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Prohibited Goods for Private Shippers

Please keep in mind that you as a sender are always responsible and must be sure that you do not send anything that violates any laws or regulations. DHL is not responsible for packages with prohibited content. 

DHL reserves the right to stop packages, open and examine the shipment without prior notice to the sender, in accordance with the company's general regulations. DHL decides whether the goods can be transported safely and legally.

Prohibited Goods

  • Dangerous goods including dangerous goods in limited and reduced quantities (see details below)
  • Packages requiring special handling (e.g., temperature-controlled goods), security measures, or permits
  • Shipments whose contents or external packaging during normal transport could potentially harm, infect people, or cause damage to property
  • Live animals, animal carcasses, live or dead insects, human body parts, or human remains, including ashes
  • Gold, silver, jewelry, watches, precious metals, gemstones, industrial diamonds, invaluable items, antiques, artworks, and collectibles 
  • Currencies, cash, coins or banknotes, check endorsements, credit or debit cards, securities, or other means of payment that, in case of damage or loss, cannot be blocked, invalidated, or replaced, and other transferable documents or valid securities
  • Weapons or weapon parts including air-powered weapons, weapon replicas, or ammunition
  • Alcoholic beverages, tobacco, snuff, narcotics, drugs, intoxicants, or medicines
  • Live plants, fresh produce
  • Pornographic material
  • Pirated copies, including counterfeit or unauthorized copies of products 
  • Illegal goods, such as ivory, fur, and products from endangered animals and plants
  • Shipments addressed to individuals or legal entities subject to sanctions or intended for transportation to countries subject to external trade restrictions (embargoes)
  • Tires for motor vehicles
  • DHL does not accept passports or photographs of passports. Such items should be handed over to the local police
  • All content with a total gross value (including VAT) of over SEK 5,000 per shipment.

Dangerous Goods

It is important to know that the consignor is legally obliged to ensure that the goods to be sent are not classified as dangerous goods under the regulations for dangerous goods (ADR road, IMDG CODE lake, IATA DGR flight and RID rail).

What are Dangerous Goods?

Dangerous goods are substances and objects which, due to their chemical or physical properties, may cause damage to life, health, the environment or property during transport. Dangerous goods may, for example, have explosive, flammable, toxic, infectious, corrosive or environmentally hazardous properties.

Examples of dangerous goods include (but are not limited to):

  • Gasoline
  • Diesel
  • Fireworks
  • Batteries of various kinds with acid or lithium
  • All kinds of spray cans with propellant (hairspray, spray paint, lubricant, etc.)
  • Cleaning agents
  • Paint
  • Ammunition
  • Glue
  • Perfume
  • Cigarette lighters
  • Matches
  • Various types of alcohols

Keep in mind that electronic devices such as tools, computers, mobile phones, and tablets often contain lithium batteries or have lithium batteries in the packaging.

Dangerous goods are not limited to the above examples. Other goods may also be prohibited from being sent.

More information and detailed descriptions of dangerous goods can be found at and