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Freight rates for shipping goods from Vietnam to UAE by sea

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is currently Vietnam's 10th largest export partner in the world and ranks first in the Middle East and Africa region. According to the latest data from the General Department of Vietnam Customs, the total bilateral trade turnover between the two countries reached 809 million USD, an impressive growth of 58% compared to the same period in 2020.

  • Phones and components continue to lead, agricultural products break through

The export structure to the UAE shows that phones and components remain the main items, reaching 551 million USD, a strong growth of 108% compared to the same period last year and accounting for two-thirds of the total export turnover. However, due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, items such as footwear and textiles have somewhat decreased, reaching 14 million USD and 11 million USD, respectively, down 23% and 11%.

A bright spot in the export picture is the positive growth of agricultural and aquatic products. Notably, cashew nuts reached 10.3 million USD, nearly 6 times higher than the same period last year. Other items such as seafood, vegetables, and pepper also recorded impressive growth rates of 18%, 12%, and 17%, reaching export values of 10.6 million USD, 7.5 million USD, and 4.8 million USD, respectively.

  • Potential opportunities for Vietnamese enterprises

The positive export results to the UAE affirm the great potential of this market for Vietnamese enterprises. To seize the opportunity, businesses need to strengthen product promotion, diversify markets, and improve product quality to continue affirming their position in the UAE market.


Giá cước vận chuyển đi UAE
(Cuoc van chuyen di UAE)

I. Freight rates to UAE by sea

Sea freight rates to the UAE by container, shipping schedules, and freight rates are the main topics that H-Cargo Logistics wants to share with you in this article. The UAE, officially known as the United Arab Emirates, is a Federal elective monarchy located in the Middle East.

Goods transported from Vietnam to the UAE mainly pass through the following routes: Shipping from Ho Chi Minh City to Jebel Ali; Shipping from Da Nang to Jebel Ali; Shipping from Quy Nhon to Jebel Ali; Shipping from Hai Phong to Jebel Ali.

H-Cargo Logistics would like to share detailed information about sea freight rates to the UAE, shipping schedules, and freight rates. Please follow the main content below.

1. Why choose sea freight to the UAE?

Sea freight has many outstanding advantages such as:

  • Low cost

Sea freight usually costs less than air freight. This is especially important for businesses with large volumes of goods or goods of not too high value, significantly saving transportation costs.

  • Large cargo capacity

Sea freight allows the transportation of a large amount of goods at the same time, from small containers to large containers. This makes it an ideal choice for businesses that need to transport large or bulky goods that other means cannot accommodate.

  • Diverse goods

Sea freight is suitable for a wide variety of goods, from dry goods, frozen goods, fragile goods to dangerous goods. This provides flexibility for businesses when transporting various types of goods.

2. Sea freight rates to Jebel Ali for full container load (FCL)

Currently, the sea freight rates from Ho Chi Minh City to Jebel Ali range:





Transit time


Jebel Ali



12-20 days


Jebel Ali



21 days


Jebel Ali



15-22 days


Jebel Ali



13-20 days

The above prices are only reference rates for May 2024 for general cargo. Currently, sea freight rates typically have a price validity period of about 7-15 days (depending on the distance of the route). If you want to know the exact current rates for specific goods or from POL: Da Nang, Hai Phong, Quy Nhon, please contact H-Cargo Logistics for free and prompt consultation and quotations.

Additionally, there are many other types of containers such as 20RF, 40RF, 20FR, 40FR, 20OT, 40OT. For these special types of containers, the freight rates from Cat Lai, Ho Chi Minh City to India must be checked on a per-order basis. The rates depend on the nature of the goods, the quantity, and the volume of the goods.

3. Sea Freight Rates to UAE for LCL (Less than Container Load)

Less than Container Load (LCL) shipping is a method where goods from multiple customers are consolidated into one container to optimize space and cost. This is particularly useful for businesses with cargo volumes that do not justify renting a full container (Full Container Load - FCL).

The current freight rates for LCL from Vietnam to India are around $35-45 per RT.

RT stands for Revenue Ton, a unit used to calculate freight charges by comparing weight (tons) and volume (CBM). The chargeable unit (RT) will be determined based on whichever is greater, weight or volume. For example, if a shipment weighs 4 tons but has a volume of 5.8 CBM, it will be calculated as 5.8 RT because the volume is greater.

In addition to FCL (Full Container Load) and LCL (Less than Container Load) shipping from Vietnam to the UAE, there are other shipping methods such as bulk carriers and Ro-Ro (Roll-on/Roll-off) vessels. The cost of these methods needs to be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact us via hotline or email for the most up-to-date and accurate information on freight rates. We are committed to providing detailed consultation and maximum support for all your shipping needs.

II. Routing from Vietnam to UAE

Knowing the routing from Vietnam to Jebel Ali Dubai will help you manage shipping times, transit points, and waiting times at each transit point. This allows you to plan the best strategy for your business operations.

1. Routing 1: Vietnam - Singapore/Port Klang - Jebel Ali (transit)

Typically, goods will be shipped from Vietnamese ports to transit ports such as Singapore, Port Klang, or Colombo, and then transferred to a mother vessel (connecting vessel) to reach the UAE port of Jebel Ali.


2. Routing 2: Vietnam - Jebel Ali (Direct)

Cái Mep (VNCMT) - Jebel Ali (AEJEA)

Currently, there are shipping companies operating this route directly from Cai Mep - Jebel Ali such as Emirates Shipping Line, Culines,..

III. Surcharges and local charges in Vietnam

In addition to shipping fees, the seller also has to pay additional fees and Local charges at the port. Each shipping company will collect different Local Charge fees, below are the export LCC fees at Ho Chi Minh, Hai Phong and Da Nang ports.

For FCL goods:

Bill fee


Terminal Handling Charge (THC)

$130/190 per 20/40GP



In addition, THC depends on each type of container such as GP, RF, OT, FR, FL. For special types of containers, local charge will be notified for each specific order.

For LCL goods:

  • Bill fee: $30/set

  • Terminal Handling Charge (THC): $7/RT

  • Container Freight Station (CFS): $7/RT

  • EBS: $6/RT

  • LSS: $4/RT

  • RR/GRI (if any): $15/RT

  • Fumigation (if any): $10/set

  • AMS/ACI/ENS/AFR (if any): $10/set

IV. Shipping Schedule from Vietnam to UAE

When shipping goods from Vietnam to UAE, understanding the container shipping schedule is crucial. Regular and punctual sailings not only help businesses manage the delivery time of goods effectively but also optimize transportation costs

1. Container Shipping Schedule to UAE

Container ships from major Vietnamese ports such as Hai Phong, Da Nang, and Cat Lai (Ho Chi Minh City) to Jebel Ali are regularly scheduled on a weekly basis. The frequency of these sailings depends on the shipping demand and the type of goods. Typically, shipping lines offer 2 to 4 sailings per week, ensuring flexibility and timely response to business needs.

2. Benefits of Monitoring the Shipping Schedule

  • Ensuring Delivery Time: Understanding the shipping schedule helps businesses plan the delivery of goods accurately, avoiding delays.

  • Cost Optimization: Selecting the right sailing helps save on storage and transportation costs.

  • Enhancing Logistics Efficiency: Effective schedule management improves efficiency in the supply chain, from production to distribution

3. How to Monitor the Container Shipping Schedule to Jebel Ali

Businesses can track the shipping schedule through the following channels:

  • Shipping Lines’ Websites: Get direct updates from reputable shipping lines.

  • Contact H-Cargo Logistics: Receive advice and support from our professional and dedicated staff.

Contact us for the most accurate and up-to-date container shipping schedule to India. We are committed to providing the best service, helping your business optimize shipping operations and ensure timely delivery of goods.

V.  Important Notes for Shipping to UAE

Shipping containers from Vietnam to UAE requires thorough preparation and compliance with various regulations to ensure the safe and timely transport of goods. Here are some important notes for international container shipping:

Customs Procedures

  • Prepare Complete Documentation: Ensure all relevant documents such as invoices, packing lists, certificates of origin (CO), and other customs documents are fully and accurately prepared.

  • Understand Import-Export Regulations: Be aware of the import and export regulations and standards of both Vietnam and UAE to avoid having goods held up or returned due to regulatory violations.

Choosing Reliable Shipping Partners

  • Select Reputable Shipping Lines: Collaborate with reputable and experienced shipping lines for container shipping to UAE to ensure quality and safe service.

  • Choose Professional Logistics Companies: Use services from professional logistics companies for comprehensive support from packing, shipping, to customs clearance.

Packing and Preserving Goods

  • Careful Packing: Goods should be properly packed to prevent impact, moisture, and environmental factors during transportation.

  • Use Appropriate Containers: Choose the type of container suitable for the characteristics of the goods, such as refrigerated containers for frozen food or dry containers for general goods.

Monitoring the Shipping Route

  • Track Goods: Use tools and services to track the location and status of the shipment, allowing timely handling of any issues that arise.

  • Shipping Schedule: Stay updated on the shipping schedule to plan the delivery and receipt of goods effectively, avoiding delays.

Cargo Insurance

  • Purchase Shipping Insurance: Ensure that the shipment is insured to protect against unwanted risks such as damage or loss during transportation.

These notes will help businesses grasp the shipping costs to UAE and effectively transport container goods from Vietnam to Jebel Ali Dubai, saving costs and ensuring the safety of goods. Contact us for detailed consultation and comprehensive support for all your shipping needs.

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