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DHL Express Import Guidelines:

Shipping guidelines, standard prohibitions and restrictions to consider when sending express shipments.

Prohibited Commodities

Shipping Commodities – What You Need to Know

Certain commodities are considered as “Non-Document” and need to be accompanied by an invoice and, in some cases, additional customs documentation. Other commodities are considered simply as a “Document” and only require a DHL Waybill to be completed. The following list explains what you need to do in order to ship various commodities.

Document Commodities (Require only DHL Waybill)

Airline tickets, issued/validated
Annual reports
Blueprints
Booklets, brochures (non-adv.)
Business cards
Calendars
Catalogues
Charts/graphs
Cheques, cancelled (NI)
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Computer printouts
Credit cards (NI)
Deeds
Diaries
Diplomatic mail
Documents, general business
Invoices, not blank
Magazines, periodicals, journals
Manuals, technical
Manuscripts
Maps
Money orders (NI)
Music, printed or manuscript
Newspapers
Pamphlets
Passports
Photographs
Photos as part of business reports
Plans/drawings-arch/indust/eng. pur
Price lists
Publication not for public resale
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Transparencies
Advertising brochures/pamphlets
Airline tickets, blank stock (NI)
Airline tickets, issued/validated
Annual reports
Artwork inc.drawings/proofs/layouts
Blueprints
Booklets, brochures (non-adv.)
Business cards
Calendars
Cash letters (NI)
Catalogues
Charts/graphs
Cheques, cancelled (NI)
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Computer printouts
Deeds
Diaries
Diplomatic mail
Documents, general business
Invoices, not blank
Magazines, periodicals, journals
Manuals, technical
Manuscripts
Maps
Money orders (NI)
Newspapers
Pamphlets
Passports
Photographs
Photos as part of business reports
Plans/drawings-arch/indust/eng. pur
Publication not for public resale
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Transparencies
Visa applications
Airline tickets, issued/validated
Annual reports
Blueprints
Booklets, brochures (non-adv.)
Business cards
Calendars
Cash letters (NI)
Catalogues
Charts/graphs
Cheques, cancelled (NI)
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Computer printouts
Credit cards (NI)
Deeds
Diaries
Diplomatic mail
Documents, general business
Invoices, not blank
Magazines, periodicals, journals
Manuals, technical
Manuscripts
Maps
Money orders (NI)
Music, printed or manuscript
Newspapers
Pamphlets
Passports
Photographs
Photos as part of business reports
Plans/drawings-arch/indust/eng. pur
Price lists
Publication not for public resale
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Transparencies
Visa applications
Advertising brochures/pamphlets
Airline tickets, blank stock (NI)
Airline tickets, issued/validated
Annual reports
Calendars
Cash letters (NI)
Catalogues
Charts/graphs
Cheques, cancelled (NI)
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Computer printouts
Credit cards (NI)
Deeds
Diplomatic mail
Documents, general business
Invoices, not blank
Manuals, technical
Money orders (NI)
Music, printed or manuscript
Newspapers
Pamphlets
Passports
Personal mail
Price lists
Publication not for public resale
Publications for public resale
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Transparencies
Visa applications
Airline tickets, issued/validated
Booklets, brochures (non-adv.)
Books: hardbk/paperbk non-comm. use
Cash letters (NI)
Cheques, cancelled (NI)
Computer printouts
Deeds
Diplomatic mail
Documents, general business
Grain samples
Invoices, not blank
Manuscripts
Money orders (NI)
Passports
Personal mail
Publication not for public resale
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Transparencies
Visa applications
Airline tickets, blank stock (NI)
Airline tickets, issued/validated
Annual reports
Blueprints
Books: hardbk/paperbk non-comm. use
Business cards
Calendars
Cash letters (NI)
Catalogues
Charts/graphs
Cheques, cancelled (NI)
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Computer printouts
Computer software
Credit cards (NI)
Diaries
Diplomatic mail
Diskettes
Documents, general business
Invoices, not blank
Magazines, periodicals, journals
Manuals, technical
Manuscripts
Maps
Money orders (NI)
Music, printed or manuscript
Negatives, including x-rays, films
Newspapers
Pamphlets
Passports
Photographs
Photos as part of business reports
Plans/drawings-arch/indust/eng. pur
Price lists
Price tickets for garments
Publication not for public resale
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Slides
Transparencies
Visa applications
Airline tickets, issued/validated
Annual reports
Business cards
Cash letters (NI)
Cheques, cancelled (NI)
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Computer printouts
Credit cards (NI)
Deeds
Diaries
Diplomatic mail
Documents, general business
Invoices, not blank
Money orders (NI)
Music, printed or manuscript
Passports
Publication not for public resale
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Visa applications
Airline tickets, issued/validated
Annual reports
Artwork inc.drawings/proofs/layouts
Blueprints
Booklets, brochures (non-adv.)
Books: hardbk/paperbk non-comm. use
Business cards
Calendars
Cash letters (NI)
Catalogues
Charts/graphs
Cheques, cancelled (NI)
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Computer printouts
Credit cards (NI)
Deeds
Diplomatic mail
Documents, general business
Invoices, not blank
Magazines, periodicals, journals
Manuals, technical
Manuscripts
Maps
Money orders (NI)
Music, printed or manuscript
Newspapers
Pamphlets
Passports
Photographs
Photos as part of business reports
Plans/drawings-arch/indust/eng. pur
Postal envelopes
Price lists
Publication not for public resale
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Transparencies
Visa applications
Advertising brochures/pamphlets
Airline tickets, blank stock (NI)
Airline tickets, issued/validated
Annual reports
Blueprints
Booklets, brochures (non-adv.)
Books: hardbk/paperbk non-comm. use
Business cards
Calendars
Catalogues
Charts/graphs
Cheques, cancelled (NI)
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Computer printouts
Credit cards (NI)
Deeds
Diplomatic mail
Documents, general business
Invoices, not blank
Magazines, periodicals, journals
Manuals, technical
Manuscripts
Money orders (NI)
Newspapers
Pamphlets
Passports
Photographs
Photos as part of business reports
Price lists
Publication not for public resale
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Transparencies
Visa applications
Airline tickets, issued/validated
Annual reports
Blueprints
Booklets, brochures (non-adv.)
Cash letters (NI)
Catalogues
Charts/graphs
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Computer printouts
Credit cards (NI)
Deeds
Diaries
Diplomatic mail
Documents, general business
Invoices, not blank
Magazines, periodicals, journals
Manuals, technical
Manuscripts
Maps
Money orders (NI)
Music, printed or manuscript
Newspapers
Pamphlets
Passports
Photographs
Photos as part of business reports
Plans/drawings-arch/indust/eng. pur
Price lists
Publication not for public resale
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Transparencies
Visa applications
Airline tickets, issued/validated
Annual reports
Blueprints
Booklets, brochures (non-adv.)
Business cards
Calendars
Cash letters (NI)
Catalogues
Charts/graphs
Cheques, cancelled (NI)
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Computer printouts
Credit cards (NI)
Deeds
Diaries
Diplomatic mail
Documents, general business
Invoices, not blank
Magazines, periodicals, journals
Manuals, technical
Manuscripts
Maps
Money orders (NI)
Music, printed or manuscript
Newspapers
Pamphlets
Passports
Photographs
Photos as part of business reports
Plans/drawings-arch/indust/eng. pur
Price lists
Publication not for public resale
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Transparencies
Visa applications
Airline tickets, issued/validated
Annual reports
Booklets, brochures (non-adv.)
Business cards
Calendars
Cash letters (NI)
Charts/graphs
Cheques, cancelled (NI)
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Computer printouts
Credit cards (NI)
Diaries
Diplomatic mail
Documents, general business
Invoices, not blank
Magazines, periodicals, journals
Manuals, technical
Manuscripts
Maps
Money orders (NI)
Music, printed or manuscript
Newspapers
Pamphlets
Passports
Photographs
Photos as part of business reports
Plans/drawings-arch/indust/eng. pur
Price lists
Publication not for public resale
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Transparencies
Visa applications
Advertising brochures/pamphlets
Airline tickets, blank stock (NI)
Airline tickets, issued/validated
Annual reports
Blank forms
Blueprints
Booklets, brochures (non-adv.)
Books: hardbk/paperbk non-comm. use
Business cards
Calendars
Cash letters (NI)
Catalogues
Charts/graphs
Cheques, cancelled (NI)
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Computer printouts
Computer software
Credit card blanks (NI)
Credit cards (NI)
Diaries
Diskettes
Documents, general business
Fabrics & fabric samples
Films: 8mm, 16mm & 35mm
Films: promotional, training
Invoices, not blank
Labels
Magazines, periodicals, journals
Manuals, technical
Manuscripts
Maps
Microfiche & microfilm
Money orders (NI)
Music, printed or manuscript
Negatives, including x-rays, films
Newspapers
Pamphlets
Parts, machine & electronic
Passports
Photographs
Photos as part of business reports
Plans/drawings-arch/indust/eng. pur
Price lists
Price tickets for garments
Publication not for public resale
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Slides
Transparencies
Visa applications
Airline tickets, blank stock (NI)
Airline tickets, issued/validated
Annual reports
Artwork inc.drawings/proofs/layouts
Blank forms
Blueprints
Booklets, brochures (non-adv.)
Books: hardbk/paperbk non-comm. use
Business cards
Calendars
Cash letters (NI)
Catalogues
Charts/graphs
Cheques, cancelled (NI)
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Computer printouts
Credit cards (NI)
Deeds
Diaries
Documents, general business
Invoices, not blank
Labels
Magazines, periodicals, journals
Manuals, technical
Manuscripts
Maps
Money orders (NI)
Music, printed or manuscript
Newspapers
Pamphlets
Passports
Personal mail
Photographs
Photos as part of business reports
Plans/drawings-arch/indust/eng. pur
Price lists
Publication not for public resale
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Transparencies
Visa applications
Airline tickets, issued/validated
Annual reports
Blueprints
Booklets, brochures (non-adv.)
Business cards
Calendars
Cash letters (NI)
Charts/graphs
Cheques, cancelled (NI)
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Computer printouts
Deeds
Diplomatic mail
Documents, general business
Invoices, not blank
Magazines, periodicals, journals
Manuals, technical
Manuscripts
Money orders (NI)
Music, printed or manuscript
Newspapers
Pamphlets
Passports
Photographs
Photos as part of business reports
Plans/drawings-arch/indust/eng. pur
Price lists
Publication not for public resale
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Transparencies
Visa applications

Commodities where you should contact your local Customer Service advisor to clarify shipping requirements

Alcoholic beverages
Personal effects
None
None
Animal skins
Blank forms
Chemicals, non-hazardous
Drugs: non-prescription
Drugs: prescription
Foodstuffs
Isopropanol
Perishables
Ship spares
Subs. cont'g sodium/calc. cyclamate
Telecommunications equipment
Chemicals, non-hazardous
Drugs: non-prescription
Drugs: prescription
Foodstuffs
Isopropanol
Perishables
Phones/modems
Radar equip.-transmitters/receivers
Ship spares
Subs. cont'g sodium/calc. cyclamate
Telecommunications equipment
None
None
None
None
None
None
None
None
None
None
All other commodities are Non-Document in nature and should be accompanied by a DHL Waybill and an Invoice.