Importing from Vietnam to UK

Vietnam imports have been growing steadily over the past few years.  The country’s skilled workforce and low costs means that UK retailers have been looking to Vietnam as producers of goods for the UK market.

Freight forwarder Mercator handles imports from Vietnam on a regular basis.  We can offer freight forwarding services via sea freight and air freight from Vietnam to the UK.  Our UK import services cover all industries and all commodities.  Typically we handle UK imports from Vietnam of clothing; textiles; food stuffs; dry goods; electronics and furniture.

Sea freight services depart Vietnam from ports across the country including Haiphong (north Vietnam), Quinhon and Da-Nang (middle of the country) and Ho Chi Minh (south Vietnam).  Sailings are weekly and they call at most UK ports including Felixstowe, Southampton and London Gateway.  Transit time from Vietnam to the UK via sea freight is approximately 30 days.

Air freight departures from Vietnam are daily.  There are departures across Vietnam directly to the major London airports.  Air freight takes less than a day, plus a few days to cover handling and customs clearance in the UK.

Mercator has a partner agent based in Vietnam.  Both are members of the freight forwarder network Marco Polo Line (MPL).  All members of the network are personally recommended by other agents, are vetted to ensure reliability and are small-medium independent freight forwarders.  Our agent in Vietnam can handle any aspect of your shipment whilst it is in Vietnam, including Vietnam customs, delivery to the port, handling in Vietnam and arranging for loading of your shipment onto the vessel.  Depending upon which INCOTERM you have agreed with your supplier will dictate what services you will require in Vietnam.  If you are unfamiliar with INCOTERMS, we have a short guide on INCOTERMS here.

In terms of importing from Vietnam, it might be best to opt for a Free on Board (FOB) buying term.  Purchasing FOB will mean that your supplier will take care of all the Vietnam side of the shipment and just deliver the goods to the ship for export.  From there, you can appoint a UK based freight forwarder to handle the sea freight, UK customs clearance and delivery.

Contact Mercator to discuss your Vietnam import, and to obtain a quote to cover all aspects of your import into the UK from Vietnam: or call +44 2392 756 575.

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