DHL Express Prohibited Items

Before you ship with DHL Express, it's important to check whether your items are prohibited or restricted.
The following commodities are not accepted by DHL Express under any circumstances.
  • Live animals (including but not limited to mammals, reptiles, fish, invertebrates, amphibians, insects or birds)
  • Hunting (animal) trophies, animal parts such as ivory and sharks fin, animal remains, or animal-by-products or derived products not intended for human consumption, prohibited for movement by the CITES Convention or local law
  • Human remains or ashes in any form
  • Bullion (of any precious metal)
  • Cash (current legal tender as bank notes, currency notes, coins)
  • Loose precious and semi-precious stones (cut or uncut, polished or unpolished)
  • Complete firearms, ammunition, explosives, explosive devices, including inert explosives or test pieces, air guns, replica or imitation firearms or ammunition
  • Illegal goods, such as illicit drugs, included but not limited to narcotics stimulants, depressants or hallucinogens. Cannabis or its derivatives
Property, the carriage of which is prohibited by any law, regulation or statute of any federal, state or local government of any country to or through which the shipment may be carried.
If you are in any doubt as to the acceptability of your goods, please contact your DHL representative prior to shipping.
DHL's security policy states that it is not allowed to transport counterfeit goods via the DHL network. DHL does not want to be associated with counterfeit goods and upon suspicion of such goods being imported, Customs will be informed.
If you are offered very low prices for branded goods that are sold on shopping websites or via other channels, you can normally assume that the goods are counterfeit.
High quality branded goods that are often copied are:
  • Shoes
  • Clothing
  • Bags
  • Expensive Watches
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Perfumes
  • Electronics
It is prohibited in many countries to introduce counterfeit goods and where proven the Customs authority will seize the goods and penalize the buyer.
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