Vietnam had a tumultuous 20th century, with political upheaval marking the majority of this period. By the end of the Vietnam war in 1975, most of the political and social upset had come to an end. It wasn't until 1986, however, that the communist government began to develop more open trade and economic policies, allowing the country to grow and flourish. By the year 2000, significant progress had been made and Vietnam became an emerging market for worldwide trade. In 2007, Vietnam joined the World Trade Organisation.
Vietnam's main trading partner is the United States. The United Kingdom, however, has actively worked to build trade relationships in the country, giving Vietnam the designation of a High Growth Market. Vietnam has a growing economy, even when other countries are struggling to maintain strong growth. Of the 89 million citizens, many Vietnamese are young people with a strong consumer focus. While income discrepancies are still an issue between urban and rural populations, the gap is closing. In addition, inflation has yet to be controlled, despite the tight controls of the communist government.
Since the 1986 move to a more free economic system, Vietnam's industries have grown significantly. This led to a high rate of foreign investment, including many businesses based in Britain. Today, Vietnam has strong technology sectors, as well agricultural industries, with a strong focus on rice, black pepper and cashews. The country also produces a large amount of fish and rubber products.
Despite the recent natural disasters and political unrest Thailand
has been growing very fast. This has meant that businesses in Britain have been looking to send parcels to Thailand in much greater quantities than has previously been the case.
Often it’s a case of British retailers sending samples of products they’d like made in Thailand such as clothing and other textiles, but with Thailand expanding into other manufacturing industries we have seen a much greater variety of products shipped to Thailand.
We’ve also recently started seeing a large increase in people sending household items to Thailand because there is a growing expat community. Using Parcel Monkey to send parcels to Thailand is much cheaper than filling up your suitcases with items and paying for excess luggage.
Even with greater liberalisation of the country, some import restrictions still do exist. For a definitive and up-to-date list we recommend you visit the Thai Ministry of Commerce
Vietnam publishes a fairly extensive list of import guidelines. The customs procedure will vary based upon how the shipment is moved and what the final destination and intention of the package is. Commercial goods are subject to different guidelines than personal items or gifts, for example.
No matter how the package is handled, however, some items cannot be moved through Vietnam. The list of prohibited items for importation includes:
- hazardous chemicals,
- credit cards,
- animal eggs,
- ice of all types,
- playing cards,
- radioactive material,
- and the drug Viagra.
Vietnam also does not allow for the importation of used consumer products and goods. Some prohibitions deal with specific products that originate in one market. For example, you cannot move lumber products that are made in Liberia
, including large items like timber and small wooden products like toothpicks and clothespins
Besides the prohibited items, Vietnam restricts many other categories of goods and products. Restrictions apply to shipments of
- perishable food,
- live animals,
- dead animals,
- and gambling products or devices.
If you are looking to send a parcel to Vietnam via an international courier then you should read this page from the Vietnam Customs
Vietnam is steeped in specific traditions of social etiquette. Vietnamese citizens appreciate timeliness, so delays in delivery can negatively impact business relationships. It is, however, common for gifts to be given to both personal and business associates, so shipping an inexpensive gift is appropriate to build relationships. Finally, when shipping packages to Vietnam, keep in mind that the weather patterns are extreme. Southern Vietnam regularly experiences tropical conditions, while the northern part of the country is hot and rainy between May and September and warm and dry between October and March.
If you have a parcel to send to any of the major cities of Bangkok (Krung Thep), Nonthaburi, Pak Kret, Hat Yai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chiang Mai, Udon Thani, Surat Thani, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Pattaya, Nakhon Sawan, Ubon Ratchathani, Nakhon Pathom, Phitsanulok, Phuket, Songkhla, Laem Chabang, Chiang Rai, Yala, Trang, Lampang, Rayong, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Mae Sot and even smaller towns and villages then use our courier quotes
form to add your requirements and we’ll give the cheapest price.
Sending A Heavy Parcel To Vietnam
We can also help you send bulky and heavy parcels to Vietnam too. Of course the prices will often be substantially higher. For instance, a parcel weighing 30kg and 50cm cubed would cost £130.22 via DHL Air Express. If it were 35kg and the same dimensions it would cost £151.75. For 40kg it would be £173.28. For 45kg it would cost £194.30 and at a staggering 50kg that would cost £215.84.