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Emergency Situation Surcharge Adjustment – Effective April 1, 2021
Emergency Situation Surcharge Adjustment – Effective April 1, 2021

Since the onset of this global pandemic, DHL teams have been working around the clock, continually adapting and adjusting the operations of our global network to align with new developments, regulatory requirements and constant changes in capacity and demand. That includes further significant reductions in – or the complete cancelation of – commercial flights in most countries, which has a dramatic impact on air uplift capacity.

As we work to serve the urgent needs of our customers, these factors, among others, have increased our costs beyond sustainable levels, which necessitated an adjustment to the surcharge. The Emergency Situation Surcharge will be adjusted March 1, 2021.


Below, you will find the details for the adjusted surcharge per origin and destination combination (charge in USD per KG):

DHL Express Emergency Situation Surcharge as of July 1st, 2020
  Destination Country/Region
Origin Hong Kong*
& China
Australia &
New Zealand***
Rest of Asia** Europe Americas Rest of World
China 1.00 USD 1.90 USD 1.00 USD 1.00 USD 1.00 USD 1.00 USD
Hong Kong* 1.00 USD 1.90 USD 1.00 USD 1.00 USD 1.00 USD 1.00 USD
Rest of Asia** 1.00 USD 1.90 USD 1.00 USD 0.20 USD 0.20 USD 0.20 USD
Europe 0.20 USD 0.20 USD 0.20 USD 0.20 USD 0.20 USD 0.20 USD
Americas 0.20 USD 0.20 USD 0.20 USD 0.20 USD 0.20 USD 0.20 USD
Rest of World 0.20 USD 0.20 USD 0.20 USD 0.20 USD 0.20 USD 0.20 USD

*Hong Kong = Hong Kong + Macau

** Rest of Asia (Asia excluding China and Hong Kong) = Bangladesh, Brunei, Bhutan, Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, India, Japan, Cambodia, Kiribati, South Korea, Laos, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Maldives, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Caledonia, Nepal, Nauru, Niue, North Korea, Tahiti, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Pakistan, Solomon Islands, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Taiwan, Vietnam, Vanuatu, Samoa. Australia, and New Zealand as origin only.

**All shipments from Australia/New Zealand/Papua New Guinea to Australia/New Zealand/Papua New Guinea will be charged USD 0.20/kg regardless of billing location.

Why are we adjusting the Emergency Situation Surcharge?

The adjustment reflects the changing dynamics in the market and the ongoing challenges to securing available air capacity. The adjusted Emergency Situation Surcharge will reflect the peak cost levels on different trade lanes as opposed to having one standard global charge.

Furthermore, the charging mechanism will change from a charge per shipment to a charge per kilogram (kg) in order to maintain a more gradual pricing model.

Please note that Emergency Situation Surcharge is a temporary charge, which allows us to cover part of the operating cost increases and the necessary air network adjustments. We will continue to evaluate and adjust this surcharge as market conditions evolve for the duration of this emergency situation.

In what instances will the surcharge apply?

The Emergency Situation Surcharge will be applicable to all Time Definite International (TDI) shipments.

It is not applicable to Day Definite International (DDI – road) or Time Definite Domestic (TDD) shipments. It also does not apply to our Life Science and Healthcare customers and DHL Medical Express (WMX) shipments.

We kindly ask you to ensure your invoice approval cycles & process have been updated accordingly to avoid any delays.