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DHL Express Import Guidelines: Germany

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

Prohibited Commodities

Standard DHL prohibitions plus: Imitation and pirated products, Swastika, Hazelnuts, Peanuts, Brazil Nuts, Pistachios, Figs
Animal products
Animal skins
Asbestos
Ivory
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
Blank forms
Blueprints
Business cards
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Credit card blanks (NI)
Credit cards (NI)
Deeds
Diplomatic mail
Documents, general business
Invoices, not blank
Magazines, periodicals, journals
Manuals, technical
Manuscripts
Music, printed or manuscript
Newspapers
Pamphlets
Passports
Photos as part of business reports
Plans/drawings-arch/indust/eng. pur
Price lists
Slides
Visa applications

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

Antiques
Coffee samples
Computer software
Dangerous goods, haz. or comb. mats
Diskettes
Drugs: non-prescription
Drugs: prescription
Fabrics & fabric samples
Foodstuffs
Furs
Medical samples
Medical/dental supplies & equipment
Microfiche & microfilm
Perishables
Personal effects
Plants
Samples, textile
Swatches
Textile articles
Tobacco
All other commodities are Non-Document in nature and should be accompanied by a DHL Waybill and an Invoice.