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:
- Loading sheet that details item numbers in each lift van
- Copy of a government work permit showing that your company or organization is authorized to set up a business in Vietnam.
- Copy of Airport Customs Declaration retained by your last entry.
- Letter authorizing Destination Agent to handle Customs clearance on your company or organization’s letterhead.
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.