Visa requirements for Vietnam

Hi all, I would just like to take a few minutes to share some of the experiences we have come across in obtaining a visa to attend this years ASA Conference.

Firstly its very important you double check with your local Vietnam Embassy to see what are the regulations from your country as they vary a lot from country to country.

For example we have been advised from the following European countries – Until 30 June 2021, visa is not required for British, French, German, Italian and Spanish citizens with passport having at least six-month validity travelling to Viet Nam for up to 15 days for all purposes. The 15-day visa exemption is for single entry only and includes the date of entry and the date of exit. (Please note that some airlines may require proof of duration of stay at check-in).

Yet for other European countries the requirements are different, some will allow to purchase a visa on arrival as long as you show a letter of invitation to attend the ASA Confernce, other European countries are required to apply for a visa before arriving in Vietnam.

Therefore it’s very important you check with you local Vietnam Embassy first, from many countries a visa will be required before arrival.  We have been told the average time to get a visa is 3-4 weeks unless you use an express service (not available from all countries).  You will need a letter of invitation for your visa application please request these from Roy Loken and Sotrans our hosts for this years meeting.

Finally for those of you who have not yet made your booking to attend please do so now, as we have a commitment with the hotel to hold our block bookings at special rate for only until August and now it’s already July.

See you there its going to be a great meeting with special half day tour included



UJ Express gains AEO Certification

We are pleased to announce another ASA Member has now achieved AEO Qualification its UJ Express Taiwan and China

UJ Express started the process of obtaining AEO qualification in Dec. 2016 and accomplished this goal of being AEO Certified on 26th April this year.

UJ Express was incorporated in Taipei in April 2010. Specializing in the global logistic transportation field for over 20 years and offering renowned services, they have maintained a leading position in the Freight Forwarding industry and won clients’ positive approbation. With its own offices covering Taiwan, and North & South China areas it’s well prepared to adapt quickly and grow with existing and new potential customers.

They promise to ensure you of surprisingly good service!

Congratulation UJ Express

ASA Website Bulletin Board


Calling all members we want to draw your attention to a great free advertising service you can use on the ASA website. I’m referring to the revolving bulletin board that shows various news articles, and at the moment we don’t have enough from ASA members so we have been padding this out with other news items, but would much prefer to have news features about ASA Members.

The only way we can achieve this is if you send us your news items, we can feature your company logo with the story and if you can provide photos even better.

These news items can be about various aspects maybe moving into a new office/warehouse, or new senior member of staff joining, an industry award your company has received, or a special project you are handling, or anything else you think would be interesting for our members to know.

Please please make use of this Bulletin board it’s for your benefit, send your articles to Roy Loken.

Many thanks & regards

P.S. Have you made your booking for Ho Chi Minh yet if not please do so now.


New ASA Shenzhen member

We are very pleased to introduce you to Penavico Shenzhen Logistics Ltd. established in 1993, is the subsidiary of China Ocean Shipping Agency Shenzhen who is a state owned company under China Merchants Logistics Group.

Penavico was the earliest A- class forwarder qualified by the Ministry of Foreign Trade & Economic Cooperation and Civil Aviation Administry of China. They also are qualified as an NVOCC operator (serial No. 0343)

Over two-plus decades development work they have become one of the leading logistics companies in South China, focusing on International freight forwarding, their business also covers Shipping Agency, warehousing,Customs Broker, Project Cargo, e-Commerce logistics, Logistics planning, sea freight, Airfreight, rail-sea, and multiple transportation.

With an abundant freight forwarding experience, they provide professional, efficient and flexible services enjoying a Good reputation and reliable process as a standard for all clients. So why not try them on your next shipment from Shenzhen

May Liao, will be attending the ASA Conference and meeting so you can meet her or one of her team in October



Maple Consolidations Ltd. – Bangladesh


 We welcome Maple Consolidations Ltd to the ASA family.

Maple Consolidations is a full service dedicated Freight Forwarding company, founded in 2004 it’s quickly established its self as a reliable and professional Logistics provider. Its owners have long term experienced in the freight industry in management positions with multi-international Freight and supply chain logistic companies.

Maple’s target is to always achieve customer satisfaction as well as providing a friendly staff and a good working environment. This has enabled them to now provide a 24 x 7 day service for its clients with passion and responsibility that its become the ethos of the company. Prompt communications, same day replies on all e-mails, and expeditious service.

The range of services include:- Airfreight – Sea freight – Customs brokerage – Express parcels – Warehousing – Domestic trucking – Project logistics – Event logistics – Transshipment’s with boarder countries – DDU & DDP.

Bangladesh has a growing economy ad now diversifying from just the textile industry, so why not give Maple a try on your next shipment.




15th Annual Conference 21-24th October 2018


                                REGISTRATION NOW OPEN !



We are really very excited at returning to Vietnam for this years meeting and together with our hosts Sotrans will make this one of the most memorable and biggest meetings. The dates are the 21-24th October 2018 so book these dates in your diary and make your booking via the ASA website

Oh don’t forget to check if you need a visa, if required contact Roy Loken.


What’s on the Agenda !

We will have a full agenda, new presentations, new members attending, as well as the important business face to face meetings with a pre booking scheduler. Full packed social events in the evenings. The hotel is the 5 star Continental Hotel in the city centre.

Don’t delay any longer book your place now