Exporting tuna from Vietnam to EU

Exporting tuna from Vietnam to EU

Vietnam’s tuna exports are prospering according to the summary of the first 3 quarters of 2022. Export rate increased by 47% over the same period last year.

Due to the peak shopping season at the end of the year is approaching and the supply of tuna in many countries of EU expected decrease and freight rates tend to increase. Taking advantage of tariffs in the EVFTA agreement, Vietnam becomes a potential choice for countries interested in tuna products.

Vietnam’s tuna exports to the EU in the last months of the year will more and more increase compared to the same period in 2021 due to competitive prices and advantages in terms of tariffs under the EVFTA agreement.

So, How to export tuna from Vietnam to EU?

Exporting tuna from Vietnam

  1. Big exporter tuna in Vietnam

According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), Vietnamese tuna is now available in 140 countries around the world.

With the positive results in the past 9 months, Vietnam’s tuna exports will soon reach a peak of 1 billion USD.

Top 10 largest Vietnam tuna exporter, Jan- Sep 2022


Proportion (%)

Dragon Waves








Highland Dragon


Yueh Chyang Co


Tuna Vietnam


Mariso Vietnam


An Hai Fishery Co., Ltd


Pattaya Vietnam


  1. Nutritional value of tuna

Tuna is generally a food material with high nutritional value. The chemical composition of some small tuna species was shown in Table


Main chemical composition of some small tuna species


Small tuna

Protein (%)

Lipid (%)

Water (%)

Ash (%)

Eastern little tuna





Frigate tuna





Skipjack tuna






As can be seen, in tuna, protein accounts for over 20% – much higher than the protein content in pork or chicken meat. In addition, mineral content is quite high, from 0.9-1.4%, while fat only accounts for about 0.4-1.0%.

  1. Documentation and HS code for tuna

HS Code 16041441 – Prepared, preserved, tunas

Documentation for exporting shrimp includes:

  • bill of lading
  • invoice
  • packing list
  • certificate of quantity / quality
  • phytosanitary
  • fumigation
  • contract


Delivery tuna cargo from Vietnam to EU

By air

This is the fastest option, with transit times as short as 4-7 days. It will be the best option for urgent cargo, cargo with small volume of requires special condition for delivery. However, the cost is much expensive than sea service and airline require restrict about dimension of package of the cargo.

SM Global provides air service from Vietnam to EU for all routes such as below:

  • HAN/ SGN – MUC (Noibai / Tan Son Nhat – Munich)
  • HAN/ SGN – LHR (Noibai / Tan Son Nhat – London Heathrow)
  • HAN/ SGN – FRA (Noibai / Tan Son Nhat – Frankfurt)
  • HAN/ SGN – AMS (Noibai / Tan Son Nhat – Amsterdam Schiphol)
  • HAN/ SGN – VIE (Noibai / Tan Son Nhat – Vienna International Airport)
  • HAN/ SGN – HAM (Noibai / Tan Son Nhat – Hamburg)


By sea

Regarding to Sea freight, transit times for ocean freight will depend on your destination. In general, you can expect durations of anywhere between 25- 40 days.

Main sea ports in Vietnam

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

Main sea ports in EU

  • Port Name: Rotterdam- Port code: NLRTM
  • Port Name: Antwerp (Belgium)- Port code: BEANR
  • Port Name: Hamburg- Port code: DEHAM
  • Port Name: BREMERHAVEN- Port code: DEBRV
  • Port Name: Valencia- Port code: ESVLC
  • Port Name: Felixstowe- Port code: GBFXT
  • Port Name: Barcelona- Port code: ESBCN
  • Port Name: Le Havre- Port code: FRLEH



Why choose SM Vietnam Global Logistics for delivery cargo

SM Global Logistics has many years experience for exporting shipment

SM Global Logistics is known as one of the leading freight forwarding companies in Vietnam, providing ocean freight, air freight for export- import cargo service, customs clearance and local trucking. We can handle all term, include DDP until final destination. Until now, we have 4 branches in Vietnam and the network of agents all over the world to ensure handling shipment for many routes and types of commodity.

SM Global Logistics has good relationship with vendor and lines

SMG get our own trucking team with a big volume of truck and we are able to arrange special vehicle for all kinds of cargo. Besides, we have contract with many line: ONE, Wanhai, EMC, Yangming, Cosco…so SM Global confidents with the competitive rate, even if arrange a huge of space.

SM Global Logistics always brings the best customer service, ready for 24/7

We are always ready to answer, solve problems that related to shipment in order to provide the best service. With the spirit of international working, we not only work according to the Vietnamese time zone, but also have someone on duty to ensure that we do not miss any of our customers’ needs. We believe, good service will be what keeps customers more than anything.

SM Global’s strength is exporting cargo from Vietnam to EU

We had experience in handling EU shipments, and EU shipment accounting for around 38% total volume cargo (data 2021), with a big volume, we got competitive ocean freight and other service also.

  • The main commodity: garment, seafood, furniture, agricultural goods, iron and steel…
  • Volume per month: From 50- 70 containers (20 DC & 40HC)

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