Surcharges

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Surcharge
Description
How We Charge
Cost
Dangerous Goods
Full Dangerous Goods
Shipping Dangerous Goods
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A surcharge is applied per shipment when the transportation of shipments involves handling substances and commodities classified as fully regulated in accordance with the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.

Contractual agreement required.

Per Shipment
117.50 USD
Dry Ice UN1845
When cool is not cold enough
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A surcharge is applied per shipment when the transportation of shipments involves handling Dry Ice UN1845 as a freezing agent for non-dangerous goods such as diagnostic specimens.

Contractual agreement required.

Per Shipment
6.15 USD
Consumer Goods
Packages containing perfumes and prescription medicine intended for retail.
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A surcharge is applied for shipments containing consumer goods such as perfumes, aftershaves, aerosols, nail varnish and prescription medicines as covered by the IATA ID8000 section and packed in a form intended for retail sale and shipped to private individuals (B2C).

Contractual agreement required.

Per Shipment
23.00 USD
Lithium Batteries (Loose) - Lithium Ion PI 965, Section II, Lithium Metal PI 968, Section II
Shipping loose lithium batteries.
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Lithium Ion PI 965, Section II

A service charge will be assessed on each shipment containing loose Lithium Ion batteries (PI 965, Section II). Such shipments must be compliant with the appropriate IATA Packing Instructions and are accepted from approved shippers only.

Lithium Metal PI 968, Section II

DHL Express will not accept any shipment containing loose Lithium Metal batteries (PI 968, Section II) or equipment that is known or suspected to contain defective or damaged batteries.

Per Shipment
117.50 USD
Remote Area Services
Remote Area Delivery
When shipping to a remote area
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This surcharge applies when a shipment is delivered to a location that is distant or difficult to serve.
 
Applies to domestic and international shipments.
Per Shipment

International:
0.42 USD per lb. (or half kg.) with a 42.00 USD minimum

Domestic:
4.70 USD per shipment

Remote Area Pickup
Importing shipments from remote pickup locations
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This surcharge applies when an import shipment is collected from a location that is distant or difficult to serve.
 
Applies to domestic and international shipments.
Per Shipment

International:
0.42 USD per lb. (or half kg.) with a 42.00 USD minimum

Domestic:
4.70 USD per shipment

Security Services
Elevated Risk
Countries where DHL operates at elevated risk.
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A charge will apply when shipping to a destination country (noted below) in which DHL is operating at elevated risk due to a continuous state of war, civil unrest or continuous threats from terrorism. This charge may apply in addition to either Restricted Destination or Exporter Validation.
 
Countries affected (subject to change): Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Mali, Niger, Sudan, Syria and Yemen
Per Shipment
20.00 USD
Restricted Destination
Shipping in compliance with trade restrictions
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A charge will apply when shipping non-document shipments to a destination country (noted below) that is subject to trade restrictions imposed by the UN Security Council. This charge may apply in addition to Elevated Risk.
 
Countries affected (subject to change): Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen
Per Shipment
30.00 USD
Exporter Validation
Cases your shipment may require additional validation
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A charge will apply when shipping non-document shipments to a destination country (noted below) that is subject to trade restrictions imposed by federal regulatory agencies such as the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). This charge may apply in addition to Elevated Risk.
 
Countries affected (subject to change): Afghanistan, Belarus, Myanmar, Zimbabwe and Lebanon
Per Shipment
30.00 USD
Data Correction
Address Correction
Our priority is to get your shipment in the right hands.
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A fixed surcharge is applied per shipment when the destination address provided by the Shipper is incomplete, outdated or incorrect and DHL is subsequently unable to deliver the shipment. DHL searches and determines the correct address to complete the delivery.
 
Applies to domestic and international shipments.
Per Shipment
18.00 USD
Data Entry
The benefit of centralized data is on-time deliveries.
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A surcharge applies for each shipment consigned with non-electronic, paper based manual house waybills. Electronic shipping documentation incurs no additional charges.
Per Shipment
6.50 USD
Non-Standard Shipments
Overweight Piece
Shipment pieces exceeding 70 kg
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A fixed surcharge is applied to every piece, including a pallet that exceeds a scale or volumetric weight of 70kg.
 
Applies to domestic and international shipments.
Per Piece
94.00 USD
Oversize Piece
Large pieces exceeding 120 cm
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This fixed surcharge applies to every piece, including a pallet, with a single dimension in excess of 120 cm.

Does not apply to pieces already subject to Overweight Piece surcharge

 
Applies to domestic and international shipments.
Per Piece
94.00 USD
Non-Stackable Pallet
When shipping non-stackable pallets
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This fixed surcharge is applied to every pallet within a shipment that cannot be stacked, either on request by the shipper, or because of its shape, content or packaging material.
 
Applies to domestic and international shipments.
Per Piece
245.00 USD
Other Surcharges
Emergency Situation
Service continuation in emergency situations
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This surcharge applies in exceptional cases when DHL is required to recover costs associated with temporary emergency situations beyond DHL’s control which could not be reasonably anticipated at the commencement of an agreement.
More About Surcharges
More About Surcharges
  • In order to maintain a consistently high level of service DHL Express levies under given conditions a surcharge for exceptional activities
  • DHL Express regularly evaluates the level of these surcharges to reflect the changing costs associated with offering exceptional activities
  • We strive to ensure these surcharges remain fair for our customers
Changes in fuel prices result in fluctuating costs for the transport industry, necessitating a variable fuel surcharge which may rise, fall or be removed, in line with movements in fuel prices.
All services
Month
Surcharges
May 2021
9.00%
April 2021
8.75%
March 2021
7.50%
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The fuel surcharge for International Time Definite and Day Definite and U.S. Domestic services will be based on the monthly average spot prices for kerosene/jet fuel (monthly average spot prices are found on the U.S Gulf Coast Index), as published by the US Department of Energy. Prices are expressed in (USD) cents per US gallon.
There will be a two month lag in the application of the index. For example, the monthly average price for fuel in January is used to determine the applicable surcharge for March. This is due to the release dates of the spot pricing data.
The fuel surcharge applies to transportation charges on all services and to the following surcharges (where applicable):
  • Saturday Delivery
  • Saturday Pickup
  • Elevated Risk
  • Emergency Situation
  • Remote Area Delivery
  • Remote Area Pickup
  • Dedicated Pickup
  • Dedicated Delivery
  • Residential Address
  • Overweight Piece
  • Oversize Piece
  • Non-Stackable Pallet
  • Residential Delivery
  • Premium 9:00
  • Premium 10:30
  • Premium 12:00
DHL Express reserves the right to change the fuel surcharge index and table with or without notice. Both the amount and duration of the surcharge will be determined at DHL's sole discretion. If the fuel surcharge drops below 6.50% or rises above 14.25% the above table will be updated.
DHL Jet Fuel Index
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At least
But Less Than
Surcharge
$0.00
$0.39
1.00%
$0.39
$0.43
1.25%
$0.43
$0.47
1.50%
$0.47
$0.51
1.75%
$0.51
$0.55
2.00%
$0.55
$0.59
2.25%
$0.59
$0.63
2.50%
$0.63
$0.67
2.75%
$0.67
$0.71
3.00%
$0.71
$0.75
3.25%
$0.75
$0.79
3.50%
$0.79
$0.83
3.75%
$0.83
$0.87
4.00%
$0.87
$0.91
4.25%
$0.91
$0.95
4.50%
$0.95
$0.99
4.75%
$0.99
$1.03
5.00%
$1.03
$1.07
5.25%
$1.07
$1.11
5.50%
$1.11
$1.15
5.75%
$1.15
$1.19
6.00%
$1.19
$1.23
6.25%
$1.23
$1.27
6.50%
$1.27
$1.31
6.75%
$1.31
$1.35
7.00%
$1.35
$1.39
7.25%
$1.39
$1.43
7.50%
$1.43
$1.47
7.75%
$1.47
$1.51
8.00%
$1.51
$1.55

8.25%

$1.55
$1.59
8.50%
$1.59
$1.63
8.75%
$1.63
$1.67
9.00%
$1.67
$1.71
9.25%
$1.71
$1.75
9.50%
$1.75
$1.79
9.75%
$1.79
$1.83
10.00%
$1.83
$1.87
10.25%
$1.87
$1.91
10.50%
$1.91
$1.95
10.75%
$1.95
$1.99
11.00%
$1.99
$2.03
11.25%
$2.03
$2.07
11.50%
$2.07
$2.11
11.75%
$2.11
$2.15
12.00%
$2.15
$2.19
12.25%
$2.19
$2.23
12.50%
$2.23
$2.27
12.75%
$2.27
$2.31
13.00%
$2.31
$2.35
13.25%
$2.35
$2.39
13.50%
$2.39
$2.43
13.75%
$2.43
$2.47
14.00%
$2.47
$2.51
14.25%
$2.51
$2.55
14.50%
$2.55
$2.59
14.75%
$2.59
$2.63
15.00%
$2.63
$2.67
15.25%
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