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DHL Express Import Guidelines: Sao Tome & Principe

Shipping guidelines, standard prohibitions and restrictions to consider when sending express shipments to Sao Tome & Principe.

Prohibited Commodities for Sao Tome & Principe

Airline tickets, blank stock (NI)
Antiques
Asbestos
Cosmetics
Dangerous goods, haz. or comb. mats
Deeds
Foodstuffs
Furs
Gambling devices
Ivory
Personal effects
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
Artwork inc.drawings/proofs/layouts
Blank forms
Blueprints
Booklets, brochures (non-adv.)
Books: hardbk/paperbk non-comm. use
Business cards
Calendars
Catalogues
Charts/graphs
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Credit card blanks (NI)
Credit cards (NI)
Documents, general business
Films: promotional, training
Invoices, not blank
Labels
Magazines, periodicals, journals
Manuals, technical
Manuscripts
Maps
Microfiche & microfilm
Music, printed or manuscript
Negatives, including x-rays, films
Newspapers
Pamphlets
Passports
Personal mail
Photographs
Photos as part of business reports
Plans/drawings-arch/indust/eng. pur
Playing cards
Price lists
Price tickets for garments
Shipping schedules
Transparencies
Visa applications

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

Drugs: non-prescription
Drugs: prescription
Fabrics & fabric samples
Grain samples
Liquids, non-hazardous
Textile articles
All other commodities are Non-Document in nature and should be accompanied by a DHL Waybill and an Invoice.