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DHL Express Import Guidelines: United States

Shipping guidelines, standard prohibitions and restrictions to consider when sending express shipments to the United States.

Prohibited Commodities for the United States

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)

Airline tickets, issued/validated
Annual reports
Blueprints Booklets, brochures (non-adv.)
Business cards
Cash letters
Cheques, cancelled
Cheques, cashier
Computer printouts
Documents, general business
Drawings, technical/architect/eng.
Invoices, not blank
Manuals, technical
Microfiche & microfilm
Money orders
Photos as part of business reports
Plans/drawings-arch/indust/eng. pur
Price lists
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Slides Tapes: computer
Visa applications

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

Firearms, parts of
Gambling devices
Imitation (replica) firearms, weapons
Loose precious stones
You will be asked to provide your social security number or tax id number because DHL must submit a completed entry form to Customs that identifies the ultimate recipient or the importer of record by one of these numbers, as well as the name and address at the time of entry.

Goods being imported into the U.S. must go through United States Customs and Border Protection.