How Long does It Take to Ship by Sea from China to Vietnam?

As an emerging market, Vietnam has developed rapidly in recent years and has undertaken the transfer of manufacturing industries from many developed countries and China. Therefore, the trade between China and Vietnam has become more frequent. With the increasing demand for domestic machinery equipment, manufacturing raw materials and other goods exported to Vietnam, the sea freight service from China to Vietnam has also become a popular route.

Shipping time is one of the most concerned issues for customers. Let’s take a look at how long the shipping time is from China to Vietnam.

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Shipping time from China to Vietnam

Taking Shenzhen to Haiphong as an example, the shipping time from Shenzhen, China to Haiphong, Vietnam generally takes about 5 days, and it may take longer due to the weather.

The general process of exporting from China to Vietnam by sea: book space in advance at coastal ports, arrange trailers to load goods at your door, go through export customs declaration procedures, and ship to Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh and Haiphong ports in about 5-8 days, and Vietnam’s partners will handle Vietnam’s customs clearance procedures, 2 -3 days customs clearance and delivery to the consignee.

container ship from China


Shipping process from China to Vietnam

1. Book space, determine the pick-up address, cargo weight, volume, container type, container quantity, starting port, destination port, and loading time.

2. Loading, arrange loading and other matters according to the determined time.

3. Customs declaration, according to the packing list and invoice of the goods, the customs declaration is carried out for export.

4. After customs declaration and release, the shipping company will replenish materials, make bills, and check whether the information on the bill of lading is correct.

5. Track the ship’s dynamics and determine the arrival time, and send the original bill of lading and certificate of origin and other relevant documents to the destination port in advance for customs clearance.

6. A few days before the goods arrive at the port, submit the packing list, invoice, certificate of origin and other materials to the Vietnamese customs system for customs clearance. The certificate of origin can reduce or exempt customs duties.

7. Follow up the customs system information to calculate the corresponding tariff, and arrange to pay the tax after confirmation.

8. Arrange to pick up the goods after the customs release, if the whole container directly arranges the truck to deliver the goods to the address designated by the consignee. If it is bulk cargo, it will be unpacked in the warehouse first, and then the truck will be arranged to deliver to the designated address of the consignee. If the delivery address is a no-go area, you need to change the pickup truck delivery. If unloading and installation workers are required, they can be arranged with the vehicle.

9. After unloading the goods, transport the container back to the port for stacking.

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The logistics timeliness of shipping from China to Vietnam will be affected by many factors, therefore, it is still necessary to reserve enough time. Shenzhen Focus Global Logistics Co., Ltd. has 22 years of experience in international freight forwarding, and maintains close and friendly cooperative relations with many well-known shipping companies to provide customers with the most cost-effective cross-border logistics transportation solutions to ensure timely delivery. If you have business needs, please feel free to contact us – TEL: 0755-29303225, E-mail:, looking forward to cooperating with you!

Post time: Jun-01-2023