Baggage Shipping to Vietnam
Vietnam is a country in South East Asia, beside Laos and Cambodia and to the south of China. It is a communist state where Vietnamese is the official language but English is increasingly learned as a second language. The country covers an area of 325, 361 km2 and has a population of 93, 421, 835 people. The country’s currency is the Dong. To learn more about Send My Bag’s shipping service to Vietnam please read on:
Why Ship to Vietnam?
If you plan to enjoy a break in one of Vietnam’s cities, or if you plan to explore the country as a whole in more depth, Send My Bag can help by shipping your luggage to and from your destination. If you hope to spend most of your time on a beach, or if you intend to get active, Send My Bag can ship all the clothes and equipment you might need. With great flat rates for a massive 30 kg, you will have plenty of provisions to see you through your holiday. You can also shop to your heart’s content while in Vietnam and ship your purchases home. By doing so you will avoid queuing at bag drop or luggage carousels and you can hop on and off public transport without dragging luggage behind you.
Our service is also great for international students studying in Vietnam or for students spending a year abroad or gap year there. Send My Bag can help students quickly set up home in Vietnam by shipping their possessions, including clothes, books and DVDs.
Ways of Shipping to Vietnam
If a holiday or a big move brings you to Vietnam, you will need to get your things there too. International shipping to Vietnam is likely something you will need to consider. There are a number of different options for international shipping, some of which are found below. You can assess for yourself which of the options suits your needs best:
Send Luggage to Vietnam
You can send your luggage to Vietnam with Send My Bag. This is handy for relocating to Vietnam or just for your holiday as it allows you to bring everything you need without having to drag heavy bags behind you throughout your journey, which may involve several different connections. Your possessions will be looked after for you, allowing you to get on with exploring all that Vietnam has to offer. To find out more about sending luggage to Vietnam, visit our ‘How it works’ page, or our ‘FAQs’.
send golf clubs to Vietnam
More and more golf courses are being built in Vietnam as golf becomes increasingly popular. The top-rated clubs include Bluffs Ho Tram Strip, Danang Dunes and Laguna Lang Company. Golf fans will want to enjoy these courses using their own clubs, so why not send your golf clubs to Vietnam with Send My Bag? It’s easy to send your golf clubs; just make sure you find out how best to prepare your golf clubs for transit by visiting Send My Bag's page on sending golf clubs.
Send your bike to Vietnam
Why not see Vietnam from your bike? One of the most famous cycling routes is the National Highway 1, which goes from north to south, the length of the country. This route allows you to witness incredible coastline. No need to worry about getting a good deal on a bike while over there; instead you can ship your own bike to Vietnam with Send My Bag. By sending your bike you can avoid oversized baggage fees from your airline and also avoid the hassle of carrying a heavy bike to and from the airport. To find out more about shipping your bike, read our bike shipping page, where you can learn how to best package your bike for safe transport.
Removals to Vietnam
If you are visiting Vietnam for a long period of time or are moving there permanently, you will have to consider international removals to Vietnam to move all of your possessions. It is very important to choose a reputable removal company and to ensure that all your items are carefully packaged so that they won’t get damaged while in transit.
Student shipping to Vietnam
Vietnam’s top universities have got to be the Vietnam National University in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the Foreign Trade University and the Hanoi University of Science and Technology. If you are an international student studying at one of these universities, or at any other, you can easily send your possessions with Send My Bag to your student accommodation. Learn more about student shipping and how to claim your student discount by reading our student removals page.
Sending a parcel to Vietnam
As well as luggage, Send My Bag can send parcels to Vietnam for you, which is a handy option if you only need to ship a small number of items. It’s also a handy service for friends and family to send gifts or care packages. Anyone sending a parcel to Vietnam should pick a good solid box and seal it up well so none of the items get damaged in transit. See our information page on how to send a parcel, to find out what you can send with Send My Bag and how to best package your items.
In addition to sending baggage, luggage and parcels to Vietnam, you could investigate the following options for shipping items internationally, which are more applicable if you want to send large, chunky items such as dining chairs or armchairs:
Air Freight to Vietnam
If you need to send large items like a TV or a table to facilitate your move to Vietnam, you could consider using air freight. This usually takes only one to two days but it can be an expensive service. You will also have to pay for a customs agent to handle customs clearance for you. Plus, you need to transport your items to and from the airport, which means that costs could quickly mount up. If you send internationally by air freight to Vietnam your items will likely arrive at one of the major international airports, such as Da Nang, Cam Ranh or Hanoi-Noi-Bai.
Sea Freight and Container Shipping to Vietnam
To transport even larger items to Vietnam you could think about sea freight or container shipping. This is, more often than not, a cheaper option than air freight, but you will still need to hire a customs agent and will need to get your items to and from the ports somehow, which would mean extra costs to cover. When using container shipping to Vietnam your items will most likely arrive by ship at a major sea port, such as Ho Chi Minh City or Haiphong.
Shipping Goods to Vietnam
You should research thoroughly current Vietnam customs rules when shipping goods to Vietnam. You need to know about any duty that you need to pay and what items are allowed to be shipped to Vietnam, which items are restricted, and which are entirely disallowed. Read the section below on ‘What can I send to Vietnam? What items are restricted?’ to find out more.
Important Vietnam Customs Information
In order to be considered for duty relief, the consignee must provide a stamped copy of their Vietnam Entry and Exit Form (NA1) which is obtained from customs at the airport of landing and must be dated within 30 days of the shipment’s arrival in Vietnam. In addition a copy of the named receiver’s passport must be provided along with an image of their entry stamp and if held, their visa, work permit, or residence card. Due to the information required for clearance, shipments cannot be cleared by customs unless the consignee has already arrived in Vietnam.
Customs will generally also exempt a consignee from paying duty on smaller shipments of negligible value, providing the declared value of the shipment is under 1,000,000 VND / $40 USD.
General Customs Information
Most countries view personal effects as items that have been in the sender’s possession for at least six months, with the majority of these countries offering a duty-free allowance for such personal effects. This means that most Send My Bag shipments will not be stopped by customs.
If you send brand new or commercial items in your shipment, however, you may be required to pay taxes and duties.
You should bear this in mind if sending brand new items, such as Christmas or birthday presents, to Vietnam. You should find out beforehand any customs duties you might have to pay, take any advice you are given by Vietnamese customs, and attach any documentation required of you.
To show customs officials that you are only sending personal effects, you need to complete a packing list online, which should be completed as follows: "2 x Pairs Plastic Flip-flops, 5 x Cotton T-Shirt, 3 x Linen Trousers", and so on, rather than as "10 x Used Clothing".
Because customs processes and allowances differ according to the country, we suggest that travellers consider how their personal circumstances and what they are sending will be viewed by Vietnamese customs officials.
Further information can be found on our customs information page.
When a bag is stopped by customs for any reason (missing documentation, prohibited contents, commercial contents or further information required) Send My Bag™ records how long customs hold it for. Our historical statistics for this route indicate that if the customs authority stops your bag they will on average take 7 days to process it and release it back to us for delivery.
What can I send to Vietnam? What items are restricted?
With Send My Bag™ you can travel with almost everything you would normally find in a holiday suitcase, for security and customs reasons however certain items are prohibited, please find these listed below.
A maximum of 1 lithium battery is permitted per shipment (excludes to / from Australia) when it is contained within a working personal electronic device such as a mobile phone. Review our battery policy.
- Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
- Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type (including nail varnish and perfume);
- Toner Cartridges;
- Loose Batteries & Power Banks;
- No more than 1 device containing a battery in line with our battery policy;
- Animals and Animal products;
- Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations and toys of same);
- Flowers and plant products;
- Human remains or ashes;
- Medical samples;
- Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
- Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
- Religious Artefacts
- Foodstuffs, perishable, animal origin and controlled food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Fruit & vegetables, dairy products (including dried products containing dairy such as protein powder), meat, fish, nuts, seeds, wine, beer, spirits and champagne; or
- Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odour of any kind;
- Valuables and high value items including but not limited to antiques, paintings, jewellery, precious stones and electrical equipment (low value electrical equipment is permitted but sent at the owner's risk);
- Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
- Credit cards;
- Passports or other confidential personal documentation;
- Irreplaceable items;
- Other Dangerous / hazardous goods;
- Counterfeit goods;
- Other illegal or restricted goods.
More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.
Items excluded from cover
The following items will be accepted but are sent at your risk and are not included under complimentary cover:
- Electrical Items, including but not limited to; Tablets, Mobile Phones, Computers, Hi-Fis, TVs.
- Glass & Porcelain.
- Any other non standard excess baggage items.
If you choose to send any of the above please ensure you package the item appropriately, for example a TV inside a suitcase is not appropriate.
Although not the capital city, Ho Chi Minh City, located in the south, is the largest in the country and is a fascinating destination for tourists. The city brings an assault on the senses, with its bustling streets and markets and colourful temples and pagodas.
An alternative city to visit is Hanoi, in the north of the country, which boasts some beautiful French colonial architecture, such as the Hanoi Opera House.
There are a number of excursions you can take beyond the main cities, such as a visit to Tay Ninh, the hub of the Cao Dai religion. Nearby there are also the Cu Chi tunnels, which Vietnamese villagers dug to keep them out of reach of US bombing during the war. Or, you could visit the Mekong Delta and witness its lush landscape and rice paddies.
Numerous outdoor pursuits can be enjoyed in Vietnam, such as riding in dug-out canoes, taking an elephant ride, or trekking into forests or around the mountains, including Sa Pa.
Or, you can enjoy stunning beaches, such as Phu Quoc and Nha Trans.