You are probably looking to import products from Vietnam Netherlands. You are in the right place. We are going to give you some precious information on this subject to help you to see more clearly on the means of transport, regulations, customs procedures, etc... FNM Vietnam, a member of DocShipper, has sorted out all this information for you.
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
Recommendation DocShipper : Sea freight will be the best option if :
- Your shipment is more than 2 CBM
- You’re not in a hurry to receive your goods
Note DocShipper : You are looking for sea freight pricing and/or advices ? Feel free to contact our experts by filling our online form.
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.
Advantages of sea freight
- The first and most important advantage is that sea freight is the cheapest way to send goods from Vietnam to Netherlands and, overall, from Asia to Europe.
- Sea freight offers a greater loading capacity than air or even road freight.
- Express sea freight is available on many sea routes and offered by many freight forwarders, allowing you to have a guaranteed delivery date. This also allows you to have shorter delivery times while enjoying the other advantages of ocean freight.
- If you care about the environment, ocean freight has a better carbon footprint than air freight.
Disadvantages of sea freight
- The main disadvantage of sea freight is that it is and will always be longer than air freight. For example, it takes one month to ship goods from Vietnam to my home countries.
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).
Advantages of shipping by LCL
The LCL will be a very affordable way to transport your cargo, if the volume or weight is insufficient for FCL shipping and if your goods are too heavy for air freight shipping.
The LCL is more convenient and faster for customs inspections and reduces the cost of packaging. It also allows an average volume of goods to be sent at a lower price than air freight or FCL.
Disadvantages of shipping by LCL
A shipment by LCL is more expensive to the CBM than a shipment by FCL.
LCL shipping is the least cost effective when the volume exceeds half the capacity of a full container. This means that LCL is more cost-effective only if the volume shipped is less than 15 cubic metres.
There is a greater chance that your goods will be damaged with an LCL shipment because the goods are handled more due to loading and unloading.
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.
Advantages of FCL sea freight
The price per cubic metre is lower with an FCL than with an equivalent volume or weight of goods shipped by LCL or air.
As you have the whole container, this is more particualrly to optimize space and packaging.
Your goods are less likely to be damaged as they are handled less because there is less loading and unloading.
Disadvantages of FCL shipping
FCL is only cost-effective to send your goods if you have enough volume to fill it halfway. You must therefore send at least 17 CBMs to half fill a 20" container that has a capacity of 33 CBMs.
How long does it take to ship from Vietnam to Netherlands by sea freight ?
|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.
Contact our Maritime Specialists now, to see what is possible between Vietnam and Netherlands. We will give you precise rates and transit times after, as we decided to quote each demand individually. It permits to avoid surprises, because the total costs are depending on all the different services you ask us to provide. Our advertiser will give you the best rate for your shipment.
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
Recommendation DocShipper : Air freight will be the best option if :
- Your shipment is less than 2 CBM
- You’re in a hurry to receive your goods
Note DocShipper : You are looking for air freight pricing and/or advices ? Feel free to contact our experts by filling our online form.
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.
DocShipper Plus: Our good partnerships with international cargo airlines enables us to propose you interesting rates for great air freight services between Vietnam and Netherlands. We can plan both regular and courier air freight and add trucking services to deliver your goods everywhere you are. With DocShipper, Vietnam and Netherlands have never been so close!
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.
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.
You can check our article about express air freight, it can be very usefull if you plan to use express air freight.
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.
How door-to-door services are helpful?
The door-to-door service is very much appreciated by our customers because we can take care of the entire delivery chain. We have reliable contacts in Vietnam and the Netherlands, which allows us to control the entire shipment.
Docshipper Note: You can have a look on our page about our door-to-door service, or contact us to have more informations.
Customs clearance in Netherlands for goods imported from Vietnam
Netherlands have been a member of the European Union since january 1958. Thanks to the European Customs Union, goods can move freely within the European Union. The single customs applies to imports into the EU. This customs is the same regardless of which country your goods enter the European Union through. The same customs applies to all members of the European Union, including the Netherlands.
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
How to find the right HS Code for my goods ?
The best way to find the SH code (and the most reliable one) for your product is to ask your supplier or seller.
Otherwise, you can use this website : HTS - HS code finder
It's very simple to use ! You just need to enter your keyword in the search bar. Let's continue this example with " 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 :
As our example on the screenshot, you need to informations :
- Your HS Code
- Origin of goods
You will come to a page like this:
Scroll down, search for your product, and click on the HS code to get the duty information about your product:
Check the duties and taxes applied on your product
In our example, European customs charge duties on pineapple coming from Vietnam as 5.8% :
DocShipper advice : You need more information about the tariff classification ? You should click here. Be aware of these information will avoid some potential issues.
Does Docshipper charge duty ?
You will not be charged for our customs brokerage service, as this is included in the price of our service.
Customs clearance process in Europe
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
- inward and outward processing
If you want more informations about this document please visit the import procedure section from European Union customs website.
Official Name: General Department of Vietnam Customs
Website: Vietnamese Customs
European Commission, Taxation and Customs Union
Official Name: European Commission,Taxation and Customs Union
Website: European Commission
What are the Licenses required (import & export)?
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.
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.
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)
- 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.
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)
- Seafood product
- Live animal
Prohibited items :
- Counterfeit or pirated goods
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.
The European Union has very good trade relations with the United States, China and Switzerland. Vietnam is not the main trading partner.
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.
Docshipper advice : You need more information about this service ? Check our dedicated page on the following link : warehousig services
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.
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 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.
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
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.
Docshipper note: Take a look at our express freight page. Or you can also contact one of our experts directly.
DocShipper has 10 years of experience in Asia. We therefore have good relations with our partners which allows us to have more interesting prices. Do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to take advantage of these prices and our experience.
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
FAQ - Freight between Vietnam and Netherlands
Can DocShipper handle my personal effects from Vietnam to Netherlands?
DocShipper has an experienced service that specializes in removals. This service can include: packing, loading, freight, customs clearance, unloading and unpacking. Of course, you are not obliged to subscribe to all of its services.
What is the best between sea freight and air freight?
Maritime freight is the cheapest so far when you plan to ship volumes over 3 CBM. If you have a small volume (below 2 CBM), Air freight will usually be cheaper (and obviously faster!).
What we need to know to provide you a quote?
We need as much information as possible to provide you with a personalized quote, such as departure and arrival address / dimensions / weight / need for packing or loading service / volumetric weight are the information we need to give you a quote. Simply fill our online form to get a price!
Do I need cargo insurance?
The carrier cannot be held responsible for damage that may occur during transport. That is why we strongly advise you to take out insurance.
Is it possible to group goods from several suppliers?
Yes for sure. Even if those suppliers are based in different countries! Our team will consolidate all lot into the same container to ship them together to the final destination destination and to save money on logistics.
How to buy : EXW, FOB or CIF?
There isn't a perfect method of procurement, it will mainly depend of your relationship with the supplier, are you confident with him? If yes, then you can buy your products under FOB incoterms. We usually don't advise to buy under CIF/CFR incoterm to avoid bad surprise at arrival.
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