Container Shipping to and from Vietnam
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Relevant shipping information
- Is Vietnam more of an import or export country?
Vietnam is an export-based country, located in a strategic position for foreign companies with operations throughout Southeast Asia – making it an ideal export hub to reach other markets. Two of Vietnam‘s major export goods include household furniture and coffee. The main import commodity is waste paper.
Twill offers ocean freight and inland transportation from export markets such as Vietnam. Check out our platform to find schedules and rates instantly to ship your goods worldwide.
- How are my containers getting from port to door to port in Vietnam?
With six offices spread across the country, we are uniquely placed to help connect you to Asia and the rest of the world. Whether you need to import or export machinery, our Twillers ensure you have the ideal transport solution.
Twill provides Inland Transportation services including trucking and rail. These services enable the transportation of your goods from the factory to the loading port or from the port of discharge to the discharge point. Our digital end-to-end logistics platform allows you to easily view trucking prices, and search for routes and prices to transport containers from port to door or door to port in Vietnam.
- What is the estimated transit time for shipping a container to and from Vietnam?
Transit times vary depending on the vessel schedule. For example, whether containers need to be connected to other vessels on their journey and how many ports there are along the route.
Supercharged by Maersk, Twill offers market-leading transit times from Vietnam to an extensive range of destinations. Our dependable transit times ensure your lead times are kept to a minimum while enabling you to keep your cargo right on schedule. For further information on schedules and prices, we recommend you log into our platform and search for your desired routes and dates for estimated transit times.
- Which peak seasons are important for logistics in Vietnam?
In Vietnam, the peak season is the weeks leading up to Lunar New Year. This tends to cause space and equipment shortage issues due to high demands. We strongly recommend you plan and book your shipments well in advance to avoid discrepancies during this period. Get familiar with supply chain forecasting to prepare your shipments more efficiently.
- Do I need insurance to ship containers to and from Vietnam?
Cargo insurance is not a requirement to ship to or from Vietnam but cargo transportation can entail various risks. You should always bear in mind which Incoterms® you have agreed on with your supplier.
If you’re shipping your cargo overseas, Twill’s Value Protect, service is here to help you safeguard your shipments. Keep your mind at ease knowing that you will get quick compensation if the situation arises that your cargo gets damaged or lost.
When exporting from Vietnam, we suggest you add Value Protect to your booking if you are shipping goods with high value such as machinery, automotive, and chemicals. The service will make it simpler for you to make claims compared to traditional insurance, helping you avoid the many difficulties businesses face when shipping cargo, all while ensuring you are protected from potential risks and damages.
- How is Customs Clearance handled in Vietnam? Are there any special restrictions on commodities?
When doing Customs Clearance in Vietnam, please keep the following in mind:
It is mandatory to declare seal details on your Bill of Lading for all import shipments into Vietnam.
Cargo descriptions must be declared with the specific commodity name. Vague declarations such as “foodstuff”, “general cargo”, and freight of all kinds are not acceptable labels.
Tax reference is mandatory for customer code creation in Vietnam. As per the Tax Policy in Vietnam (Circular 153/2010/TT-BTC), Tax reference (Tax code or Tax Identification no) is mandatory in the legal invoice which is issued in Vietnam. Any non-compliance or missing tax code will result in invoice cancellation or amendment thereafter.
For requirements for scrap/waste import to Haiphong Port, please reach out to our local Twillers.
Twill Customs Clearance Services facilitate your freight assuring you an effortless and secure customs clearance process. Whether you are looking for import or export customs clearance, our experts can guide you through the process. Find out more about our Customs Clearance services.
- What are some of the popular shipping trade lanes to and from Vietnam?
Popular trade lanes when shipping to and from Vietnam depend on the season and market situation. All of these lanes are covered within the Twill platform – with a view of pricing and cost breakdown available before booking.
- What are the main ports in Vietnam?
Vietnam's main ports are:
Haiphong port, North Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh port, South Vietnam
Da Nang/Qui Nhon port, Middle Vietnam
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