Tet is celebrated on the first day of the first month in the Lunar Calendar. The weeks before and after the Tet festival, are challenging for shippers as it puts high pressure on the supply chains. It’s peak season and more goods need to be supplied to the shops. The demand for products, like food items but also clothing, rises dramatically. Vendors work hard to keep up with the demand and stock-up extra supplies in the warehouses.
This is what you can expect:
Everyone is working at full capacity Each partner company in the supply chain (from the manufacturer, to the warehouse, trucking company and store owner) is working at full capacity. As a consequence, a small problem in the supply chain (for example because a customer did not book a truck in time) can quickly lead to major stock shortages in stores. At the same time it becomes more difficult to fix problems and mistakes the closer you get to Tet because people are on annual leave. On top of that, getting goods from the warehouses to the consumer is likely to be more expensive because local trucking companies face capacity problems and sometimes charge higher rates. Planning ahead for Tet is therefore essential.
Local trucking companies close early Customers need to be aware that local trucking companies will be starting to close for Tet about a week before the start of the holiday. They use these additional days to do maintenance on their trucks and allow the drivers more time to travel back to their home towns to enjoy the Tet holiday. To avoid any surprises, like having to pay double trucking fees, it is therefore essential for customers to have a trucking plan in place.
Shelves at the warehouses are full Prior to Tet, the warehouses operate at full capacity. The shelves are packed and the warehouse staff puts in a lot of overtime to handle and transport the goods to the consumer in a very short period of time. As can be expected, the period right after Tet is usually a quiet time for the consumer goods business and activity at the warehouse is scaled back to the usual routine.
Airfreight is in the middle of its peak season to deal with the Tet rush Before the long holiday export demand is surging resulting in a lack of flight capacity, higher rates and longer transit times than usual. To avoid delays our air freight team recommends to book in advance and at least 10 days prior to uplift days. Customers must be aware that the airport terminal, airport customs and the airlines have very limited staff on duty during the Tet holidays. Right after Tet the airfreight operations will be back to normal again. However, because the factories need about a week to get back to operations, there is not much export demand the first week.
Expect delays after Tet at the ports The Vietnamese ports and the CFS port warehouses follow the government announcement to close for the Tet holiday during specific dates. The terminals however will continue to work 24/24 hours and are open for incoming vessels. The days before Tet, the ports work overtime and try to load all export cargo to meet the Container Yard (CY) cut off time and unload all import shipments in time for Tet. After Tet, the ports will be back to full capacity when they resume work. However, they have to deal with heavy congestion at the terminals. Customers therefore need to expect delays created by the week-long closure. It usually takes a bit longer in the North than the South for the timelines to get back to normal.
Tips to prepare for Tet:
Plan ahead and make sure to add some additional days into the delivery timeline
Always schedule enough time to get products shipped as booked
Make sure you have a good trucking plan in place
Try to book your shipments at least a week in advance
Make sure your customs documentation, such as the customs sheet, is in order
Be patient and communicate continuously with vendors/forwarders/carriers to make sure all shipping information is available to you and potential problems are quickly identified
Holiday Schedule 2019: Vietnam Tet Holiday DB Schenker: Monday, February 4 to Friday, February 8, 2019
DB Schenker launches first direct LCL service between Italy and Vietnam
News, Sep 9, 2018
On September 6, DB Schenker launched its first direct "less than container load" or LCL service from Italy to Vietnam connecting the ports of Genoa and Cat Lai in South Vietnam on a regular weekly basis.
DB Schenker in Vietnam celebrates its 25th anniversary
Sep 27, 2016
25 Years ago the company received the official business license for a representative office in Vietnam
(HCMC, 27 September, 2016) DB Schenker, the world's leading global logistics provider, celebrates its 25th anniversary in Vietnam today. Exactly 25 years ago, on 27 September 2016, the company received the official business license to establish a representative office of Schenker CO – GmbH in Ho Chi Minh City.
25 years ago, DB Schenker in Vietnam only had a small office with three employees. The company only offered basic freight forwarding services to a few customers.
Over the past 25 years, the company has grown to become one of the market leaders in Vietnam, with over 650 employees and a wide network of offices and warehouses across the country.
In today’s fast changing business environment, DB Schenker in Vietnam takes pride in providing customers with specialized supply chain solutions across the entire spectrum of industries, working closely with Schenker colleagues in other countries to offer a global product.
“We’ve achieved a lot in 25 years and our journey has just begun. We can all be very proud of our achievements as DB Schenker in Vietnam. I’m confident that in the coming years, our successful journey will continue. We will explore new ways and to rise to the challenges of a competitive logistics market, locally, nationally and globally. We are all very proud of what we’ve accomplished in Vietnam and grateful to our many customers and employees who helped us get here”, said Christoph Matthes, Managing Director of DB Schenker in Vietnam.
To celebrate this special milestone, DB Schenker will organize events for customers and employees in the coming months.
Schenker Vietnam Co., Ltd., DB Schenker’s business entity in Vietnam, was established in 1991 and is one of the leading and earliest established logistics companies in the country. We offer a full range of logistics and transportation services which includes Contract Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Air and Ocean Freight, National Transportation, Landbridge Asia, and Special Services.
For more information, see the contact details of the Marketing and Communications team on the right.
New SOLAS regulations will become effective on July 1, 2016
Jul 1, 2016
New regulations will improve safety in Ocean Freight Industry
The SOLAS amendments are effective as of 1st July 2016 for packed containers received for transportation (gate-in or off-rail). They place a requirement on the shipper of a packed container (or their dedicated agents), to verify and provide the container’s gross verified weight to the Ocean carrier and port terminal - and/ or their representative - prior to it being loaded onto a vessel.
What are the objectives of this initiative?
Elimination of accidents caused by misdeclared container weights
Provision of assurance to other parties within a supply chain
Improvement of security of the stevedores, vessel crews and vessel itself
Maintenance of equipment and terminals in good condition
IMPORTANT: Estimating the weight is not at all permitted under this new regulation.
As per today, the liability and legal consequences on SOLAS VGM requirements are not clearly defined and ratified. Penalties, fines and/ or prosecution are subject to national laws which are yet to come.
The DB Schenker Ocean Freight team in Vietnam will keep a close eye on the developments. We will provide further operational guidelines as soon as they become available.