1. VNS Sea-Air solution helps to answer our customer question for cargo from Vietnam to the USA that airfreight is too expensive but sea-freight is too slow and what is the solution? Especially, It is sensitive to fashion logistics in a peak season!
  2. If our customers are finding their airfreight rates too high for long-haul shipments, but need faster transport than sea-freight alone, consider a careful blend of the two.
  3. Sea-Air traffic combines the economy of the sea with the speed of the air to give you a cost-effective solution. This fusion of transport modes enables you to send goods from Asia to Europe, North and South America, or Africa within 2-3 weeks.
  4. Sea-Air service, a combined Sea and Air transport when properly handled is a preferable multi-modal transport that offers cost effective and time sensitive solutions, which brings two of the best advantages of air and sea freight together in one service: SAVINGS & SPEED
  5. We strongly recommend this sea-air transport model to our customer in case their goods are cost-sensitive but not absolutely urgent, then this could be a right solution as we make sure the goods will be arrived  in the right time and at the right cost!
  1. Sea-Air is usually presented as the alternative solution between ocean and air in the logistics pipeline. It is more cost-effective than pure airfreight by 30-40% and quicker than ocean alone by approximately 40% in transit time.
  2. There are many instances when Sea-Air can provide advantages as an alternative to the classic ocean or air transport mode:
  • When the ocean is not an option due to the tight delivery in term of timeframe.
  • When looking for a greater flexibility in the transport process to ensure the cost vs. lead-time ratio is optimal at all times (Just-in-time)
  • When airfreight is viewed as the immediate choice, yet may not always be needed and becomes a “comfort” solution
  • When product value does not support to cost of airfreight
  • When Garment on Hanger (GoH) is carried via airfreight
  • When looking for a solution to reduce inventory carrying cost
  • When capacity becomes constrained from a specific origin or region, especially in a peak season
  1. Some Sea-Air hubs:
  • Asia/India via Dubai to Europe, Africa and USA/Canada
  • North Asia (China) to Seoul to Europe and USA/Canada
  • Asia/India to North America to Latin America

1@The greatest advantage of putting away imported goods in a BW is that duties and taxes are held off until those items are taken out of storage. Duties and taxes are collected at rates on the date of the stock leaving the BW.
2@Inspecting Goods
Importers have the right to request imported goods to be inspected in a BW before paying duty and taxes for checking goods.
3@Sampling Goods
Importers have a chance of taking products kept in a BW to be demonstrated to potential buyers.
4@Repackaging Goods
Importers can have a BW repackage products from their original wrapping into smaller or bigger packages.
5@Re-export Goods
Imported goods can be shipped from a BW to buyers in another country. If half of an original shipment of electronics is re-exported from the bonded warehouse to outside the country, that part is not subject to duties and taxes.
6@Moving Inventory to Ship Stores
Importers can move stock from BW to vessels (a.k.a. ship stores) outside of the country.
Ship stores include stock such as foodstuff, alcohol and tobacco. When stocked from a BW, those goods will be exempt from duties and taxes as long as the ship stores travel out of your country.
7@Moving Inventory to Duty-free shops
BW can be found close to duty-free shops, predominantly near airports. Imported merchandise ranging from candies, jewellery, pencils, alcohol and tobacco can be moved from BW to duty-free shops.
Duty and taxes are taxed when imported merchandise are removed from a bonded warehouse. Duty or taxes are not owed on merchandise relocated to duty-free shops.
8@Transferring Ownership of Goods
Importers have the option of selling their stock kept in a BW to some other buyer.
Once ownership is transferred to the other buyer, the new owner is responsible for paying any relevant duties and taxes. These amounts are owed when the imported goods are removed from the BW for sale in your country.
9@Moving Goods to another BW
Duties or taxes are not owed on imported goods transported to another BW. Importers can transfer their goods from a BW to another duty-free area and without paying taxes.

1)-Understand your internal requirements – know what you specifically will need before you even begin looking for a forwarder. Determine what mode of transport and what specific services you will need and what volume you plan to ship before contacting a forwarder. This is the “help me help you” part that the forwarder may say to you if you don’t come prepared.
2)-Search their industry – know what your forwarder can and cannot do for you. Know what you are responsible for and what they are responsible for. Read various blogs, regulations, industry terms, international treaties and anything else required for your shipments. What area of logistics do you really need? More on this below.
3)-Can they handle multiple types of shipments? You may only need to import using ocean freight from China now, but what if you needed to import from Vietnam using air freight, or export to Dubai using RORO or Breakbulk service for oil drilling equipment? Do they have the experience, know-how, and partners around the world to handle your shipments?
4)-Do they have the experience you need? There are many modes of transport, commodities (e.g. garments, machinery, cars, food, garments, chemicals, perishables, hazardous, etc), regulations at origin/destinations. All freight forwarders cannot handle all of these combinations. For this reason, ask potential forwarders what experience they have in your type of shipment. Usually they should be able to bring up an example of a similar shipment they handled for someone else.
5)-Are they a member of any trade associations or freight forwarding networks? Joining reputable freight forwarding associations such as WCA requires financial strength, operational efficiency, integrity and many other requirements. If a freight forwarder is a member of a reputable association, the chances of them handling your shipment with care and diligence is higher than if they were not a member. It also shows they have financial strength because there are only a handful of legitimate, quality freight forwarding networks that really vets their members.
6)-How will they manage your operations/shipment? This relates to who will be your point of contact for submitting documents, coordinating the shipment and who to ask for when there is a problem. This may all be one person who is dedicated to handling your shipment A-Z or several people, each with defined responsibilities for your account. Will communication updates be via telephone, email or automatic web tracking
7)-Ask if they have a network of agents in your destination country – this can be vital for any DAP, DDP shipments and also if your customer overseas has any unforeseen issues such as a port strike, customs issue or other delay. Their destination agent can help smooth out many of these issues.
8)-Put together a checklist of requirements – this includes everything from your time frame on when you want to begin, objectives such as speed of delivery, commodities being shipped, special packaging requirements, terms of sales, volume, etc.
9)-Do they have multiple service contracts – this is important when space availability on a vessel, airline or trucking company becomes an issue and you need an alternative Or do they have relationships with multiple ocean, air, land carriers?
10)-Does the freight forwarder have cargo insurance – This is important as they should be able to issue insurance policies for your shipments in case of theft, damage, or loss.

1)-What are my incoterms with my supplier or my buyer? At what point does my responsibility and liability of the cargo begin or end?

2)-What mode of service do I need? Do I need port to port, port to door, door to port, or door to door services?

3)-What is the origin address of the cargo, what is the final destination?

4)-What is the size/weight/dimensions/value of my cargo? What is the value?

5)-Is my shipment considered oversized or out of gauge?

6)-Depending on the mode of transport: what size ocean container, what volume of air cargo, or size domestic cargo will I be shipping?

7)-How is my cargo packaged? Do I need additional packing/loading services?

8)-Is my cargo considered hazardous? If so, do I have the MSDS, which is required by my freight forwarder?

9)-Is there any sort of import or export license required for the import or export of my cargo depending on the commodity and ultimate destination of the cargo? If so, do I know how to apply for that license?

10)-Will I need any special services such as: documentary services such as document attestation or legalization services, drop and pull of a container (container left overnight at supplier), customs clearance, in-bond entry, commodity classification (HTS codes), fish & wildlife license, prior notice, annual bond for imports, consolidation of cargo, deconsolidation or any other type of additional service?

11)-Will I need additional repacking services, labelling, pick and pack or other service required to deliver to.

12)-Will I ship my cargo in an ocean container, RORO vessel, break-bulk vessel, air-plane, truck, barge, rail or the other mode of transport? Will I need intermodal services that provide a combination of these services?

The importer of record is responsible for paying duty.  The seller of the goods cannot pay duty in advance. Customs Brokers may pay duty on your behalf as part of their services in clearing your goods when they arrive in Vietnam

Dear Customers, Partners and the VNS family,

After many ups & downs, I “fell in love” with freight forwarding in 1992 and set up privately own company with 02 people in 1999, only focused on local customs brokerage and freight traffics from Vietnam to the USA. On 08th November 2004, the company was officially changed to “Vietnam Shipping Services Corporation” of 05 shareholders with more service scopes and great ambition. I wish to demonstrate the inequality of 1+1>2!

In doing that, I have been building a corporate culture based on treating each other, our customers and partners with respect, reciprocity and honesty. We aim to offer a value added service of differentiation to ensure that we are a company you can be proud to support.

I am writing today to thank you for your trust and support. We are committed to the “FAIR” and make our service as good as it has ever been, and even better by the way our people serve you. That is my promise and everyone at Viet Nam Shipping Service Corporation!

With best regards,
Michael Trung
On behalf of all member in Vietnam Shipping Services Corporation.

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