Air freight is a popular and widely used method for import and export goods. According to data, Air freight accounts for a small proportion of the total weight of international freight (less than 0.5%), while it accounts for about 30% in terms of value Vietnam also has many policies to develop air freight services to meet the import and export needs of domestic enterprises.

  1. Main airport in Vietnam:

Vietnam has many large international airports for delivery cargo. However, there are 3 main airports that are often selected as follows:

  • 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


  1. Type of good that usually use air service

Air service will be suitable with some type of goods as below:

  • Urgent for project

Air service is the fastest mode of all shipping methods. Transit time is only a few hours (with short routes like Vietnam to Korea, Japan, China, …) to a few days (Vietnam to EU, US ,…) so this is the most suitable method for those urgent shipment, need delivery on time to catch produce plan, project cargo,…

  • Small quantity, sample

The cost of air service will be calculated by kg, and airline accepts shipment from a few kilograms to several tons, so for small volume shipments, samples goods will often use air as the main shipping method

  • Fragile goods, high requirements on delivery

Air mode is a low-risk method with short transit time, so it is suitable for fragile goods, goods that need special requirements during delivery. Some types of goods such as: functional foods, medicine, fruit or frozen food, … are usually shipped by air.

  • High value good

Because air mode is less risky than other methods, and the insurance fee if applied for air shipments will be lower, so high value cargo is usually use air service

  1. Cost of delivery cargo by air.

The cost of air service can be considered the most expensive of all methods, because air freight will be calculated based on kg. In addition, the type of package will also have different prices. Carton shipments will have a better price than pallet shipment. In addition, the goods that is stackble will have a different price than un-stackble cargo.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has regulations on the rules, methods of calculating and issuing charges in the TACT (The Air Cargo Tariff) air freight schedule. According that, Fees will be charged whichever is higher of:

+ Actual weight of the goods (Actual Weight)

+ Volumetric weight, also known as Dimensional Weight, is the type converted from the volume of a shipment according to a formula prescribed by the International Air Transport Association – IATA.

Volumetric weight= (LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT)/ 6000


  1. Line that provide air service
  • For Vietnam – Asia route:

Currently, SM Global is regularly transporting goods by air to Asian countries such as: Japan (Tokyo, Osaka), Korea (Incheon, Pusan), China (Shanghai, Beijing), Singapore, Hong Kong (Hong Kong), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Indonesia (Jakarta), Philippines (Manila), Thailand (Bangkok), Taiwan (Taipei)… the airlines with which SM Global has good relations include: OZ( Asiana Airlines), KE(Korean Air) , VJ( Viet Jet), JL( Japan Airlines), NH ( All Nippon Airways), SQ (Singapore Airlines),… these are all airlines with strengths, large flight frequency as well as stable travel schedule, ensuring the best service for customers. With Asian routes, the main products SM Global handled include: food, seafood, medical equipment products, pharmaceutical products, cosmetics, garments, shoes, leather…

  • For Vietnam – EU route

The main European routes that SM Global handles include:

  • Vietnam – Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, …)
  • Vietnam – UK (Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, …)
  • Vietnam – Germany (Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin, …)

We cooperate with major airlines such as: TK (Turkish Airlines), QR (Qatar Airways), SQ (Singapore Airlines), EK (Emirates), EY (Etihad Airways) , VN ( Vietnam Airline) with large space, many schedule per week and options to meet customer request.

Main commodities such as: cosmetics, functional foods, toys, bricks, food, medicine, souvenirs, bamboo and rattan, …

  • For Vietnam – US routes

Air freight to the US is still our strength. We specialize in transporting goods to the following routes:

  • Ho Chi Minh – Chicago
  • Ho Chi Minh – Los Angeles
  • Hai Phong – Miami
  • Ho Chi Minh – Washington
  • Ho Chi Minh – Houston
  • Ho Chi Minh – Dallas

We can handle from regular goods (cartons of garments, footwear, … to large-size palletized goods (furniture, ceramics, …) and refrigerated cargo (seafood, fruit, vegetable, …)

Airlines specializing in Vietnam – US routes include: KE (Korean Air), JL (Japan Airlines), NH (All Nippon Airways), CI (China Airlines)

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