These past years, import from Vietnam has become more attractive than ever due to the expertise of manufacturers and low labor costs.
But due to the number of suppliers in the country, it is still hard to choose between all of them.
As many sourcing agents will recommend you, the best is to fly to Vietnam to meet suppliers, see the products and negotiate with them. Once you are in Vietnam, trades fairs and expositions are the places to visit, a lot of different suppliers will be there, so you can see all of them at the same time and compare them.
Because our goal is to help you during this challenging step of sourcing, we have listed for you the best trade fairs and expos in Vietnam.
5 Tips to make the most of the trade shows you’re visiting
There are a few steps you need to take before attending a trade show. So let's start with the 5 tips to make sure you are prepared to find a supplier.
Know what you are looking for
It sounds quite logical, but this step doesn’t have to be neglected. In fact, trade fairs are huge and there are sometimes several on the same day in different places. By defining clearly what you are looking for (product, supplier, company…), you ensure a productive visit to a trade fair.
Your agenda will be your best friend. It’s crucial to plan your day/visit, the most accurate your planning is, the most efficient you will be. If you have someone to visit, suppliers to meet, and people to talk to at the end of the day, you have to give everyone a dedicated time.
Be attentive to locations
Vietnam trade fairs are numerous, and there are not located in the same place. Be careful where trade shows are taking place, especially if you want to visit many of them on the same weekend, if one is in Ho Chi Minh and the other in Hanoi, it could be difficult to assist both of them, so ensure you about the location, and you’ll save time!
Be attentive to live marketing
You know that you are not the only one looking for products and wanting to talk to suppliers and manufacturers. You’ll have a lot of questions, like everybody. For this, attendees of trade shows organize live demonstrations to answer the maximum of questions in only one time.
Find people like you
As we said before, you are numerous to look after the same thing. What could be useful is to meet other visitors. You can ask them to meet up after the trade show, have lunch or coffee and talk about what both of you have seen during the exhibition, share advice and contacts!
Energy trade fairs in Vietnam
ASEAN Wind Energy
This trade fair usually takes place in The Adora Center in Ho Chi Minh during the month of October every year. This event groups international and national companies and manufacturers working in the energy and renewable energy sector.
Electric & Power, Vietnam
A trade show dedicated to energy and electricity once a year in Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center in Ho Chi Minh. The last one was from 7 to 9 September 2022 and the next one will probably take place in September 2023.
Vietnam LNG-to-Power Summit
Vietnam LNG-to-Power Summit goal’s is to group national and international energy, gas and oil companies during the month of July of each year. This exhibition takes place at Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center in Ho Chi Minh.
The Future Energy Show Vietnam
Another renewable energy trade fair, for international companies, takes place at the Adora Center in Ho Chi Minh, once a year in July.
Solar PV Show Vietnam
This trade fair is held in the Adora Center in Ho Chi Minh at the end of October. It groups companies from the solar and renewable energy industry.
Technology trade shows in Vietnam
Vietnam ETE is one of the biggest exhibitions taking place each year at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center. International companies and manufacturers from the Technology sector are present each year in the month of July.
Smart City Asia
This trade fair regroups companies from different sectors like communication, event organization, and new technology. It’s another exhibition taking place in Ho Chi Minh at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center, each year at the end of the month of May.
Different international companies are present at this trade show each year in the month of May. These companies are from sectors like Electricity, Electronics, and other Technologies and are exposed at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center.
Industrial trade fairs in Vietnam
VTG Vietnam Textile & Garment Industry
This exhibition groups different manufacturers and suppliers from the textile, fabric, and clothes sector. It takes place each year at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center in Ho Chi Minh at the end of September.
Plastics And Rubber Vietnam
Taking place at the same location as the previous trade fair, this exhibition presents plastics, rubber, and other raw material suppliers and companies. You can assist to this trade fair at the beginning of July each year.
Vietnam Industrial Automation Fiesta
This trade fair takes place in Binh Duong every year in June. International and national companies are here to represent the industrial sector.
Saigontex : Vietnam Textile & Garment Industry Expo
Another huge exposition of textile and garment industry companies took place at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center at the end of October.
This trade show is the place to be if you are looking for mechanical components, machinery, molds, and other tools companies. It takes place each year at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center in Ho Chi Minh.
Vietnam International Industrial Fair
One of the biggest industrial trade fairs in Vietnam takes place in Hanoi at the International Exhibition Center in the month of October each year. You’ll find different international companies from different industrial sectors like metallurgical, robots, machine tools, and others.
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Food and Drinks trade fairs
Food Ingredients Vietnam
One of the biggest food exhibitions takes place at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center in Ho Chi Minh. You’ll find all food suppliers and manufacturers, each year, in October.
VnPrintpack & VnFoodtech
Two trade fairs one taking place at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center in Ho Chi Minh City. This food, drink, and technology exhibition comes back every year at the end of the month of October.
Vietnam International Cafe Show
As its name indicates, this is the international exhibition about coffee taking place in Ho Chi Minh at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center in July each year.
HVietfood & ProPack Vietnam - Foodex Vietnam
Another exhibition grouped two in one with the international and national food and drink companies and manufacturers. This event is held in Ho Chi Minh each year in the month of August.
FNM Advice: When importing products, you always have to be careful about the quality and standards of the product you’ll buy, even if you trust your supplier. FNM Vietnam has a quality and laboratory control service that allows us to ensure you a good quality product that respects the norms and standards of the importer country. Contact us for more information.
Automobile trade fairs in Vietnam
This exhibition is held at Vietnam National Convention Center in Hanoi. Every year, in November, you can come and meet international and national automobile industry companies.
The Automechanika exposition takes place each year at the beginning of July at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center in Ho Chi Minh. You’ll find automobile industry companies, electronics, accessories, and mechanical component suppliers in the same place.
Vietnam Motor Show
This is a well-known exhibition that is held in Ho Chi Minh in the month of May every year. International and national companies and suppliers are here to meet you and propose a wide range of automobiles, motorcycles, and other products.
Last, but not least, this trade fair is taking place every year in September and groups different international manufacturers from the automobile, engineering, and electrical sectors. To assist to this exhibition, you just have to go to the Hanoi International Exhibition Center.
FNM Info: When you found your supplier and have a deal with him, it’s time to import your product. FNM Vietnam is a freight forwarder specializing in every type of freight (air, sea, road…). We handle your expedition to help you save time and money and ensure you an importation in complete peace of mind. Contact us to get a free quote and ask your questions!
As you can see after reading this article, Vietnam is a great place to visit to find suppliers thanks to its numerous and different trade fairs taking place each year in different locations in the country. Obviously, this article lists the most famous and bests trade fairs in their sector, but there are a lot of other trade shows in Vietnam. We hope that our recommendations will help you find the best supplier for your future importations.
FAQ | Import-Export: The Top 10 Best Trade Fairs & Expos in Vietnam
Why is it important to meet the supplier ?
It’s very important because when looking for a reliable supplier, you’ll have to create a relationship with him, have a link to ensure you credibility and trust.
Are trade fairs the only place to meet suppliers ?
No it’s not. You can go visit suppliers in their factories or offices, find them in directories, on the internet… But the advantage of trade fairs is that all suppliers will be at the same place at the same time, so you can save time (and money).
Is Vietnam procurement better than in China ?
It depends on what you are looking for. We can say that the quality is the same, what differentiate these two countries are the labor costs that are reduced in Vietnam and the administration tasks that are heaviest in China.
Why is sourcing essential ?
This step in crucial, because it will have consequences on your products and obviously, on your company. To ensure quality products, attractive prices and reliable supplier, you have to take time to source your supplier and even audit him. If you are not able to do it, we recommend relying on a sourcing agent.
Are trade shows worth it?
Yes they still are, because it allows you to have all suppliers at the same place,meet them and see their products and the quality in real. It makes you save time and money. You’ll meet suppliers and manufacturers, but also other visitors like you, so you can expand your contact list and ensure to find a reliable supplier for your products at the same time.
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