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U.S. Prohibited Commodities

The following commodities are not acceptable for transport by DHL under any circumstances:

  • Animals
  • Antiques (breakable and/or fragile)
  • Asbestos
  • Bullion
  • Currency
  • Firearms, parts thereof and ammunition
  • Furs
  • Hazardous and combustible materials (as defined in IATA Regulations)
  • Human remains, including ashes
  • Jewelry, precious metals and stones
  • Narcotics (illegal)
  • Property, the carriage of which is prohibited by any law, regulation and statute of any federal, state or local government of country to or through which the shipment may be carried

This is a result of a DHL policy decision, following the full consideration of operational, legal and risk management implications.

Dangerous Goods

Did you know that food flavoring, perfumes, chemicals and electronic equipment can be classified as dangerous goods?

For expert advice and to learn more about specific regulatory requirements for shipping dangerous goods with DHL Express, Contact our restricted commodities team 

Shipment of Lithium Batteries:

Due to increasing safety concerns raised by the aviation industry, the regulations for shipping lithium batteries are rigorous. The safe transportation of such contents by air and the full compliance with IATA regulations is the legal responsibility of the shipper. IATA has produced a guide to help shippers understand and comply with the regulations.

Access up-to-date information on shipping Lithium Batteries with DHL