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


We will see together the best means of transport according to the nature / weight / volume / of your goods. We can take care of pick-up, delivery, customs clearance, loading and unloading and packing and unpacking if necessary. Depending on your criteria, our removal consultant will analyse and determine the most suitable solution.

There are two possible solutions to send your goods from Vietnam to Netherlands, air freight and sea freight.

We will see together these two solutions.

Sea freight shipping from Vietnam to Netherlands

Overview - Ocean cargo from Vietnam to Netherlands

Sea freight is the most common method of international transport and the most widely used method in the world because it is the cheaper one.

Shipping company offering services from Vietnam to Netherlands ports 

Here are few examples of shipping compagny and port in Netherlands:

Port of Rotterdam

The Port of Rotterdam is the eighth largest port in the world in terms of total traffic, and the eleventh largest in the world for container traffic.
Port of Rotterdam is also the largest port in Europe with 12.3 million containers and 444 million tonnes of goods handled in 2015. The port of Rotterdam is therefore the preferred entry point for Marhandises entering the Netherlands and even Europe.


Port of Amsterdam

The port of Amsterdam is the second largest port in the Netherlands after the port of Rotterdam and the fourth largest port in Europe. 72,699 million tonnes passed through the port of Amsterdam in 2010.

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


LCL - Less Than Container Load

(also called consolidation), an LCL consists of one container where several shippers are grouped together. The LCL makes it possible to send small volumes for less than an FCL (Full Container Load).

FCL - Full Container Load

FCL is an international standard used to simplify international trade. There are 2 types of containers: container of 20' and 40'. FCL is a very good way to export goods from Vietnam to Netherlands, especially if you have a large volume to ship.

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

Rotterdam Amsterdam
Da Nang 30 days 29 days
Saigon 28 days 28 days
Ba Ngoi 30 days 29 days
Cam Pha 30 days 30 days

Please keep in mind that the transit time takes into consideration only the freight. Indeed, pick up, delivery, loading unloading aren’t take into consideration and can extend the time of yourshipment.


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

Sea freight is in any case the most common transfer method used by Dutch importers. For regular and high volume sea freight it is the most cost effective method. Most of the freight from Vietnam to the Netherlands is shipped by sea freight.

Sea freight is the cheapest way to send your goods if you have a large volume. This is the case for shipping from Vietnam to Netherlands.

The price depends on many factors: nature of the goods, monthly price update, volume, weight.

Special sea freight services 

Reefer container from Vietnam to Netherlands

Sometimes some of our customers have different needs. For example a need for a refrigerated container, or to send goods that cannot fit into a container, even a 40" container.

That's why DocShipper can offer you solutions tailored to your needs. These special solutions are :


Roro/Bulk/OOG from Vietnam to Netherlands


A Ro-Ro is a ship specially equipped to transport vehicles. A Ro-Ro looks like a ferry. Most can also accommodate trucks. The vehicles are loaded by a ramp. Ro-Ro means roll-on/roll-off.


Some of our customers may also need to send goods in bulk, such as coal, cerreals or ores. For this a container is not the ideal solution. Bulk ships are the ideal solution. Some of them are designed to take liquids (such as oil) and others to take goods such as cereals.


OOG (Out of Gauge) cargoes are a special category of goods. These goods are often too heavy or too large to be loaded into a container. These goods therefore require special loading in the ship. It can be a truck, an airplane wing, etc.

Air freight shipping from Vietnam to Netherlands

Overview – Classic vs Express air freight 

The length of the shipment is the aspect that makes all the difference between these two shipping methods. An express shipment takes about 4 days whereas a classic shipment takes 1 week. Customs clearance is also fastest for express shipment. These two methods will in any case be faster than a shipment via sea freight.


What is the difference between volumetric and gross weight?

*To consider the density of your shipment, two methods are used to sort out the chargeable weight of your goods.

The two calculations below are performed. The more important result will be consider.

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

Which airlines company should you ship with ?

  • KLM Cargo is the cargo division of the Dutch airline KLM. KLM Cargo's main hub is Amsterdam. KLM Cargo's aircraft are mostly equipped with one space for passengers and another for cargo.
  • Vietnam Airlines is the national airline of Vietnam. Its two main hubs at Tan International Airport Sơn Nhất in Ho Chi Minh City and Nội Bài International Airport in Hanoi. Vietnam Airlines operates domestic and international flight.

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

For a door to door operation, you should count at about 6 to 8 days depending on the time of the week and the period.


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

The price of an air freight shipment depends on many many factors, such as time of year, volume, weight, etc. That's why we can't give you a price, but we realize quotes on a case by case.


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

Express service – Perfect solution for small package

Express services are the ideal solution if your goods weigh less than 100 kg. If your goods weigh more than 100 kg it will be too expensive. In any case we can advise you on this.


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

Thanks to our good relations with express transport companies we can offer you faster delivery times. Thanks to the fast (automated) customs clearance process, you should count no more than 4 days for the whole process. Moreover, thanks to our partners we can also offer you better prices.

express-courier logo


How much does an Express service cost from Vietnam to Netherlands

*For an express freight shipment the price will be given as 1 CBM = 200 kgs.  

We have a good partnership with these companies because we have been working with them for a long time. So you can get better prices by going through us than by going directly through them.

Major airports to ship in Netherlands

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is located 17.5 km southwest of the centre of Amsterdam, in the municipality of Haarlemmermeer. It has a cargo terminal, allowing you to move your goods through Amsterdam.


Rotterdam-Hague Airport (RTM)

Rotterdam-Hague Airport is located in the city of Rotterdam. It is the second largest regional airport in the Netherlands after Eindhoven. You also have the option of having your goods transit through this airport.


DocShipper – Door to Door specialist  

The door-to-door services we offer are very much appreciated by our customers. Indeed, it is a quality service provided by professional shipping companies. Furthermore, please note that we are responsible for each phase of the transfer and that we are very competent in this field.

Customs clearance in Netherlands for goods imported from Vietnam 

How much will I pay ? 

It is very important to know the exact cost of freight and customs clearance, so that you know how much you will pay. For customs clearance in the Netherlands, like every member of the World Trade Organization, the HS code is used (consisting of 6 digits). The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System. This numbers defines the nature of your good it is like their ID.

Here is the composition of an HS Code

hs code of a pineapple

Calculate applicable tariff with the HS code

EU customs duties apply to all member countries. These customs duties are payable on entry into the European Union, regardless of the country of entry. Once these customs duties have been paid, the goods can move freely in any country of the European Union. These customs duties therefore apply to the Netherlands as well.

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

Go to the portail of taxation and customs of European Union you should reach a page who looks like this :

UE custom clearance

As our example on the screenshot, you need to informations :

  • Your HS Code
  • Origin of goods

You will come to a page like this:

UE custom clearance 2

Scroll down, search for your product, and click on the HS code to get the duty information about your product:

UE custom clearance 3


Check the duties and taxes applied on your product

In our example, European customs charge duties on pineapple coming from Vietnam as 5.8% :

Customs clearance process in Europe

Customs declaration

In order to make the customs procedure in the European Union, the Single Administrative Document (SAD) is th eonly needed document for customs declaration. this document allows notably to :

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

This document can be use for:

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

If you want more informations about this document please visit the import procedure section from European Union customs website.


Customs contact


What are the Licenses required (import & export)?

Import license 

You do not need an import licence to import goods into the European Union and therefore into the Netherlands. However, you may need certain permits, depending on the nature of the goods. Dangerous marhcnadises or toxic products usually require a permit.


Necessary documents 

Single administrative document (SAD)

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

Here is a single blank administrative document. This document is quite easy to fill.

single administrative document


The original invoice

The invoice makes it possible to know the value of the good to be cleared through customs. Indeed the customs duties will be applied on the market value of the goods.

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


Freight Documents (Transport Documentation)

Such as:

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


The packing list

The packing list is summing up all the items included in your shipment.


Freight insurance

Certificate of insurance may be required if not specified in the invoice


Prohibited & restricted items 

Certain products are prohibited for import into the EU . Some import permits are required, in particular due to health reasons.

Restricted items :

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


Prohibited items :

  • Counterfeit or pirated goods


Trade agreement 

EVFTA is an agreement currently being drafted. This agreement aims to eliminate 99% of tariffs between Vietnam and EU member countries, including the Netherlands. This agreement will facilitate trade between the European Union and Vietnam. For more information on this agreement you can have a look here.



Trade relationship 

The European Union has very good trade relations with the United States, China and Switzerland. Vietnam is not the main trading partner.


Additional services 

Our warehousing services 

We have many warehouses in Vietnam. Their are in the ports of Saigon, Haiphong and Quy Nhon. This allows us to receive your goods in Vietnam and store them, if necessary, in our warehouses . These warehouses are equipped with the latest equipment and security standards.

Storage service in Netherlands

If you need some time before receiving your goods in the Netherlands for example, we have good and serious partners in the Netherlands. This will allow you to have a secure warehouse in the Netherlands.


Our packing/unpacking services 


Good packaging is necessary to protect your goods during transport. Indeed it can happen that your goods are handled in a violent way. If your supplier is unable to provide you with quality packaging, we can do it for you.


Packing material 

Carton box

Carton boxes are mostly used for relocation.



Palletizing is one of the safest ways to put your goods in a seamstress. We have a palletizing service if you need it.


Wooden boxes 

Wooden boxes are the ideal packaging for transporting fragile goods.


Packing very important for the insurance 

Good packaging is very important to reduce your insurance policy. The better your products are packaged, the less chance there is for them to be damaged.


Freight insurance 

How much does a freight insurance cost ?

Insurance rates generally represent 2-3% of the value of the goods. These rates may vary depending on the type of goods, packaging, etc.

The following calculation is made : (freight value + product value) * 2-3%.


Supplier management in Vietnam 

Control quality in Vietnam 

We can take care of the quality control of your products for you. We know that it is sometimes difficult to deal with factories in Asia and Vietnam. Our teams speak fluent French, English and Vietnamese and are experienced in this field. This allows us to provide you with the best service possible.


3PL Services in Vietnam 

Order fulfillment/Packing & labelling in Vietnam 

DocShipper can manage the 3PL service for you. Do not hesitate to contact us if you would like personalized information on this subject.


Last kilometer delivery 

Thanks to our networks and the relationship in Netherlands and in Vietnam, we can guarantee you a delivery at your residence in Vietnam or in Netherlands and a service of delivery and unloading and unpacking accomplished by processionnal team.


Shipping personal effects from Vietnam 

Excess baggage 

If you have made too many purchases during your vaccinations we can deliver your extra luggage to your home in Netherlands, or all around the world.

Moving service from Vietnam to Netherlands

If you have problems with customs clearance, packing or sotcking, we can take care of it for you. Please see our relocation services page: Moving services


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.

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