Exploring your options to shift production from China to Vietnam? You might find that your existing freight forwarder network doesn’t even operate in the latter. To make things a bit easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of shipping companies based in Vietnam. In addition, we also cover the following:
- What should I look for when selecting a freight forwarder?
- How do I get the cheapest freight rate from Vietnam?
- I need to ship materials and components from China to Vietnam. How do I arrange that?
What should I look for when selecting a freight forwarder?
You don’t necessarily need to work with a forwarder that is headquartered in Vietnam, to import goods from the country. That said, far from all freight forwarders operate in Vietnam, which is, therefore, the primary selection criteria.
Keep in mind that most forwarders covering Vietnam don’t have their own offices or warehouses there, but work closely with local agencies. There’s nothing odd with this setup. It’s simply the way the logistics industry works. Once you’ve worked out whether your forwarder can manage shipments from Vietnam, I suggest you ask them the following questions:
- Which ports in Vietnam are covered in your network?
- Do they have their own offices in Vietnam, or do they work with third parties?
- Do they offer land transport between Vietnam and China?
- Do they offer domestic land transportation?
- Do you handle both sea and air freight?
- Do you offer LCL shipping?
How do I get the cheapest freight rate from Vietnam?
The truth is that there are no ‘cheap freight forwarders’ or ‘discount shipping companies’ in Vietnam, or elsewhere in the world. Shipping prices constantly go up and down and are entirely based on the incoterm.
For example, a CIF quotation is always lower than a DAP or DDP quotation – but ultimately you’ll end up paying the same.
Further, it’s hard to project how Vietnam shipping prices will change in the future. The country is in the midst of a major export boom, and it’s likely that more companies will shift to Vietnam in the coming years due to the trade war.
Yet, it’s too early to tell how shipping costs will be affected.
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I need to ship materials and components from China to Vietnam. How do I arrange that?
Most companies importing from Vietnam will find that materials and components are not as readily available in here as in China. As such, importing materials from Vietnam’s northern neighbor is sometimes inevitable – even in the textiles and furniture industry.
Most Vietnamese factories already have a network of domestic and international subcontractors, many of which are Chinese. You can either instruct your Vietnamese manufacturing partner to procure materials (e.g. textile fabrics or steel) from a supplier in their existing network – or source one on your own.
Either way, the Vietnamese company always acts as the importer of record (only a legal entity in Vietnam can act as an importer) and import duties and VAT also apply.
Freight Forwarder Overview
Founded seven years ago, the Saigon Ocean International Logistics Ltd. is a major shipping company based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It offers core shipping services like:
- Sea freight
- Air freight
- Domestic transportation
In addition, the company also offers services like custom brokerage, multi-country consolidation solutions, and a dedicated overseas department to facilitate exporters and importers.
With an extended network of agents, the sea freight service offers both FCL and LCL shipments from all major ports in the world. They also offer direct services from Vietnam to North America, Middle East, Australia, and Europe.
The company consists of 20 people, covers six countries, and have partnerships and memberships like WCA (joined in 2015), Transglobal, World Ships, VLA, and FIATA.
In addition to their head office in HCMC, they also have offices in Da Nang, Hai Phong, and Hanoi.
Address: Floor 2, No. 195 Phan Van Han St., 17 Ward, Binh Thanh Dist., Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Royal Cargo is one of the leading shipping companies based in Southeast Asia. It was established in Manila, Philippines in 1978 but later expanded to several other countries in the region and other parts of the world. Their Vietnam branch, the Royal Cargo Vietnam Company Limited was founded in 1993.
In addition to their head office in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon), they also have offices in Hanoi, Binh, and Hai Phong.
Today, they offer door-to-door shipping services in all cities and towns in Vietnam. Other services include:
- Air freight
- Sea freight
- Heavy equipment transportation
They also have affiliation and partnerships with leading international organizations like IATA, FIATA, VLA, and VCCI.
Royal Cargo also owns several subsidiaries that include Iris Logistics, Inc., Syspro, TMW Express Worldwide, and Lima Logistics Corporation.
Address: 18th floor, Pearl Plaza Tower, 561A Dien Bien Phu, Ward 25, Binh Thanh Dist., Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
HeadWay is a Vietnam based company that was founded in 2003. The head office is based in Ho Chi Minh City, but in the last few years, they have also established more offices in Hanoi and Nui Thanh. The services offered by Head Way include:
- Air freight
- Sea freight
- Domestic shipping service
- Project cargoes handling
They also have several certifications and memberships that include FIATA, VIFFAS, PLA, WCA, VLA, ABC, and Perishable Logistics Alliance. You can also track your shipment on their website.
Address: 05th Floor, Dinh Le Tower, No.01, Dinh Le Street, Ward 12, Dist 04, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Originally founded in Italy, JAS is an international shipping company with its offices located in more than 35 countries in the world, including Vietnam. They also have their network in more than 100 countries, have 48 subsidiaries, and over 4000 employees.
It was founded in 1978 and was founded in Milan, Italy.
JAS Vietnam offers a wide range of freight and shipping services that include:
- Sea freight (FCL and LCL)
- Air freight
- Land, Road, and Intermodal Transportation
- Customs brokerage and consolidation
- Project logistics
The offices in Vietnam were established in 2010, and are located in Ho Chi Minh City (head office) and Hanoi.
Address: 30 Phan Thuc Duyen Street, Tan Binh District, Room 409 4/F, SCSC Office BLDG, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Logistics Network Vietnam
Logistica Network Vietnam is a Vietnam based company with its offices in Hanoi and HCMC. They have a huge network of agents in 121 countries.
It offers a wide range of services to clients that include sea and ocean freight, air freight, project cargo, warehousing and logistics, customs clearance, and packing.
You can also track your shipment on their website.
Address: 42/48A Hoang Hoa Tham St, Ward 7, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Founded in 1996, T&M Forwarding is a Vietnam based shipping company that offers freight services to Singapore and Europe. The head office of the company is based in Ho Chi Minh City, while other offices are based in Hai Phong, Hanoi, and Danang. The company also offers an array of sea and air freight services.
The company claims it becomes ISO 9002 certified in 2000. T&M Forwarding currently employs more than 60 people in Vietnam along with 500 agents working in different countries.
Address: Pearl Plaza Office Tower, 17/F, 561A Dien Bien Phu St., Ward 25, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tien Phong Trade and Transporting Services Co., Ltd
Tien Phong Trade and Transporting Services Co., Ltd, or TTP Co., Ltd, was founded in 1993 with its head office based in Hanoi. In the last few years, the company also expanded its offices in several other cities like Ho Chi Minh City and Haiphong.
The wide range of services offered by the TTP include:
- Sea and air freight
- Project cargo
- Land transport between Vietnam and China
- Customs Brokerage
They also have several memberships and certifications that include VCCI, FIATA, AFFA, and VLA.
Address: #1701 ARTEX Building – 172 Ngoc Khanh Street, Giang Vo, Ba Dinh Dist., Hanoi, Vietnam
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