Important Information

If you are self-isolating due to COVID-19 related requirements (you have tested positive, are awaiting a test result, or have been instructed to self-isolate), we regret that we are not able to collect shipments from you.

Until further notice, DHL Express will not accept shipments of military items subject to national export (or extra-territorial re-export) controls. Customers will be notified as soon as the suspension is lifted.

This suspension does not include domestic shipments or shipments of licensed dual-use items.

If you are uncertain whether your shipment contains military items subject to national export controls, please contact your national licensing authority.

Prepare your business for trade with the EU when the transition period ends on 31 December 2020.

Against the backdrop of the global COVID-19 outbreak, we are continuously adapting our business to mitigate potential impacts. The safety of our employees and customers is paramount, therefore in line with government guidance, DHL Express in the UK is moving to home working for employees where possible.

It is business as usual across all of our departments, however, as we migrate to new ways of working, there may be a short delay in answering your call and we ask for your patience at this time. Where possible, please use the following online services:

Track your shipment
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All other enquiries

Thank you for your understanding.

Given the significant impacts of COVID-19 on the global aviation industry and in order to help us maintain reliable and high quality delivery services for you and your customers, DHL Express introduced a temporary Emergency Situation Surcharge in early April.

Since the onset of this global pandemic, DHL teams have been working around the clock, adapting and adjusting the operations of our global network to align with new developments, regulatory requirements and constant changes in capacity and demand.

REDUCTION OF THE EMERGENCY SITUATION SURCHARGE

As market conditions continue to evolve with the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Emergency Situation Surcharge will be reduced effective July 1, 2020.


This adjustment reflects changes in market dynamics and air capacity availability. Given expected reductions to our additional costs out of China and Hong Kong, we will make a reduction for the following origin/destination combinations:

  • China to Europe/Americas/Rest of World: from £1.60 per kg to £0.80 per kg
  • China/Hong Kong to Australia/New Zealand: from £1.60 per kg to £1.50 per kg

Below, you will find the details of the adjusted Emergency Situation Surcharge per origin and destination combination.

Charge in GBP per KG

DHL Express Emergency Situation Surcharge as of July 1, 2020
Destination Country / Region
Origin Country / Region Hong Kong*
& China
Australia &
New Zealand***
Rest of Asia** Rest of World
China £0.80 £1.50 £0.80 £0.80
Hong Kong* £0.80 £1.50 £0.80 £0.80
Rest of Asia** £0.80 £1.50 £0.80 £0.18
Rest of World £0.18 £0.18 £0.18 £0.18

* Hong Kong and 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 £0.18/kg regardless of billing location.

For your reference, below you will find the current Emergency Situation Surcharge, as applied since May 24, 2020.

Destination
Origin Hong Kong**
& China
Australia &
New Zealand
Rest of Asia* Rest of World
China £0.80 £1.60 £0.80 £1.60
Hong Kong £0.80 £1.60 £0.80 £0.80
Rest of Asia £0.80 £1.50 £0.80 £0.18
Rest of World £0.18 £0.18 £0.18 £0.18

* 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.

** Hong Kong = Hong Kong and Macau

Why are we creating this surcharge?

DHL Express transports your shipments around the world using our own fleet of dedicated DHL cargo aircraft, supported by significant amounts of commercial air cargo purchased on passenger flights. This unique model provides the coverage, capacity and service levels that you, have come to expect, connecting all 220+ countries and territories worldwide.

You will all have seen in the news or experienced firsthand the dramatic impact the current COVID-19 crisis is having on the global aviation industry, resulting in significant reductions or complete cancelation of passenger flights in most countries.

Our Global Network teams have been working around the clock to react and adjust our network, adapting it to reflect the changes in capacity and demand resulting from the global upheaval. The massive reduction in available commercial air cargo capacity and destinations has necessitated a switch to more indirect routings and the purchase of additional cargo aircraft lift, which is in high demand.

These factors, among others, increase our costs during this period to unsustainable levels.

This Emergency Situation Surcharge will allow us to cover part of the operating cost increases and the necessary air network adjustments during the time of this emergency situation.

How much will I be charged for my shipments?

Below you will find how this will work for 2 example shipments:

  • 20 kg shipment from Wellington (New Zealand) to London (United Kingdom):
    Surcharge amount: € 2.50
  • 190 kg shipment from Bogota (Colombia) to Athens (Greece):
    Surcharge amount: € 50

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.

Please note that the 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 the ESS as market conditions evolve for the duration of this emergency situation.

If you have any questions, please contact your DHL account manager.

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