Exporting plastics bag from Vietnam to Mexico

Exporting plastics bag from Vietnam to Mexico

Mexico is an easy market with a large population and strong consumption. In trade cooperation with Mexico, in 2021, Vietnam has a trade surplus of over 4 billion USD, up 46.1% compared to 2020. One of the potential commodity is plastics bag. It also main goods that SM handle for Vietnam – Mexico route.

So, How to export plastics bag from Vietnam to Mexico?

  1. Exporting plastics bag from Vietnam
  2. Main type of good

Currently, the demand for plastic bags in the world is very large. Although not environmentally friendly, no one can deny the convenience of plastic bags for our life. In Vietnam, companies manufacturing and exporting plastic bags also develop and create a variety of product designs, suitable for each need and purpose. Some exported products in the group of plastic bags are:

  • PE foam bags
  • HDPE plastic bags
  • LDPE plastic bags
  • PP plastic bags
  • BP Garbage
  • Nylon bags


  1. Main supplier

In order to meet the demand for plastic bags in Việt Nam as well as for export to foreign countries, Vietnam’s plastic bag manufacturing companies are very developed, producing a variety of plastic bags to meet the need of the market. Some brands include: Tan Tai Plastic, An Phat Bioplastics, Tin Thanh packing, Thuan Duc,…

  1. Documentation and HS code

Plastics bag is not banned for exporting. To export this kind of commodity, we need to prepare below documentation:

  • Purchase Order or Contract
  • Invoice
  • Packing List
  • Airway Bill/ Bill of lading
  • Certificate of Origin ( if any)
  • Export license ( if any)
  • Other documentation as require from import side

For HS code, pleased refer some code as below:






PE foam bags



HDPE plastic bags



LDPE plastic bags



PP plastic bags



Nylon bags



The detailed determination of the HS code of an item must be based on the nature, composition, etc. The HS we advise above is for reference only.

  1. Delivery cargo from Vietnam to Mexico
    1. Method to delivery cargo from Vietnam to Mexico

To export cargo from Vietnam to Mexico, we can use sea and air service

  1. By air

According to air freight, this is the fastest option. It will be the best option for urgent cargo, cargo with small volume of require special condition for delivery.

From Vietnam, there are some airports as below:

– Noi Bai airport – IATA: HAN, ICAO: VVNB: to the North of Vietnam

– Tan Son Nhat Airport: IATA: SGN, ICAO: VVTS: to the South of Vietnam

–  Da Nang airport: IATA: DAD, ICAO: VVDN in central Vietnam

There are some mains of airport in Mexico:

  • Acapulco (mã IATA: ACA)
  • Jesús Terán Peredo (AGU)
  • Cabo San Lucas (CSL)
  • Playa de Oro (ZLO)

From Vietnam to Mexico, SM has good relationship with airlines that provide service for this route such as: British Airways (BA), Qatar Airways (QR), All Nippon Airway (ANA), Korean Air (KE), United Airlines (UAL),…

  1. By sea

This may be better option because of better rate and suitable for more types of commodity. Shipping by sea line can use container 20 and 40, but if your cargo is smaller, LCL service is more economical method.

There are some top big ports in Haiphong as below:

  • Port Name: Ho Chi Minh City – Port code: VNSGN
  • Port Name: Haiphong- Port code: VNHPH
  • Port Name: Danang- Port code: VNDAD
  • Port Name: Quinhon- Port code: VNUIH

From Vietnam, SM Global provide service to all ports in Mexico such as: Manzanillo, Lazaro Cardenas, Veracruz, Ensenada,…

There are some shipping lines has service from Vietnam to Mexico: Hapag Lloyd, Evergreen Line, PIL, Yang Ming, ZIM, COSCO, MSC, ONE, Maersk, … SM Global has contract with all lines so we can provide the best rate and service.


  1. Transit time for shipping Cargos from Vietnam to Mexico?

For air service, the transit time is very short, about 4-10 days depending on the schedule of each airline and peak season. From Vietnam to Mexico, most of the flight schedules will transit through 1 or 2 transit airports, so transit time will also fluctuate.


For FCL service, transit time is much longer, about 35-45 days depending on routes and shipping lines:

  • Transit time from Ho Chi Minh – Manzanillo: 35 days
  • Transit time from Hai Phong – Manzanillo: 30 days
  • Transit time from Ho Chi Minh – Lazaro cardenas: 35 days
  • Transit time from Hai Phong – Lazaro cardenas : 40 days

For LCL service, we have to bring the cargo to the CFS warehouse first, then they will gather the cargoes, load to the container and drop it to CY yard. Similarly, when the container arrived at the destination port, the container also needs to wait to be move into the CFS warehouse, then un-stuff it. Consignee is only able to deliver their cargo until all procedure complete and cargo ready at warehouse. Secondly, if use FCL service, the container will only discharge at the transit port and wait for the earliest next schedule. However, for LCL service, your cargo normally be unloaded from the container, and stuff into a new container and waiting for a new vessel schedule. This may cause the increasing waiting time at the transit port because there are more stages and the risk of not finding the sooner schedule, especially in the peak season. As our experience, the gap of transit time is around 7-14 days – base on each route.

In peak season, transit time is able to last longer due to tight space and congestion at all ports for both FCL and LCL service.

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