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DHL Express Import Guidelines: Cuba

Shipping guidelines, standard prohibitions and restrictions to consider when sending express shipments to Cuba.

Prohibited Commodities for Cuba

Animal products
Animal skins
Antiques
Asbestos
Dangerous goods, haz. or comb. mats
Furs
Gambling devices
Ivory
Military equipment
Perishables
Plant products
Plants
Playing cards
Pornography
Precious metals & stones

Shipping Commodities – What You Need to Know

Certain commodities are considered as “Non-Document” and need to be accompanied by an invoice and, in some cases, additional customs documentation. Other commodities are considered simply as a “Document” and only require a DHL Waybill to be completed. The following list explains what you need to do in order to ship various commodities.

Document Commodities (Require only DHL Waybill)

Advertising brochures/pamphlets
Airline tickets, issued/validated
Annual reports
Blueprints
Booklets, brochures (non-adv.)
Books: hardbk/paperbk non-comm. use
Business cards
Cash letters (NI)
Catalogues
Charts/graphs
Cheques, cancelled (NI)
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Computer printouts
Credit card blanks (NI)
Credit cards (NI)
Diaries
Diplomatic mail
Documents, general business
Invoices, blank
Invoices, not blank
Magazines, periodicals, journals
Manuals, technical
Manuscripts
Maps
Money orders (NI)
Music, printed or manuscript
Newspapers
Pamphlets
Passports
Personal mail
Photographs
Photos as part of business reports
Plans/drawings-arch/indust/eng. pur
Price lists
Price tickets for garments
Publication not for public resale
Publications for public resale
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Transparencies
Visa applications

Commodities where you should contact your local Customer Service advisor to clarify shipping requirements

Alcoholic beverages
Coffee
Cologne and perfume
Communications equipment
Computer components & parts
Cosmetics
Cotton
Drugs: non-prescription
Drugs: prescription
Electronic equipment
Electronic games
Fabrics & fabric samples
Films: 8mm, 16mm & 35mm
Films: promotional, training
Fire extinguishers
Foodstuffs
Industrial equipment
Jewellery, costume
Leather goods
Measuring apparatus
Medical samples
Medical/dental supplies & equipment
Oil products
Parts, machine & electronic
Personal effects
Phones/modems
Plastic made products
Radar equip.-transmitters/receivers
Samples, textile
Shoes
Soil samples
Sports equipment
Stone/mineral samples for analysis
Subs. cont'g sodium/calc. cyclamate
Swatches
Telecommunications equipment
Televisions, television equipment
Textile articles
Toys
All other commodities are Non-Document in nature and should be accompanied by a DHL Waybill and an Invoice.