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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
Catalogues
Charts/graphs
Cheques, cancelled
Cheques, cashier
Computer printouts
Deeds
Diaries
Diskettes
Documents, general business
Drawings, technical/architect/eng.
Invoices, not blank
Manuals, technical
Manuscripts
Microfiche & microfilm
Money orders
Passports
Photographs
Photos as part of business reports
Plans/drawings-arch/indust/eng. pur
Price lists
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Slides Tapes: computer
Transparencies
Visa applications

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

Asbestos
Firearms, parts of
Gambling devices
Imitation (replica) firearms, weapons
Ivory
Loose precious stones
Pornography
All other commodities are Non-Document in nature and should be accompanied by a DHL Waybill and an Invoice.