There are many reasons to look towards manufacturing your products in Vietnam. We have been creating, developing and manufacturing home décor products in Vietnam for over 10 years, so we know quite a bit about the product sourcing and manufacturing climate here.
With the tariffs that countries like the United States have placed on China, Vietnam is one country that has become a clear winner in the trade war. One reason is that Vietnam has a relatively large, young, educated and skilled population. The Vietnamese Government is also business-friendly and the country continues to develop many excellent shipping ports.
Here are some of the reasons we feel like manufacturing in Vietnam is a great choice.
No doubt one of the biggest reasons for the US and other buyers to consider Vietnam as a manufacturing base is the tariffs that the US has placed on China. Vietnam presently does not have any tariffs put on it by the United States, but of course, this can always change.
Due to U.S. tarrfis that have been placed on many industries including the home decor and home furnishing industry, Vietnam has been one of the major winners in the international sourcing supply chain trade war.
Vietnam’s population is over 97 million. This is larger than the neighboring countries of Thailand, Cambodia or Laos. This larger population will help them be able to sustain development for a more extended period of time.
Here is some information on Vietnam:
- At over 97 million people, Vietnam is the 15th most populated country in the world.
- Vietnam had a landmass size of just over 331,000 square kilometers (or about 128,500 square miles).
- There is an average of 314 people per square kilometer in Vietnam.
- It is the world’s 65th country for overall landmass size.
- Vietnam is the 46th most densely populated country on earth.
Vietnam has a relatively young, educated workforce. The median age in Vietnam is 32.5 years old. Compare this to China which is 38.4 years old, or Japan where the median age is 48.4 years old.
Vietnam has had a very successful literacy and education program. Presently in Vietnam, over 99% of the population between the ages of 15 to 35 are considered literate. This is comparable to the United States which also has a literacy rate of 99%.
This does not mean that everyone in Vietnam has been to high school or even college. but it does mean that almost the entire population can read and write Vietnamese.
In my industry of manufacturing furniture and home décor products, Vietnam offers a lot of unique skill sets that are not offered anyplace else such as some of their lacquer, ceramics and other kinds of other products. This means that this gives them the ability to be able to generate some unique designs and products in many industries.
Ease of Shipping
It is relatively easy to ship products out of Vietnam. Vietnam has a long coastline and has quite a few major shipment ports.
Here are some things about exporting products from Vietnam:
- All Major Forwarders and Shipping Companies are operating in Vietnam.
- Vietnam has 44 seaports with the major shipping ports in Hai Phong (Hanoi), Danang, Quy Nhon, and Ho Chi Minh. There are shipping ports in the north, south and central Vietnam.
Internet Access and Use
Most Vietnamese know how to use the internet. The internet is widely used and available in Vietnam.
Here are some statistics on internet access and use:
- There are over 68 million internet users in Vietnam. This continues to increase each year. 70% of the Vietnamese population is now using the internet.
- 65 million people in Vietnam are on some form of social media. This number continues to increase each year with presently about 67% of the population on a social media platform.
- The mobile connection rate is 150% of the population. This means that many Vietnamese have two or three mobile connections such as a computer, phone or iPad.
When you come to Vietnam you may be surprised that you are in a socialist country. The reason is that for a country that was not open to the western world for many years, Vietnam feels relatively free. This freedom is felt especially if you are coming from having worked in China for many years.
Here are some of things you will notice:
- International and local press is available – You can get international news programs like CNN and other International programs right into your home. Do not be surprised if you go to a local Vietnamese beauty shop and you find they have CNN running in the background.
- Facebook, Instagram is used widely – Vietnamese love Facebook, Instagram, and other western social media. They are using programs as What’s Ap. Unlike China that has long blocked the western social media accounts, the Vietnamese are widely engaged in these kinds of international social media platforms.
- All Google Products – I use Google Drive a lot and sometimes when traveling to China I can find it hard to get on Gmail or even Google Drive. In Vietnam, Google products are widely used.
- Religious Freedoms – In the last few years Vietnam has embraced religion, including religious freedom. They have allowed many international and other churches to come to Vietnam. On a Sunday morning, you may walk past a Catholic church and find the church packed with people worshipping. This is of course very different from China.
With the US-China Trade war and the uncertainty that is surrounding the trade war, many are now looking to find product sources in Vietnam. We have been exporting from Vietnam for over 10 years, and so we understand the pros and cons of sourcing products from Vietnam. Through all our years of experience in Vietnam, we continue to feel that Vietnam is a very viable and excellent place to source and produce an array of products.
What Are Some Tips To Manufacture Products Out of Vietnam?
Vietnam is a great place to manufacture many products, but there may be many reasons why Vietnam is not able to produce all your home decor manufacturing needs. There can be challenges in finding both a qualified factory and a good agent. You also need to understand the types and kinds of products that Vietnam is good at, and not give them the wrong kind of products to manufacture. A potential customer may need to work hard to get a factory’s attention as there are so many people looking to move their manufacturing to Vietnam.
You can find out some more tips about exporting especially home decor products out of Vietnam by our blog 10 Tips to Manufacturing Home Décor Products in Vietnam by clicking here.
What Are Some Great Vietnamese Home Decor Finishes?
Vietnam offers many techniques, materials, and finishes that we love. Some of our favorites include Vietnamese lacquer, mother of pearl, eggshell and faux paper finishes. We also do some unique woven rattan and linen techniques. Both spun bamboo, water hyacinth, and seagrass are some great natural looks. Vietnam also offers some amazing ceramic finishes and techniques. And they have thriving outdoor furniture and accessories products in some interesting finishes and techniques.
You can find out more about different finishes that Vietnam offers for your home decor and home furniture product sourcing needs by reading our blog 10 Great Vietnamese Home Décor Product Finishes and Techniques We Love by clicking here.