The below information is a brief summary of customs regulations when you plan your international shipping to Vietnam, Always double check with your local embassy or consulate to make sure you have all the information you need before you make your move. Contact the nearest Vietnam Embassy.

When you plan your international shipping to Vietnam, the following documents are required for customs clearance:

  • Passport (original)
  • Inventory (two copies, legible in English and detailed , PBO “Packed By Owner” not acceptable)
  • For electronic items note the brand, model and serial number
  • Loading sheet showing item numbers in each liftvan
  • Copy of government work permit showing that the Customer’s company or organization is authorized to set up a company in Vietnam
  • If the Customer does not have this government work permit, the shipment can not be cleared to enter the country
  • Copy of airport Customs declaration retained by Customer’s last entry
  • Letter authorizing Destination Agent to handle Customs clearance on Customer’s company letterhead
  • Customers name as written on all packages and documents is the same as shown in his/her passport

When shipping goods overseas to Vietnam, the following items customs guidelines will need to be met:

  • Customer has to be in Vietnam for Customs clearance for both air and sea shipments, passport required for Customs clearance
  • Customers are allowed only one air and one surface shipment
  • Customs inspects 100% of all shipments
  • All items must be “used”

When shipping goods overseas to Vietnam, The following items are dutiable and/or restricted:

  • Luxury goods, including TV’s, stereos, and computers, radios, VCRs, cassette recorders, motorcycles, automobiles, tobacco, alcohol and foodstuff are heavily taxed
  • Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products must be on inventory with exact number of bottles and type of alcohol and quantity of tobacco. If you wish to import alcohol it is advisable that it be less than two cases.
  • Cultural items such as books, compact discs, video and cassette tapes, video recorders, computer discs, calendars and document files will be inspected by the Cultural Department (these items should be listed clearly on the packing list with the quantity of each item) or it is recommended the Customer bring CD’s, cassette tapes, and radio tapes as accompanied baggage
  • The charge for inspecting these items are for the Customer’s account
  • Medicine (must provide prescription)
  • Electrical and electronic items are dutiable and note brand, model and serial number on inventory
  • Telephones and fax machines require an Import License and must be registered in Vietnam
  • Unauthorized use of these items can result in fines and confiscation
  • Antiques brought into Vietnam should be photographed at origin and declared to Customs upon arrival to avoid any problems at time of export from Vietnam

When shipping goods overseas to Vietnam, the following items are prohibited, but not limited to, from entry into the country:

  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Narcotics
  • Pornographic, cultural or politically sensitive material
  • Radio transmitters
  • Satellite dishes
  • Any political or historical books about Vietnam
  • Vietnamese Government will confiscate above items if imported

When shipping Motor Vehicles overseas to Vietnam, the following documents and regulations will apply:

  • All autos must be new (less than 100 km) and left-hand drive
  • Motor vehicles for diplomatic/international organizations, and under terms of certain foreign investment licenses can be imported duty free. All others are subject to 150% duty, the value as assessed by customs officials
  • Motorcycles are strictly limited to those of 125cc engine size or smaller
  • An Import Permit is required
  • Certificate of Registration
  • Car papers

Moving Pets to Vietnam, The following documents must be presented for the importation of pets:

  • Pets are duty-free
  • Documents Required:
    • Rabies vaccination papers
    • Health Certificate (not more than seven days old)
    • Sanitary Certificate
    • Letter authorizing Destination Agent to handle Customs clearance on Customer’s behalf
    • Provide Destination Agent with the type of pet, name, breed, sex, color, size or weight and age of the animal
  • There are currently no acceptable kennels for domestic pets in Vietnam, so plan pets’ arrival accordingly.

If you are moving your household, commercial goods or motor vehicles to Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Hà Nội, Da Nang or to another other city, please give us a call to go over any questions on documentation.

The regulations are subject to change without notice. our company is not liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance.