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DHL Prohibited & Restricted Items


Unless otherwise agreed to by DHL, the following items will NOT be accepted for carriage by DHL.

This list includes items which are prohibited for carriage by any law, regulation or statute of any federal, state or local government of any country from, to or through which the items may be carried. For international carriage there may be additional prohibited items specified by the country of destination. DHL may at its sole discretion refuse to carry other items not listed below.

  • Animals (including birds, fish, insects, larvae, pupae etc.)
  • Animal products (including but not limited to ivory, fur and garments trimmed with fur)
  • Antiques and art works
  • Bullion
  • Cash (including bank notes and currency)
  • Cash like negotiable instruments in bearer form (including but not limited to bank notes, currency and vouchers)
  • Complete firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons
  • Dangerous / hazardous goods including but not limited to perfumes, aftershaves, aerosols, flammable substances, loose lithium batteries, dry ice, biological substances, UN classified dangerous goods and any goods specified as such under International Air Transport Association regulations (“IATA”), the Agreement on Dangerous Goods by Road (“ADR”) or International Maritime Dangerous Goods (“IMDG”) regulations.
  • Designer clothing, apparel, accessories over £250 in value
  • Electronic Items – In total no more than 2 electronic items per package i.e. desktop computers, MP3 players or any other electronic components. The entire package may not contain more than 2 lithium batteries which must be contained within the electronic items. The package must not exceed £1,000 in total value.
  • Flowers and plant products
  • Human remains or ashes
  • Illegal goods (these are goods which are considered illegal in the origin, the transit points and/or the destination countries and would include but not be limited to pirated goods, counterfeit goods and narcotics)
  • Imitation (replica) firearms, toy guns, weapons, explosive devices or ammunition
  • Jewellery over £1,000 in value
  • Laptop Computers – No more than 1 laptop computer per package. The entire package may not contain more than 1 lithium battery which must be contained within the laptop. The package must not exceed £1,000 in total value
  • Loose lithium batteries
  • Medical samples (including but not limited to bodily fluids and tissue samples)
  • Mobile Telephones – No more than 2 mobile telephones together with accessories. The entire package may not contain more than 2 lithium batteries which must be contained within the mobile telephones. The package must not exceed £500 in total value
  • Personal Data – Packages containing unencrypted personal data in electronic format
  • Perishable items that require a temperature controlled environment
  • Pornography
  • Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products
  • Tax stickers / banderols
  • Tobacco
  • Watches with an individual value over £1,000