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Vietnam International Moving Services

Relocation is the process through which international companies or individuals move their belongings to a different country for a short or long stay. Relocation, also known as international moving, is often a daunting task that requires a lot of activities to be handled. The tasks are to be handled with equal importance and urgency. To make this process easier, individuals or companies making such a move may seek assistance from movers who provide international moving services.

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Moving to Vietnam Cost & Time Examples

To/From    2BR    4BREstimated Time
San Jose to Vietnam$4,400- $6,000$8,200- $11,2005-7 weeks
New York to Vietnam$4,600- $6,400$8,900- $11,9006-8 weeks
Miami to Vietnam$4,600- $6,400$8,900- $11,9006-8 weeks
Philadelphia to Vietnam$4,800- $6,400$9,000- $12,1006-8 weeks
Las Vegas to Vietnam$5,000- $6,800$9,200- $12,5005-7 weeks
Phoenix to Vietnam$5,100- $7,100$9,600- $13,0005-7 weeks
Detroit to Vietnam$5,100- $7,100$9,600- $13,0006-8 weeks
Dallas to Vietnam$5,300- $7,200$9,800- $13,2006-8 weeks
Chicago to Vietnam$5,800- $7,800$10,800- $14,5006-8 weeks
Denver to Vietnam$6,700- $9,000$12,200- $16,4005-7 weeks

*Please note that these estimates do not include taxes, customs fees & duties, insurance & quarantine inspections. They assume easy access to both pick up and drop-off addresses and do not allow for special items such as pianos.

Estimated Weight (based on home size):
1BR=2600 lbs – 3900 lbs
2BR=3900 lbs – 5200 lbs
3BR=6500 lbs – 9100 lbs
4BR=9100 lbs – 14300 lbs
5BR=11700 lbs – 19500 lbs

If you want to ship your goods or to ship your car to Vietnam, it is also advisable to hire the services of an international mover.

Household items and import duty

To be exempted from import duty on your household goods, you either must be associated with an NGO or have diplomatic status. Even then, your organization should be included in the Memorandum of Understanding – otherwise it seems that you’ll still pay import duties.
If you don’t have either of these classifications, then expect to pay between 40% – 70% when bringing your belongings into Vietnam. This fee is levied on the value assigned to your goods by customs during the clearance process. Be aware that appliances and electronics typically incur duty at the top of that range. Also, only used goods are eligible for import – and new items won’t be allowed into the country (1).
Be prepared for customs to inspect your shipment carefully, and this usually takes between 1 to 5 days (depending upon whether the shipment arrives via air or over the water). An additional cultural inspection will also take place, which is typically 3 to 4 days on its own. During this examination, customs will look at any media material (such as books or dvd’s), plus other items like art or antiques (2).

Household items and import paperwork

The required list of paperwork is rather extensive, and every document must be submitted in triplicate. If you have more than one shipment, separate copies of your paperwork must be provided for each one. In addition, the stamp and signature of the company you’ll be working for within the country, must be present on every document given to customs.
As for the specific paperwork you’ll need, this includes a full packing list (written in English) and a Letter of Employment. You’re required to show a copy of your employer’s business and company licenses too, along with the Original Bill of Lading or Air Waybill for the shipment. An Entry Visa good for a minimum of three months is also required, though it appears that a Temporary Residence Card is a viable alternative (3). You should also present your passport, and this must have a valid entry stamp. Customs will request your address within the country as well, plus your Vietnam arrival-departure card (the original, not a copy).
If your shipment is more than 300 kilograms (gross weight), then you also must have a valid Work Permit. An application letter is also needed, though no other details about this document are provided. Finally, if your shipment will be entering through Hanoi, then you must supply a copy of your work (or labor) contract (4). A customs declaration, authorization letter and full inventory are also required (5).

Vehicles and import duty

On this question reputable sources diverge, with the International Association of Movers asserting that vehicle importation isn’t allowed (except for diplomats) (6). Another well-informed source disagrees, stating that it is permitted – only costly and complex. For example, if you don’t have diplomatic status, the import duty rate is an exorbitant 600%.
If you still wish to proceed in the face of these fees, then you must adhere to certain guidelines. First, both used and right-hand drive vehicles are prohibited. Second, it’s recommended that you send the vehicle on its own shipment (separate from your household goods), due to the long clearance time for vehicles. Third, be prepared to pay demurrage, and this could be significant because clearance is approximately a month-long process (7).
It’s worth repeating here that according to IAM, vehicle importation isn’t allowed. Due to the conflicting information available, if you’re planning to bring a vehicle into Vietnam – you should speak to customs before doing so.

Vehicles and import paperwork

When importing a vehicle into Vietnam, a Certificate of Origin, Import Permit and an authorization letter are all required. Customs will also ask to see the vehicle’s registration, your passport and the purchase receipt (or other documents establishing ownership). The Original Bill of Lading for the vehicle shipment and your Residency Card should be given to customs as well (8). The company registration for your employer within the country is also needed, plus a complete packing list. This list should state the engine and chassis numbers for the vehicle you’re importing (9).

Tips on how to make your international move easier

Relocation may be a tough task to do alone. However, by applying the following handy tips, you can make your international move easier:

  • Research: Get familiar with the requirements for migrating or shipping to Vietnam. Make good use of the information available such as on the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) website.
  • Proper packaging: This will enable the movers to easily handle, store and transport your belongings. It also secures your property from damage.
  • Document preparation: This will save you a lot of time by having the documents ready and at hand when they are required. You may get information from the Embassy of Vietnam on the documents required.
  • Liaise with the moving company: Communicating well, availing documents and information to the moving company and paying your bill on time will enable them to act on your order swiftly.

Why you need a professional moving company when relocating overseas

When relocating, you may face moments of uncertainty. There are also phases of the relocation process in which you may need support. Hiring the services of an experienced moving company will give you the much needed confidence that you will be making guided steps through your journey. A good shipping company will be familiar with all the rules that govern your destination country. They will also assist you ship your car in the safest way possible.

A-1 Auto Transport can help you move your household goods internationally. Call 888-509-3213 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote on interstate moving services.

How to find the best international moving company

There are many moving companies in the industry but you need to find one that will meet your need in the best way possible. The search for the best international moving company may not be easy but you may take the following factors into consideration while conducting your search:

  • Is the company trustworthy and licensed to ship internationally?
  • Does the company meet the legal requirements to provide Vietnam International Moving Services?
  • Does the company have a base in Vietnam? This will assist you to get storage services from them instead of looking for another holding company.
  • Is the moving company insured and does the cover include third parties?

Our Vietnam International Moving Services

  • Packing/unpacking: We provide packing supplies upon request as well as packing and unpacking services.
  • Commercial moving: There is no company too big or too small for us to move.
  • Office moves: Make your move to your new territory easy and quick with us.
  • Apartment moves: Your new apartment in Vietnam awaits you and we wait to help you settle soon.
  • Planning and preparation: We are your experienced guide through your relocation process, from start to finish.
  • Visa and immigration services: We are familiar with the Vietnam visa requirements and will offer you with all the assistance you need.
  • Housing assistance: We go out of our way to ensure you are provided with top-notch housing services.
  • Family services: We offer affordable and suitable services for your family.
  • Auto transport services: Moving your car, new or used, is something that we can do.

Why A-1 Auto Transport?

We at A-1 Auto Transport understand that you need to make a move that does not set you far back financially. That is why we offer you the most competitive pricing. You may get an estimate of your shipping cost by getting a free quote from us. You get value for your money by moving with us. We are experienced and work hard to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations. The confidence our customers have in us is shown by the fact that 97% of them refer us to other clients. All our services, including Vietnam International Moving Services, are designed to ensure that you get the best service in the industry. 

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  1. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Vietnam” page.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Vietnam” page.
  7. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Vietnam” page.
  9. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Vietnam” page.
Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.

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