Trade Shows in Vietnam 2018: The Ultimate Guide

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Finding the best suppliers in Vietnam can be quite challenging. At least when sourcing products online. Instead, you might want to consider one of several trade shows, held yearly in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hanoi.

In this article, you’ll get a complete overview over the largest trade shows in Vietnam, covering the following categories:

  • Apparel & Textiles
  • Furniture, Home decor & Handicrafts
  • Electronics
  • Food & Agriculture
  • Print & Packaging
  • Construction & Industrial

In addition, we also cover visa requirements, invitation letters and transportation options.

Apparel & Textiles

VTG Textile & Garment

In 2018, the Vietnam International Textile & Garment Industry Exhibition is scheduled to take place in Ho Chi Minh City in in November 2018.

The event takes place once every year, mostly in the month of November. It is organized by Vietnam International Trade Fair & Advertising Joint Stock Company in partnership with Yorkers Trade & Marketing Services Co., Ltd.

It is a popular event that is attended by more than 10,000 people and around 400 exhibitors every year.

You can find a wide range of products at this event that includes:

  • Textile machinery
  • Apparel machinery
  • Fibers
  • Filaments
  • Fabrics
  • Apparel accessories

You can also find exhibitors from all around the world, especially manufacturers of winding machines, braiding machines, thread trimmer machines, etc.

You can meet manufacturers of modern textile and apparel machinery here instead of exploring actual textile products. If you are interested in machinery instead of textile or garments, this is an excellent event to attend.

If you are interested in the textile and garments instead of machinery, you can visit the sister exhibition that takes place at the same time and same venue, the Vietnam International Textile & Apparel Accessories Exhibition.

Admission is allowed for only 16 years old or older.

Venue: Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC), 799 Nguyen Van Linh Parkway, Tan Phu Ward, Dist.7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Saigon trade fair

Saigontex

The Vietnam Saigon Textile & Garment Industry Expo will take place in April in 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City. The event is commonly known as SaigonTex.

The exhibition takes place at the same time and the same location with Vietnam Textile & Garment Industry Expo.

In 2017, the exhibition attracted more than 1150 exhibitors from 26 countries, which makes it one of the most significant textile & garments expos in the region. More than 25,000 people also visited the four-day event in 2017.

You can explore a wide range of garment and textile products at this event that includes:

  • Garments
  • Textile
  • Apparel
  • Fabrics
  • Fiber, filament, and other materials
  • Accessories & supplies
  • Apparel and textile machinery and parts

The expo takes place only once a year, mostly in April.

Venue: Saigon Exhibition & Convention Centre (SECC), 799 Nguyen Van Linh Parkway, Tan Phu Ward, Dist.7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

HanoiTex

HanoiTex, also known as Vietnam Hanoi Textile & Garment Industry Expo, will take place in September in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The event takes place once a year, mostly in September.

It is a relatively small exhibition that was attended by around 150 businesses and exhibitors in 2017 from 15 countries.

You can find a wide range of textile industry hardware here:

  • Machinery
  • Spare parts
  • Technologies
  • Dyes and chemicals used in textile and garment industry
  • Other accessories

Venue: Viet-Xo Cultural Palace (ICE), Hanoi, Vietnam

Furniture, Homedecor & Handicrafts

VIFA Expo

Vietnam International Furniture & Home Accessories Expo is also known as VIFA Expo. The Expo will take place in Ho Chi Minh City in March 2018.

The event is also among the largest furniture expos in Vietnam, as it attracted around 10,000 visitors and more than 300 exhibitors from 14 countries in 2017.

You can also find a wide range of furniture and home decor product categories here that include:

  • Furniture & wood materials
  • Handicrafts
  • Home decor

The VIFA Expo is an annual event that is organized mostly in March.

Venue: Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC), 799 Nguyen Van Linh St., Tan Phu W., Dist. 7, HCMC

VIFA Home

VIFA Home or Vietnam Furniture & Home Furnishing Fair will take place in November 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City.

The annual event is a specialized furniture fair organized by Handicraft & Wood Industry Association of HCMC (HAWA).

The products you can find here are:

  • Indoor & outdoor furniture
  • Home Decor
  • Handicrafts
  • Household appliances
  • Support services

Around 150 exhibitors attend the event every year.

Venue: Phu Tho Indoor Sports Stadium, 01 Lu Gia Street, 15th ward, district 11th, Ho Chi Minh City

VIFA Woodmac

VIFA Vietnam Woodmac 2018., also known as Woodworking Machinery & Wood Materials Fair, will take place in October in Thu Dau Mot City, Vietnam.

The event is organized by HAWA Corporation and Panels & Furniture Group of wood magazines. You can find a full range of machinery and wood materials here.

  • Machinery
  • Wood Materials
  • Hardware
  • Services related to industry

The fair attracted more than 2000 international visitors and around 120 exhibitors in 2017.

The event takes place once a year.

Venue: Hung Vuong Boulevard, Hoa Phu Ward, Thu Dau Mot City, Binh Duong Province, Vietnam

VietnamWood

VietnamWood, also known as International Woodworking Industry Fair, will take place in September 2019 in Ho Chi Minh City.

More than 380 exhibitors attended the event from 25 countries along with 11,000 visitors in 2017 that makes it one of the major such exhibitions in Vietnam.

You can find a wide range of woodworking equipment in this exhibition that includes:

  • Furniture manufacturing equipment
  • Woodworking materials & consumables
  • Tools
  • Other similar products and accessories

The fair takes place once every two years.

Venue: Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC), 799 Nguyen Van Linh Parkway, Tan Phu Ward, Dist.7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

LifeStyle Vietnam

Lifestyle Vietnam will take place in April 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City.

You can find a wide range of home decor, fashion, and other lifestyle products in this event.

Some popular product categories are:

  • Home decor
  • Handicrafts
  • Furniture (Indoor & Outdoor)
  • Home textiles
  • Houseware
  • Personal accessories & gifts
  • Toys

It takes place once every year, mostly in the month of April.

In 2017, more than 12,000 visitors attended the fair while there were around 300 exhibitors.

Venue: Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center, 799 Nguyen Van Linh Street, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

Electronics

NEPCON Vietnam

NEPCON is a major electronics and technology exhibition that will take place in October 2018.

The exhibition takes place once every year and attracts around 10,000 visitors and few hundred of exhibitors every year.

You can meet Vietnam based manufacturers and explore products and technologies like:

  • Testing technologies
  • SMT
  • Electronic equipment
  • Manufacturing components

Venue: 799 Nguyen Van Linh Parkway, District 7, Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

ETE Vietnam

ETE Vietnam is another major technology exhibition that is also known as International Exhibition on Electrical Technology & Equipment. The event takes place once every year, which is scheduled in July 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City.

The exhibition takes place at the same time and at the same place in partnership with Enertec Expo 2018, which is International Exhibition on Products, Technologies of Energy Saving.

If you are attending the ETE Vietnam, you can also attend the Enertex Expo at the same time.

Both events are organized by Ho Chi Minh City Department of Industry and Trade.

You can explore multiple product categories in the exhibition which include:

  • Electrical technology & equipment
  • Lighting technology & equipment
  • Accessories like wires, cables, electrical appliances, etc.
  • Technology contractors

It is also a major event that attracted around 20,000 visitors and more than 170 exhibitors in 2017.

Venue: Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center – SECC, 799 Nguyen Van Linh, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Food & Agriculture

Vietnam Farm & Food Expo

Vietnam Farm & Food Expo will take place in October in Ho Chi Minh City in partnership with Agritech Vietnam. This means you can visit two different expos at the same time and the same venue.

You can find a wide range of farm and food-related products at this expo that includes:

  • Agricultural products
  • Agricultural machinery
  • Seedling
  • Models of high-tech agriculture
  • Food
  • Bonsai
  • Food processing and maintenance equipment

The expo takes place once a year.

Venue: Phu Tho Indoor Sports Stadium, 01 Lu Gia Street, Ward 15th, 11 District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

AGRI Ho Chi Minh

AGRI Ho Chi Minh is the first exhibition of the series of international shows under the same name.

The first of these exhibitions will take place in Ho Chi Minh City in March 2018, the second exhibition will take place in Phnom Penh (Cambodia) in the first week of September 2018, and the third and last exhibition will take place in Yangon (Myanmar) in the last week of September.

The event takes place thrice every year in three different countries, but only once in Vietnam. You can find an array of agricultural products and machinery that include:

  • Agricultural machinery
  • Fertilizers
  • Agro Chemicals
  • Cultivation and other agricultural technologies
  • Storage technologies
  • Other agricultural products

Around 100 exhibitors and 4000 visitors attend the expo every year.

Venue: Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center – SECC, 799 Nguyen Van Linh, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Packaging

Propak Vietnam

Propak Vietnam is also known as Processing and Packaging Exhibition and Conference. The exhibition takes place once a year, which is scheduled for 2018 in March in Ho Chi Minh City.

It is a popular event that attracts around 400 exhibitors and 8,000 visitors every year.

You can mostly explore the latest technology and equipment used in processing and packaging industry.

Venue: Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center – SECC, 799 Nguyen Van Linh, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

PrintPack

PrintPack Foodtech is another major processing & packaging annual expo in Vietnam that will take place in September in 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City.

In 2017, around 15,000 visitors attended the expo along with 300 exhibitors from 11 countries.

You can find a wide range of processing and packaging related products that include:

  • Latest material
  • Machinery (converting machinery, packaging machinery, Pre-printing systems, coating equipment, etc.)
  • Technology
  • Foodtech that include bakery equipment & machinery, barcoding, ingredients, food processing technology, and machinery, etc.

The event is organized by Ministry of Industry & Trade.

Venue: Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center – SECC, 799 Nguyen Van Linh, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Construction & Industrial

Vietnam Manufacturing Expo (VME)

Vietnam Manufacturing Expo or VME will take place in August 2018 in Hanoi.

The event takes place once a year where you can explore a wide range of products that include:

  • Machine tools
  • Mold & die
  • Sheet metalworking
  • Tools & tooling
  • Welding technology
  • Assembly automation
  • Control measurement tools and technology
  • Cable and wire technology

Around 10,000 visitors attend the event every year while hundreds of exhibitors from different countries also exhibit their products.

Venue: I.C.E. Hanoi (Cung Văn Hóa Hữu nghị Việt Xô), 91 Tran Hung Dao Street, Hanoi, Vietnam

Metalex Vietnam

The Metalex Vietnam will take place in October 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City. It is also known as Vietnam’s International Exhibition on Machine Tools & Metalworking Solutions for Production Upgrade.

The event attracts over 500 brands and companies along with 10,000 visitors every year.

You can mostly explore full metalworking solutions in this exhibition.

This event takes place once a year.

Venue: Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center – SECC, 799 Nguyen Van Linh, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

VietnamPlas

VietnamPlas or Vietnam International Plastics & Rubber Industry Exhibition is another major industrial exhibition that attracts over 15,000 visitors and more than 400 exhibitors every year.

The exhibition takes place once a year, which is scheduled to take place in October 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City.

You can explore plastic and rubber material, solutions, products, and related technology in the exhibition.

Venue: Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center – SECC, 799 Nguyen Van Linh, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Questions & Answers

Do I need to apply for a visa before visiting trade shows in Vietnam?

Many nationalities can either get visa free access for 2 weeks, or apply for a visa on arrival in the airport. As such, you don’t need to apply for a visa before you visit Vietnam.

If you do intend to get a visa on arrival in Vietnam, then make sure you bring either US dollars in cash, or Vietnamese Dong (VND).

Do I need an invitation letter to obtain a Visa?

Not for short term visas. However, if you intend to obtain a 6 to 12 month visa, you must present an invitation letter.

The invitation letter must be issued by a Vietnamese entity, such as a local manufacturer or trade fair organizer.

That said, you don’t need an invitation letter to attend a trade show for a few days.

Can the supplier staff speak English?

Some people used to complain that very few people speak English in Vietnamese trade shows, including sales reps.

My impression is that this has changed significantly in the last few years, so you should not face issues when requesting quotations at a trade show.

How do I get to the trade shows?

At the time of writing, the Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi metro systems are still under construction. Most business people rely on the tax app Grab, to get around the city, including to and from the trade shows.

You can download Grab via Google Play or the Apple App Store for free, and pay in cash or with your international credit card, after each ride.

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