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Suspension of Military Item Shipments as of November 16, 2020

2020-11-16 Shipments containing military items that are subject to export control cannot be shipped via DHL Express for the time being.

Military Items include a broad range of items, including weapon systems such as tanks or anti-aircraft missiles, but also spare parts and components that are specially designed or modified for military use. DHL Express will continue to ship goods that are not subject to export controls and/or extra-territorial re-export controls to the military.

Recent regulatory changes in a number of countries and the impact of COVID-19 on global aviation has affected DHL Express’ ability to route shipments compliantly.

We are therefore unable to guarantee the compliant routing of Military Items going forward. DHL Express takes its compliance obligations very seriously and will not jeopardise our customer’s compliance obligations. We are working very hard to re-establish this service as quickly as possible but the suspension will remain in place until we can guarantee the compliant routing of your shipments.

If you are uncertain whether your shipments contain Military Items please see the links below for more information or contact the licensing authority in the country of origin of the Military Items, to verify. 

The suspension does not include shipments of licensed dual-use items.


Click to see the European Union's list of military equipment

Click to see the European Commission's page about dual-use trade controls