way: freight value + product value * 2-3%

The percent rate is determined in function of the type of goods you’re aiming to ensure


FNM Note: Our page about the cargo insurance, and our specialists can give you further information on our services.

Supplier management in Vietnam

Quality control in Vietnam

With your supplier, it is important for us to establish a great contact from start, to learn more about the state and the packing of your goods. It is extremely important because we can’t let go goods that are too fragile or poorly packed, because they will not survive to an international transport. Thereby, we can avoid a great part of the incidents that can happen.

Relationship with your supplier

Without regarding the incoterm of your transfer, even for a FOB (Free On Board) transfer, the type, the HS Code, the dimensions and the packing of your goods will always be verified. Our collaborators are well-concerned and will ensure an excellent communication with your suppliers, thanks to their proficiency in Vietnamese, French and English. The handling of your goods, their documentation and packaging will be perfectly handled. Thereby, your freight will be fluid and uninterrupted.


Last mile delivery

Without regarding where you’re located in Canada, we can deliver your goods to your address thanks to our international network of messengers, presents in Vietnam as well as in Canada. They are guaranteeing the quality of our door-to-door services.

Shipping personal effects from Vietnam

Excess luggage

If you’re coming back from a trip in Vietnam, and you’re bringing home with you a lot more items than on your arrival, the airline might refuse to bring all your luggage on board. Thanks to our express transport services, we can deliver your excess personal effects and souvenirs to your address in Canada in the best time.


Relocation services between Vietnam and Canada

We’re able to take in charge the packing, the transfer, the customs clearance and the storage (if necessary) of your goods between the two countries, without regarding the sense. Our relocation services are very effective and flexible for your particular needs.

FNM Note: We’re advising you to read our page dedicated to relocation, to go deeper on the subject. Our advisors can also answer the questions you may have.

Free regulation advisor

Our proficiency between Vietnam and Canada is enabling us to effectively point out the possible issues and requirements that are proper to each transfer. You can reach us for all administrative aspects, or any other topic that are important for your project. It will avoid you to spend unnecessary money and time.

FAQ – For 1st time importer from Vietnam

Do I need a license to import goods from Vietnam in Canada?

Some types of goods are requiring an import license to be introduced in the Canadian territory. It only depends on the type of goods you’re aiming to import, but in most of the situations, it isn’t required. To learn which Canadian administrations you should reach for you request, read the paragraph 2.7.1 of this article.

Do I need a customs broker in Canada?

If you are not skilled for the type of product you’re aiming to import in Canada, it isn’t recommended to try to do the customs clearance of your goods by yourself. This procedure must be realized as quickly as possible, to dodge any useless fees, and lost time. To take the services of a skilled customs commissioner like FNM Vietnam is advised. If you’re skilled enough for the customs clearance with the CBSA, you can do it yourself.

Should I have a Business number registration to import? If yes, how to obain it?

The BNR is imperative to have prior to all import process, you can reach the Government of Canada website to have more details on how to have it.

How Can Air Freight Be Cheaper Than Ocean Freight?

Air freight is generally more competitive if your shipment has dimensions smaller than 2 CBM and a weight lighter than 200 kgs. Above, maritime freight is absolutely cheaper than other freight solutions between the two countries. The paragraph is bringing a clear answer to this question.

Should I pay an insurance for the transport of my goods from Vietnam?

Subscribing to an insurance contract for the freight of your goods isn’t mandatory. Reciprocally, it is very advised to take one, because the carrier of your goods cannot legally be put in cause for the damage or the loss of your cargo during the transfer. We wrote a dedicated page on the cargo insurance, for further details.

Do I need to pay insurance for my goods from China?

There are several possibilities for your goods to be imported in Canada with a customs exoneration. The paragraph 2.3) of this article is going deep on the topic.

Should I pay import taxes or other taxes in Vietnam?

If you’re exporting goods from Canada to Vietnam, the importer in Vietnam, that maybe you by the way, should fulfil eventual import taxes. On the other hand, in the opposite way, there isn’t export taxes to pay in Vietnam in general, except in the case that your goods are sensitive for Vietnam.

How to find the inherent import taxes on my products?

You’ll need the ASFC website in this objective, we’re detailing the complete procedure in the paragraph 2.2) of this article.


Usually, Vietnamese suppliers are using the FOB or EXW incoterm, and more occasionally CIF in their selling contract. It only depends on your supplier, what he prefers and what is more suitable for him.

What payment method is recommended to pay my vietnamese supplier?

It is recommended to pay your supplier through Paypal, Alibaba Trade Assurance, with a letter of credit, with a wire transfer or cryptocurrencies. It is a lack of professionalism and seriousness if he is requiring another payment method, because all other proposed solutions aren’t as safe as the one precedently quoted.

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

If the transfer contract established with us or with your supplier is stipulating that the selling incoterm is DAP or DAT, you shouldn’t be worried because the delivery is planned to your address. In the case of a CFR or CIF, it will be necessary to pass through an agent in Canada so your goods can enter in the Vietnamese territory.

Door-to-door services from Vietnam to Canada – What should FNM know to provide me a quote?

The information and documents that we should have are the packing list, the dimensions and weight of your goods, the HS Code, the pickup address and the delivery address of your goods. If your goods are particular, we can ask you other information for the great process of the freight.

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

If you don’t know the reputation of your sourcing website, in the case that you sourced your supplier on the internet, it is primary to verify the notoriety of the platform. For this you can watch for opinions on other websites and forums. Afterwards you can verify the reputation of your supplier particularly. Here are a few steps to check your supplier’s reputation:

  • Firstly, analyse his clients. If most of his clients are in Europe, in the US or in Japan for instance, you can be sure that his products are at least of a correct quality. On the other hand, if the majority of its clients are in Africa or Middle-East, you must be pernicketier before placing your first order.
  • After, it is important to analyse his products catalogue. If it is homogeneous, and that there is a clear directing line, for instance wooden jewellery, wooden artwork, wooden accessories… It is certainly a manufacturer. On the other hand, if he is providing very different articles like silicon phone cases, headphones and selfie sticks, he is probably a wholesaler rather than a producer. In general, wholesalers are less focused on quality than direct manufacturers.
  • Finally, verify since when your supplier is active online. If he’s been active for more than 5 years, you can easily trust him.

In case of any doubts, do not hesitate to reach our consultants, they will provide you great advices on the proficiency of your supplier.

FAQ – How can FNM be helpful?

Do you have a privacy policy?

Our privacy policy can be consulted on our website. We’re ensuring you that none of your information will be disclosed. We’re only using your details to deliver the best service possible.

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

Because communication is a key factor for the success of every project, our consultants are available at all time to answer your questions. They can be reached every day of the week, until you’re totally satisfied of the service provided. Naturally, they will join you for each progress of your freight, until the final delivery.

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

Of course, our consolidation services are realized in our facilities, once we will receive all the different goods from your several suppliers. Our FNM specialists will bring you further details on this topic, you can reach them on purpose.

Can I change the delivery address once the transfer process has begun?

Yes, you can. However, please inform us as soon as possible, so we can adapt and reorganize you transfer the best way possible.


We hope that this page provides you more knowledge on the freight and customs process between Vietnam and Canada. We also hope that your project between the two countries seems clearer now, and you’re guided to proceed it. You always can reach one of our consultants for recommendations based on your situation. As told, FNM Vietnam can help you to source your products in Vietnam, to optimise your transport and supply chain, from or to Vietnam.


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📦 International relocation in Vietnam

A personal or professional opportunity makes you move to Vietnam? You fell in love with the country and wish to spend your retreat here? Each expat in Vietnam has its own story and its own motivation, that brought him in. For a relocation from or to Vietnam, FNM Vietnam can accompany you during all the phases of your moving. For the packing, the warehousing, the transfer and the customs clearance, our experts are here to assist you. Thanks to our experience in relocation in Vietnam, we wrote down this article in order to answer the recurrent questions we’re receiving. You can also contact us for more details on this subject. 

1) What you should know before all relocation in Vietnam

It is advised to send your personal belongings at least 5 weeks before your arrival. Because the customs clearance will inevitably be made with your presence, it will begin once you’re arrived. The customs clearance is generally done within a week, but there is a delay of approximately one month before your personal effects will be considered. If you’re importing your personal vehicle, this delay will be extended.

The inventory you will write for customs authorities must be extremely precise on the content you’re moving, and must provide photos ideally.

Because your passport will be required for the clearance, it will not be yours for a few days. Hence, it is advised to do your formalities and administrative procedures, like the opening of a bank account in Vietnam, before the customs clearance.


2) Import personal effects in Vietnam

Details must be clearly written on the inventory and the cartons.


2.1) What are the necessary documents to import your personal effects?

If you want to import personal belongings during your relocation in Vietnam, a precise list of documents will be asked upon your arrival. These documents are:

  • A copy of the ID page of your passport
  • A copy of the page of your passport, containing your entry visa stamped
  • A detailed inventory compiling all the goods you’re entering, (written in English or Vietnamese)
  • The Bill of Lading (or Airway Bill) of your personal belongings
  • Your Vietnamese visa valid at least for three months, or the temporary residency card
  • The boarding card of your entrance flight into Vietnam
  • If you’re employed by a company, the employment letter and a copy of the company license
  • If you’re an entrepreneur, a copy of your company license
  • A copy of your work permit
  • An applying letter
  • Your personal address in Vietnam


2.2) Your documents’ validity requirements

All the documents detailed above must be signed and stamped by the employer of the owner of the personal belongings. For each shipment, each document must be provided in triplicate.


2.3) Specificities depending on where you’re settling in Vietnam

In Hanoi, customs are requiring a copy of the work contract, in addition of the other documents. A compliance certificate will be asked for your entry visa and your temporary residence card. This can be obtained by bringing the original documents to the Desk of the popular committee of Hanoi.

In HCMV, all the photocopies must be certified compliant. Like in Hanoi, the original documents must be brought to the desk of the popular committee.


2.4) Physical and cultural inspection of your personal belongings

If your personal belongings are transferred in Vietnam by air freight, they will be inevitably physically inspected by customs at the airport terminal. If they are transferred by ocean freight, they may be physically inspected. The physical inspection of your goods coming by air freight will last 2 days at most, while it will last between 2-3 days for a full container (FCL), and between 3 to 5 days for LCL shipment.

All the cargoes are undergoing a cultural inspection. This procedure is generally lasting between 3 to 4 days. Books, artworks, DVDs, CDs, and antiques will be screened. All the artworks having a cultural, artistic or ideologic purposes will be screened.

The antiques you’re importing must be clearly taken in photo and documented. They will be inspected and registered at your entrance. This procedure can last 2-3 days.

The personal belongings of diplomatic persons will not be inspected.

2.5) What are the applicable import taxes for an import of alcohol or tobacco as personal effects?

For beverages containing alcohol, import taxes will be paid according to the type of beverage:

  • Alcohols under or above 30° (wines excluded) are taxed at rates of 125% and 150%
  • Wines are exempted of taxes, if you’re importing less than 20 bottles. Above this quantity, they will be taxed between 125-150%

For tobacco, import taxes are applied with the following:

  • Above 100 cigars, they will be taxed at a 150% rate
  • Above 400 cigarettes, they will be taxed as high as 150% rate
  • All other tobacco products will be taxed at a 45% rate


2.6) What are the other taxed personal effects during a relocation to Vietnam?

Personal computers and printers will be taxed as high as 10%.

Non-perishable food, canned food and all long-term food products can only be imported in small quantities. 

2.7) What are the objects that you cannot import?

  • Weapons and ammunitions
  • Explosives
  • Military equipment
  • Radio transmitters
  • Satellites
  • Toxic chemicals
  • Anti-government objects
  • Fireworks
  • Dangerous or abmoral games
  • Pronographic or subversive content
  • Motorcycle


3) Import your personal vehicle in Vietnam

3.1) What you need to know at first

First you should know that only diplomats, people with Vietnamese origins and foreigners working in Vietnam can import a vehicle. Not all types of vehicles can be imported, except if you’re working for the United Nations, an embassy or a consulate under diplomatic status. Only diplomats can import their vehicle free of tax. People that are staying in Vietnam for tourism, or for a short period, cannot import their vehicles. 2nd hand vehicles of more than 5 years cannot be imported also.

Several procedures need to be done, once the vehicle is arrived in the Vietnamese territory:

  1. At the customs office, you should ask for an import license for your vehicle
  2. At the port where your vehicle is, you must complete the required customs procedures
  3. You must pay the taxes and duties inherent to your vehicle at the tax office. You can retrieve your vehicle at the port after
  4. Then comes the registration of your vehicle, that needs to be done at the police office in charge of the road traffic. An appointment date will be scheduled so you can retrieve the vehicle registration certificate. This step is one of the longest, it will be longer if it’s a second-hand vehicle.

  5. Once you have the vehicle registration certificate, the technical control of the vehicle must be done at the technical control office.


3.2) What are the required documents for a vehicle import in Vietnam?

  • Your original passport
  • A residency card
  • An ownership proofs
  • The original invoice of the purchase of the vehicle

4) Bring your pets to Vietnam

To bring your pet with you in Vietnam, you must constitute a file containing:

  • The passport of the owner of the pets
  • The vaccination book
  • The entry visa of the owner, valid 3 months at least
  • The vaccination certificate against rabies
  • The health book of the pet
  • The import permit
  • The international health certificate delivered by the veterinary authority in your country
  • The flight tickets of the animal and its owner in triplicate

This file must be brought to the animal health control office of the airport of arrival. Of course, you must send it before your arrival in Vietnam. The import permit is delivered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation. The quarantine for animals travelling in hold isn’t required. Animals must arrive from Monday to Friday, before 3:30 pm.


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🏬 Warehousing services in Vietnam

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🛣 Crossborder freight From/To Vietnam

Cross-border freight is well-developed between Vietnam, and it’s three terrestrial neighbours, which are Cambodia, Laos and China. Between the 4 countries, rail, road and fluvial freight solutions are existing. There are, in total, 56 major and 71 minor border posts that are unifying Vietnam to its neighbouring countries. This article is detailing the different ways, procedures, transit times and trading data between Vietnam, Laos, China and Cambodia.

map of the roads in Indochina

This map is highlighting the main highways and railways existing between the 4 countries.

Cross-border freight between Vietnam and Laos

laos vietnam crossboarderA long border is separating Laos from the north-western part of Vietnam. Because it is crossed by 7 highways, this border is favourable to trade between the two countries. The two countries are members of the ASEAN, so trade in goods are eased and encouraged between them. Below is a list of the main road checkpoints from south to north, that are enabling vehicles to drive between the two countries :

  • Bo Y International border gate / Xayden
  • Cửa khẩu La Lay / La Lay Border A Chungklung
  • Lao Bao Border 605 / Dansavan
  • Cha Lo Bordergate / Ban Dupré
  • Cau Treo Border pass / Nam Phao International Checkpoint
  • Nam Can Border station / Dindan
  • Ban Na Meo / Ban Na Mang
  • Joint Control Station Loong Sap / Pa Hang
  • Ban Chieng Khuong / Ban Dan
  • Sop Cop Border Crossing station
  • Border Crossing 113 Vietnam Laos

 Transit times between Vietnam and Laos

Road freight between the two countries is short on average. At most, 2 days are necessary to travel between Vietnam and Laos. The following table is detailing the road transit times between the main cities of the two countries :

HCMC Hanoi Hai Phong Da Nang Can Tho Bien Hoa Nha Trang
Vientiane 1 day 21 hours 1 day 1 day 2 days 1 day 2 days
Pakse 17 hours 1 day 1 day 11 hours 21 hours 17 hours 21 hours
Savannakhet 1 day 21 hours 1 day 14 hours 1 day 1 day 1 day
Luang Prabang 2 days 1 day 1 day 1 day 2 days 2 days 2 days
Xam Neua 2 days 10 hours 13 hours 1 day 2 days 2 days 2 days
Phonsavan 2 days 18 hours 19 hours 1 day 2 days 2 days 2 days

Customs procedure at the border between Vietnam and Laos

customs clearance vietnamTo ease cross-border trucking, easier and more flexible rules have been implemented at the border:

  • Enterprises must have the international transport trade certificate
  • Vehicles doing the cross-border freight must have the inter-state permit
  • Customs procedures at checkpoints have been eased
  • The vehicle types and itineraries limitations have been suppressed between the two countries
  • It is allowed to cross the border in 15 checkpoints between the two countries
  • The limitation of trading and non-trading vehicles allowed to cross the border has been suppressed

Trade statistics between Vietnam and Laos

Vietnam is the 3rd import and export partner of Laos according to the most recent statistics. On the Vietnamese side, Laos was its 34th export and 24th import partner. In 2016, 506.8 million USD of goods from Laos where exported to Vietnam, and 402.4 million USD of Vietnamese goods where imported into Laos.

Laos is mainly importing refined petroleum, bi-wheels vehicle parts, hot-rolled iron bars, stone processing machines, beers, iron structures and flat flat-rolled steel from Vietnam. On the other way, Vietnam is principally importing flavored water, rolled tobacco, rubber, bovine, raw sugar, coffee, oxometallic and peroxometallic acid salts, corn, rice and cassava from Laos.

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Cross-border freight between Vietnam and Cambodia

vietnam cambodia crossboarderVietnam and Cambodia are possessing a terrestrial border in common. This border is located on the eastern side of Cambodia, and on the south-western part of Vietnam. This border can be crossed by trucks but also by vessels, because numerous rivers are crossing the two territories, like the Mekong. Several roads and highways are also crossing the two countries. In addition to their belonging to the ASEAN, numerous agreements have been signed between the two countries to ease trades.

Hence, in 2009, the two countries signed a free circulation agreement for vessels on the Mekong. This agreement reduced drastically the customs procedures imposed to the ship navigating between the two countries on the river. It also increased the goods transport operated by Vietnamese, Cambodian and foreign shipping companies. Since that time, the fluvial freight on the Mekong is in a constant growth and development.

Here is a list of the main border posts existing between the two countries, going from south to north:

  • Ha Tien Border Crossing / Prek Chak International Border Crossing
  • Tinh Bien / Phnom Den Bordergate
  • Long Binh / Chrey Thom Customs and Tax Office
  • Immigration Check Point at the Border from Vietnam to Cambodia on the Mekong River
  • Cửa khẩu Quốc tế Dinh Bà / Pras Sva Village
  • Thong Binh / Peam Montea Border Checkpoint
  • Cambodia-Vietnam Border Binh Hiep / Thmei Commune
  • Cửa khẩu Quốc tế Mộc Bài / Bavet Border Stop
  • HẢI QUAN CỬA KHẨU XA MÁT / Police of Trapeang Phlong International Border Check Point
  • Cửa khẩu phụ Vạc Sa
  • International Hoa Lu border gate / Snoul boarder Cambodia
  • Cửa khẩu Hoàng Diệu
  • Gate Bup'rang / Dak Dam
  • Le Thanh Border Gate / Pok Nhai

Transit times between Vietnam and Cambodia

transit vietnam campodiaAs for Laos, road freight between Vietnam and Cambodia enables to transfer goods quickly between the two countries. The following table indicates the transit times between the main cities:

HCMC Hanoi Hai Phong Da Nang Can Tho Bien Hoa Nha Trang
Phnom Penh 7 hours 2 days 2 days 1 day 6 hours 7 hours 19 hours
Ta Khmau 7 hours 2 days 2 days 1 day 6 hours 7 hours 19 hours
Battambang 16 hours 2 days 2 days 1 day 15 hours 16 hours 1 day
Serei Saophoan 17 hours 2 days 2 days 1 day 18 hours 17 hours 1 day
Siem Reap 14 hours 1 day 1 day 1 day 16 hours 14 hours 1 day
Kampong Cham 6 hours 2 days 2 days 1 day 9 hours 6 hours 16 hours
Sihanoukville 14 hours 2 days 2 days 1 day 9 hours 14 hours 1 day

Customs procedure at the border between Vietnam and Cambodia

customs checkpointFor a crossborder truck freight from Vietnam to Cambodia, it is necessary to show to the Vietnamese customs office at the border several documents, included:

  • The commercial invoice(s) of the goods
  • The selling contract(s)
  • The packing list(s)
  • The vehicle bill of lading

When you arrive in Cambodia, the Cambodian customs will asks you to show:

  • The selling contract(s)
  • The commercial invoice(s)
  • The packing list(s)
  • The VAT and the patent

Also, the inter-state permit for the vehicle and the international transport trade certificate may be asked.

Trade statistics between Vietnam and Cambodia

According to the last statistics published, Vietnam was the third import and 7th export partner of Cambodia. In the other way, Cambodia was the 19th import and export partner of Vietnam. Cambodia exported a total value of 230 million USD of goods in Vietnam, while Vietnam exported 1.415 billion USD of goods in Cambodia in 2016.

Cambodia is mainly importing refined petroleum, light rubberized knitted fabrics, petroleum gas, footwear components, animal food, bi-wheel vehicle parts and nitrogenous fertilizers from Vietnam.

On the other way, Vietnam is importing rubber, raw sugar, light rubberized knitted fabrics, diamonds, molasses, rolled tobacco, watch cases and parts and aluminium cans from Cambodia.

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Cross-border freight between Vietnam and China

vietnam china crossboarderChina is one of the most important trade partners of Vietnam. Indeed, a lot of Vietnamese goods are exported to China. China is also exporting a large quantity of goods into Vietnam. Their neighbouring situation is facilitating the road and rail transport between them, which are very developed. But the biggest part of their exchanges is made via sea freight. Free Trade Agreements between China and the ASEAN is greatly easing road transport between the two territories. Numerous roads are crossing the border located between northern Vietnam and south-eastern China. China is a vast country, so road freight is mainly used to transport goods between Vietnam and southern China. Contrariwise, rail freight between the two countries is covering larger zones.

Here is a list of the Checkpoints between the two countries, going from west to east:

  • Border Posts No. 66(2) / Bin He Lu
  • Lao Cai International Border Gate Administration Center / Hekouzhen
  • Thanh Thuy Border Crossing Gate / Malipo Xian
  • Hung Quoc gate
  • Ta Lung Border Station
  • Cửa khẩu Pò Mã
  • Friendship Border Station / Border Port No. 1116Border Port No. 1116
  • Chi Ma border gate / Ningming Xian
  • Hoanh Mo Border / Fangchenggang
  • Mong Cai international border gate

 Transit times between Vietnam and China

transit vietnam chinaDepending on which cities you are trying to join from Vietnam to southern China, the journey can be short or moderately long. The table below is providing transit times for crossborder truck freights between the two countries:

HCMC Hanoi Hai Phong Da Nang Can Tho Bien Hoa Nha Trang
Shenzhen / Guangzhou / Hong Kong 3 days 1 day 1 day 2 days 3 days 3 days 3 days
Dongguan 3 days 1 day 1 day 2 days 3 days 3 days 3 days
Foshan 3 days 1 day 1 day 2 days 3 days 3 days 3 days
Shantou 3 days 1 day 1 day 2 days 3 days 3 days 3 days
Kunming 3 days 1 day 1 day 2 days 3 days 3 days 2 days
Zhongshan 3 days 1 day 1 day 2 days 3 days 3 days 3 days
Nanning 2 days 11 hours 12 hours 1 day 2 days 2 days 2 days
Huizhou 3 days 1 day 1 day 2 days 3 days 3 days 3 days

The following table is detailing transit times between the main Vietnamese and Chinese cities via rail freight :

HCMC Hanoi Hai Phong Da Nang Can Tho Bien Hoa Nha Trang
Xi’An 8 days 5 days 5 days 7 days 8 days 8 days 8 days
Shenzhen/Guangzhou 6 days 3 days 2 days 4 days 6 days 6 days 6 days
Qingdao 10 days 6 days 6 days 8 days 10 days 10 days 9 days
Ningbo/Shanghai 9 days 5 days 5 days 7 days 9 days 9 days 8 days
Beijing 10 days 6 days 6 days 8 days 10 days 10 days 10 days
Chongqing 7 days 3 days 3 days 5 days 7 days 7 days 6 days
Kunming 6 days 2 days 2 days 4 days 6 days 6 days 5 days
Nanchang 7 days 4 days 4 days 5 days 7 days 7 days 7 days
Harbin 13 days 9 days 9 days 11 days 13 days 13 days 12 days
Changsha 7 days 3 days 3 days 5 days 7 days 7 days 6 days

Trade statistics between Vietnam and China

In 2016, Vietnam was the sixth export and the 10th import partner of China. On the other hand, China was the second export and the first import partner of Vietnam. 37 billion USD of Vietnamese goods were imported in China, while 61 billion USD of Chinese goods were exported to Vietnam during the same year.

China is mainly importing integrated circuits, telephones, broadcasting accessories, non-retail pure cotton yarn, crude petroleum, video recording equipment, microphones and headphones, synthetic rubber, footwear fabrics, rice, fruits and fuel wood from Vietnam.

On the other hand, Vietnam is mainly importing telephones, light rubberized knitted fabric, flat flat-rolled steel, aluminium bars, LCDs and integrated circuits from China.

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  • Having trouble finding the appropriate product? Enjoy our sourcing services, we directly find the right suppliers for you!
  • You don't trust your supplier? Ask our experts to do quality control to guarantee the condition of your goods!
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🗺 Door-to-door services from/to Vietnam

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✈️ Air Freight from and to Vietnam

One of the nations with the fastest economic growth, Vietnam has shown resilience in the face of trade conflicts and China's slowing development. The transition in the workforce from agriculture to manufacturing and services, private investment, a robust travel and tourist industry, greater earnings, and quick urbanization are all contributing factors to this economy's fast speed. Vietnam's GDP is increasingly dependent on exports, and some industries, such as manufacturing, textiles, electronics, and seafood production, are expanding quickly.

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🛳 Sea freight from Vietnam

Welcome to the world of sea freight, the backbone of international trade. With ocean freight being the most widely used mode of transportation for long-distance cargo, it's crucial to understand the ins and outs of this method. This page aims to shed light on the advantages of ocean freight and everything you need to know about sea freight in and out of Vietnam. At FNM Vietnam, we offer comprehensive sea freight services, connecting you to and from Vietnam with ease. Our experienced consultants are ready to guide you every step of the way. Let's dive in and discover the world of sea freight together!

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🚀 Express freight from Vietnam

1) Treatment difference between a small and a voluminous shipment

All parcels weighing under 2 kgs are considered small. Their height and width must also be smaller than 90 cm and 60 cm respectively. For international freights, express prices are generally very competitive. You only have to go to a post office to send it worldwide. From Vietnam, it requires 7 days at least, and 12 days at the most to ship your goods internationally using regular air freight.

All parcels weighing between 2 and 30 kgs are considered big. Like small parcels, it can be shipped from Vietnam to any international destination by going to a post office. Transfer durations are similar to the one inherent to small parcels.

But a week may be too much time for you to send or receive your parcel. That’s where the express freight is stepping in. Express freight can deliver any shipment worldwide in less than 4 days. It is the fastest transfer method existing.


1.1) Regular air freight and courier freight comparison

Here is a table comparing express and regular freight. Their respective benefit and drawbacks are displayed, in order to help you choose the most adapted solution to your situation.

Regular Air Freight Express Freight
A very flexible freight solution 4 days on average to transfer your goods
Well-shaped for voluminous parcels Well-shaped for small parcels
Faster than international rail or sea freight The customs clearance process is very quick
Less expensive per CBM for bigger volumes than smaller ones  
You’re only charged for the space you’re using  
Takes more time than an express freight The most expensive freight solution
A lot more expensive than rail and sea freight Costs are very high for big volumes
Some goods’ categories can be refused by the airline, like products with lithium batteries  


2) Let’s compare rates from different express carriers

Here, we will focus on the cost of shipping. The cheapest solution will be pointed out as the best option. We will directly compare rates from Vietnam on the websites of the 3 biggest courier companies. This will bring you a better comprehension of the calculation method.

We’re only evaluating rates of DHL, UPS and FedEx. You should know that other international courier enterprises are present in Vietnam, like EMS, TNT and Kerry Logistics. We’re also in touch with them, but they aren’t providing an online freight quoting tool. That’s why we’re not considering them in this article.

At the moment of the quotation: 1€ =1.14 $ and 1 € = 26,527 VND


2.1) Comparing rates from Vietnam to Europe

Price simulation with DHL

DHL quote to germany

Price simulation with FedEx

Fedex quote to Germany

Price simulation with UPS

UPS quote to germany

116 $ 121 $ 102 $

For all demands to Europe, UPS seems to be the greatest option, based on price.


2.2) Comparing rates from Vietnam to India

Price simulation with DHL

DHL quote to India

Price simulation with FedEx

Fedex quote to India

Price simulation with UPS

UPS quote to India

102 $ 95 $ 61 $

For all demands to India, UPS seems to be a lot more competitive than FedEx and DHL.

2.3) Comparing rates from Vietnam to North America

Price simulation with DHL

DHL quote to USA

Price simulation with FedEx

Fedex quote to USA

Price simulation with UPS

UPS quote to USA

106 $ 171 $ 88 $

From Vietnam to North America, UPS seems to be very more attractive.


2.4) Comparing rates from Vietnam to Japan

Price simulation with DHL

DHL quote to Japan

Price simulation with FedEx

Fedex quote to JapanPrice simulation with UPS

UPS quote to Japan

86 $ 94 $ 54 $

UPS is also more profitable from Vietnam to Japan.

2.5) Comparing rates from Vietnam to the Middle East

Price simulation with DHL

DHL quote to UAE

Price simulation with FedEx

Fedex quote to UAE

Price simulation with UPS

UPS quote to UAE

151 $ 139 $ 76 $

UPS is also more profitable from Vietnam to the United Arab Emirates.

2.6) Comparing rates from Vietnam to West Africa

Price simulation with DHL

DHL quote to NigeriaPrice simulation with FedEx

Fedex quote to Nigeria

Price simulation with UPS

UPS quote to Nigeria

185 $ 168 $ 102 $

From Vietnam to Nigeria UPS is also more profitable.


2.7) Comparing rates from Vietnam to Australia

Price simulation with DHL

DHL quote to Australia

Price simulation with UPS

UPS quote to Australia

102$ 54 $

UPS is also more profitable from Vietnam to Australia.


2.8) Comparing rates from Vietnam to Brazil

Price simulation with DHL

DHL quote to BrazilPrice simulation with UPS

UPS quote to Brazil

185 $ 96 $

UPS is a lot more attractive than DHL from Vietnam to Brazil.


3) How to obtain an express freight quote?

  • You fulfil our quote form with all the details of your transfer
  • We send you our quote within 15 hours
  • We exchange via email or telephone to find quickly an agreement
  • Once agreed, we’re contacting your supplier and we verify that everything is alright (packing, documents…)
  • We’re picking up your goods at your supplier’s location, or he deliver them to our warehouse
  • We’re delivering your shipment to the courier (UPS /DHL / FedEx / EMS / Kerry Logistics…)
  • The package is directly arriving to the precise address

We will track your shipment and inform you of each evolution.


4) Why choose FNM Vietnam?

4.1) Attractive rates for every destination

What’s the interest to send it via FNM Vietnam instead of sending it by myself?

Because every express carrier is giving preferential rates to enterprises that are sending great quantities of shipment every month. And it is our case. You can benefit of our attractive rates by giving us your parcel, instead of being charged with the standard shipping rates by doing it all on yourself. Furthermore, you can benefit of our All-in door-to-door services, because we will handle all procedures with the carrier. You will only have to read our tracking emails, while waiting for your parcel to be delivered.


4.2) Tailored solutions for e-commerce

FNM Vietnam is an e-commerce logistic specialist. E-commerce fulfilment being very complex and time-consuming, it is difficult for an entrepreneur to handle all its client orders. It is the case both for the inventory management and for dropshipping. Do not hesitate to ask for our expertise. We can handle your orders from Vietnam to worldwide and store your items in our state-of-the art warehouses. This will make you save a lot of time and allow you to focus on the best part of your business.


4.3) A great communication to let you know how it is going

As we said, asking for our services will provide you peace of mind. All our express services are door-to-door, so you will only have to receive the parcel at your location. We will keep you aware of every progress of your shipment during its transfer, so we will be totally transparent on the course of the shipping.


5) A few advises to organize your express freight from Vietnam

5.1) Pack your goods carefully, or let the professionals doing it

A great packing is the best way to protect your shipment. Indeed, it will be the last coat of the packing that will be handled during the transfer process:

  • If the box or the original carton is damaged or fragile, don’t hesitate to use another bigger box to place it all inside
  • Bubble wrap and journal paper are two great coating materials, to cushion all the eventual knocks that your shipment may endure
  • Using thick scotch tape to seal the box and reinforce the packing
  • At the end, your item must be unable to move inside its packing
  • Be sure that the address is clearly written
  • Secure all the shipping labels and join the customs documents to it

Some items are needing a specific packing, required by the carrier to send the goods. We will transmit you the instructions in that situation.

Our packing teams can handle the packing of your goods if you wish. Our material and skills are guaranteeing a maximal quality for your shipment.

5.2) Weigh and measure your goods very precisely

To avoid any mistakes during the shipping, be sure that the weight and the dimensions of your parcel are precisely measured. In this aim, you have to weigh and measure your goods once the packing is finished.

Also, carriers are using the volumetric weight to calculate your shipping cost. This weight is different than the gross weight of your items.

The following picture is describing the difference between gross weight and volumetric weight:

how to calculate volumetric weightHow to calculate the gross weight of airfreight shipments

5.3) Verify that your shipment can be sent

We will be obliged to refuse certain articles because they aren’t accepted by express carriers. Here is the list of restricted items by DHL, it will give you a look of what can’t be sent.

In case of doubts, do not hesitate to contact our consultants. They will answer you within 20 hours.

5.4) Do not forget to ensure your shipment

Even if it isn’t mandatory, an insurance covering your shipment is well advised against all misfortune that can occur during your freight. Even though courier enterprises are very pernickety on security, if your shipment have an important value, we advise you to subscribe to an insurance policy.

Our consultants will suggest it automatically and will advise you the most adapted coverage. You will have the best information to take a decision.


5.5) Don’t forget to put your address on the parcel

It is mandatory nowadays. The sender’s address must be automatically written on the parcel, to ensure an optimal traceability of your shipment and also to return it to yourself if it cannot be delivered.


5.6) Don't do it on the last minute

In general, avoid sending your goods on the last time. This will enable you to dodge all delivery delay. This is particularly right during the periods of intense transports, like in the month of December, or during the sales.

If the delivery time proposed by the carrier isn’t fast enough, we can provide you our NFO or OBC shipments, that are the fastest possible.

For all express freight from Vietnam, FNM Vietnam is the forwarder you need. Ask for a quote, in order to see our competitivity. We will handle all your paperwork, like the customs clearance… Our door-to-door services will allow you to have the greatest piece of mind during the freight. Contact our specialists, to the bests information asap.


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