A Guide to Setting up a Logistics Company in Vietnam

The logistics market in Vietnam has created opportunities for local and foreign companies to profit immensely. Now is the time to invest

Foreign investors are in favor of establishing a logistics company in Vietnam due to its rapidly increasing young population, GDP, domestic manufacturing and consumption, e-commerce, and the adoption of new technologies. According to GII, The Vietnam freight and logistics market is expected to see an increase of 7% CAGR in the next five years.

The logistics market in Vietnam has now created so many opportunities for both local and foreign companies to profit due to the rising demand.

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How to Set up a Logistics Company in Vietnam

For investors considering establishing a logistics company in Vietnam, you have two options: a logistics company set up with foreign investments or with domestic investments.

1. Domestic-invested Logistics Company in Vietnam

Establishing a domestic-invested logistics company in Vietnam is simpler than setting up a foreign-invested one. A local investor can fully own a company with local capital and acquire a business license for certain logistics services from state-level authorities.

Steps involved in setting up a local logistics company in Vietnam include the following:

a. Submit the following required documents along with forms from the Department of Plan and Investment.

  • Enterprise registration form
  • Shareholders’ list if the company is a joint-stock company or a company with more than one shareholder
  • Article of Association
  • Identity card or passport of each shareholder
  • The decision of establishment or enterprise certificate
  • Authorisation letter
  • The decision of capital contribution

b. Announce information publicly regarding the company’s establishment on Vietnam’s National Business Registration Portal. Published information consists of the below:

  • Business certificate information
  • Business line information

c. Create a company seal and notify Vietnam’s Business Registration Department with the seal sample.

d. Apply for specific business licenses for conditional business lines.

2. Foreign-invested Logistics Company in Vietnam

a. Publish information of invested projects on Vietnam’s National Investment Information Portal.

b. Submit the required documents to the Investment Registration Department within 15 working days starting from the online publication date. The dossier includes the following documents:

  • Copy of passport or identity card
  • Copy of establishment certificate or documents indicating investors’ legal status
  • Written request for execution permission of the project
  • Investment proposal
  • Financial statements, parent company’s commitment to financial support, financial institutions’ commitment for financial support, financial capacity description, financial capacity guarantee
  • Land use demand
  • Technology application’s explanation
  • Contract of business cooperation

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c. Investors will receive an account from the Investment Registration Department. This account allows investors to access Vietnam’s National Foreign Investment Information Portal.

d. All application processes and results are updated in the portal. The agency will issue a project code to investors if the application is approved.

e. Investors will receive the Investment Certificate.

f. Investors must announce their commencement of business publicly similar to the steps conducted for a domestic logistics company in Vietnam.

g. Specific business licenses are also necessary for conditional business lines.

How Cekindo can Assist

Vietnam is the ideal destination to start a logistics company not only because it is one of the global’s most dynamic business hubs, but it is also the 4th largest economy in Southeast Asia.

As logistics companies in Vietnam must legally set up their entities, they will have to possess more resources and credibility to apply for relevant business licenses, bank accounts, and credits.

Cekindo is your respected business consulting firm in Vietnam that has built trust and reliability by doing business with large organizations and businesses of other sizes.

Cekindo can provide you with business solutions for your global logistics company in Vietnam beyond the initial setup. We also make sure that no time is wasted in unnecessary formalities, saving you significant time and resources.

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Tomas Svoboda - Cekindo - Vietnam Country Manager

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Tomas is the co-founder & Chief Business Development Officer responsible for Vietnam. His role is to define the key potential of the Vietnamese market and to ensure that Incorp's branch in Vietnam provides its clients with smooth and hassle-free market entry solutions.