Important Information

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 2020.

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.

As market conditions continue to evolve with the ongoing COVID-19 situation in combination with the cost associated with capacity constraints in the global air network during the peak period, the Emergency Situation Surcharge (ESS) will be adjusted effective November 7th, 2021 until February 13th, 2022.

We will update customers before February 13th 2022 about the development of market conditions and the subsequent evolution of the Emergency Situation Surcharge.

Although the ESS surcharge for most lanes will not change, we are making adjustments for specific origin/destination combinations. This adjustment reflects changes in market dynamics and air capacity availability during the peak period, and operational restrictions imposed related to COVID-19 measures from local governments.

The adjustments are summarized below:

  • Origins China and Hong Kong to destinations in the Americas region:
    from € 0.9 p/kg to € 2 p/kg
  • Origins China and Hong Kong to destinations in the Europe region:
    from € 0.9 p/kg to € 1.25 p/kg
  • Origins Europe, Americas and Rest of World to destination Australia and New Zealand:
    from € 0.2 p/kg to € 2 p/kg

Below, you will find the details for the adjusted ESS per origin and destination combination.

Charge in EUR per Kg

DHL Express Emergency Situation Surcharge as of November 7, 2021
Destination Country/Region
Origin Country / Region Hong Kong*
& China
Australia &
New Zealand***
Rest of Asia** Europe Americas Rest of World
China € 0.90 € 2.00 €0.90 € 1.25 € 2.00 €0.90
Hong Kong* € 0.90 € 2.00 €0.90 € 1.25 € 2.00 €0.90
Rest of Asia** € 0.90 € 2.00 €0.90 €0.20 €0.20 €0.20
Europe € 0.20 € 2.00 €0.20 €0.20 €0.20 €0.20
Americas € 0.20 € 2.00 €0.20 €0.20 €0.20 €0.20
Rest of World € 0.20 € 2.00 €0.20 €0.20 €0.20 €0.20
DHL Express Emergency Situation Surcharge as of July 1st, 2020
Destination Country/Region
Origin Country / Region Hong Kong*
& China
Australia &
New Zealand***
Rest of Asia** Europe Americas Rest of World
China €0.90 €1.65 €0.90 €0.90 €0.90 €0.90
Hong Kong* €0.90 €1.65 €0.90 €0.90 €0.90 €0.90
Rest of Asia** €0.90 €1.65 €0.90 €0.20 €0.20 €0.20
Europe €0.20 €0.20 €0.20 €0.20 €0.20 €0.20
Americas €0.20 €0.20 €0.20 €0.20 €0.20 €0.20
Rest of World €0.20 €0.20 €0.20 €0.20 €0.20 €0.20

* Hong Kong = 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 0.20 €/kg regardless of billing location.

Please note that the ESS 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 reach out to your local DHL representative.

Annual Price Increase
DHL Express will update its prices, effective January 2022. In Slovenia, the average price increase will be 5.9% for Time Definite products and Day Definite products.
The price change applies to all discounted rates and agreements, where contracts allow.

DHL has been alerted of the unauthorized use of its business name in SMS messages asking receivers to download an application with the extension '.apk'. We encourage you to let us know at your earliest convenience by sending a screenshot of the suspicious SMS to, include the suspicious phone number in the message. After reporting the fraudulent message, please delete it and under no circumstance should you download the application.

View more information on fraud awareness

As a globally operating company, epidemic and pandemic risk scenarios are an integral part of the Group's continuous risk planning. Accordingly, DPDHL business operations are continually adapted to mitigate potential impacts of COVID-19. In order to closely monitor and manage the current Coronavirus outbreak, a Deutsche Post DHL Group Coronavirus task force has been established, led by our group CEO Dr. Frank Appel. The Group’s task force also coordinates with international organizations (such as the WHO, CDC, ECDC and Robert Koch Institute) and provides the necessary information to all employees and relevant operations. The safety of our employees and customers is our main concern.

Given the current uncertain situation and taking into account the country's instructions, most of our employees work from home and special security measures apply to all our couriers. The situation around the world is changing daily, which also affects our services, but we are doing everything we can to find the best solution in collaboration with our customers.

Thank you for understanding, stay healthy.

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.

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