Located in Southeast Asia, Vietnam has a population of more than 90 million. Vietnam is bordered by China, Cambodia, and Laos, and also situated along the South China Sea.
Due to the coastal nature of the country, there are a number of shipping ports in Vietnam including Da Nang Port, Port of Ba Ngoi, Hai Phong, Nha Trang and Vung Tau. Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, is a major shipping port for Vietnam. The Saigon port is accessible from the Soi-Rap River and the Saigon River. The country’s second biggest city and capital, Hanoi, is situated along the Red River, and is conveniently connected by air, railway, and highway.
If you are shipping by sea to Vietnam, keep in mind that you’ll need some important documentation. First and foremost, you’ll need a copy of your original passport. You will also need two copies of a detailed inventory.
This shipping inventory should be written in English and detailed with specific information about all of the items that you are shipping. Simply writing “PBO” or packed by owner on the box is not acceptable.
For electronic items, you should plan to provide detailed information about the brand, model, and serial number. Make sure that your name is clearly written on all of the packages you are shipping and is shown the same as is listed on your passport.
Additional documentation (with your name clearly listed) that you will need when shipping by sea to Vietnam includes:
If you do not have this government work permit showing authorization for your company or organization, your shipment may not be cleared for entrance into Vietnam. This is something that an experienced and professional cargo shipping company will help you navigate.
When you are shipping by sea to Vietnam, you should plan to be in Vietnam for Customs clearance for shipments that arrive either by air or by sea. You will also want to make sure to have your passport ready for the Customs clearance process in Vietnam.
Customs officials in Vietnam inspect all shipments entering the country.
Antiques brought into Vietnam should be photographed at origin and declared to Customs upon arrival to avoid any problems at time of export from Vietnam.
Restricted and Dutiable Items When Shipping by Sea to Vietnam
If you are shipping by sea to Vietnam, please note that some items are taxed. Items that may require certain duty fees and taxes when shipping by sea to Vietnam include the following:
If you are shipping alcoholic beverages and/or tobacco products to Vietnam, all items must be on your shipping inventory listed with the exact number of bottles and type of alcohol and quantity of tobacco. If you wish to import alcohol to Vietnam, it is advisable that it be less than two cases.
Cultural items such as books, compact discs, video and cassette tapes, video recorders, computer discs, calendars and document files will be inspected by the Cultural Department in Vietnam (these items should be listed clearly on the packing inventory list with the quantity of each item). Another option would be that you bring CDs, cassette tapes, and radio tapes as accompanied baggage with you when you are traveling to Vietnam.
You may incur charges for the inspection of your items.This is something that a qualified cargo shipping company can provide greater information about.
If you are shipping medicine to Vietnam, make sure you can provide a prescription for this medication.
You will likely have to pay duty fees on electrical and electronic items that you ship to Vietnam. Remember to note the brand, model and serial number on your detailed inventory.
If you are shipping telephones and fax machines to Vietnam, you are required to obtain an Import License and these items must be registered in Vietnam. Unauthorized use of these items can result in fines and confiscation.
Prohibited Items when Shipping by Sea to Vietnam
If you are returning to Vietnam after having been away for a while or going there for an extended period of time, and planning on shipping some of your personal items and household goods with you, please note that certain items are prohibited from shipment to Vietnam. The Vietnamese Government will confiscate the following items if they are imported to Vietnam:
Vehicle Shipping to Vietnam
If you want to ship a vehicle including a car or motorcycle to Vietnam, all vehicles must be have fewer than 100 km. Also, all cars shipped to Vietnam should be left-hand drive vehicles.
Certain vehicles can be imported to Vietnam duty free. Any motor vehicles for diplomatic and/or international organizations, under terms of certain foreign investment licenses, can be imported duty free to Vietnam. All other vehicles are subject to 150% duty based on the value as assessed by Vietnamese customs officials.
Motorcycles entering Vietnam are strictly limited to those of 125cc engine size or smaller.
If you are shipping a car, motorcycle or some other type of vehicle to Vietnam, you will be required to obtain an Import Permit in Vietnam. A dependable cargo shipping company can help you with this process. You should also plan to have the Certificate of Registration for your vehicle and any other accompanying vehicle paperwork.
Bringing a Pet to Vietnam
If you are moving to Vietnam for the first time or returning after having been away for a while, you might have a pet you are interested in bringing with you to Vietnam.
You can bring a pet to Vietnam duty-free. You should plan to provide the destination agent with the type of pet, name, breed, sex, color, size or weight and age of your animal. There is some paperwork required to bring a pet to Vietnam. This includes the following documentation:
There is a lot to think about as you plan an overseas move to Vietnam or some other destination worldwide. A professional cargo shipping company will help you navigate all of the country specific rules and regulations, paperwork, and logistics.
Choosing the right professional international cargo shipping company can help make your experience with overseas moving and shipping to Vietnam positive. You can get a fast and free freight quote from Cargo Experts, or you can call toll free 1- 866-994-7822 for more information.