The International Air Transport Association (IATA), working with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), has set regulations for shipping Dangerous Goods (DG) on airplanes. DHL Express follows these regulations, which means that you must be a Known Shipper with the TSA and be an approved shipper with DHL Express in order to ship DG with them. The approval process takes between 2 to 5 days depending on the applicants TSA Known Shipping status. The approval must be granted before a DG shipment can be tendered to DHL Express.
Preferred Shipping Customer Service will help you fill out the required shipper account approval documents and will then submit them to DHL Express for approval. Depending on what type of DG you are seeking approval to ship, such as Full IATA Dangerous Goods, DHL Express may require that the sending location have an IATA-trained person available to ensure proper handling an Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) are followed when packaging and marking a DG shipment. Except for basic Lithium Battery, Dry Ice or Biological Substance shipper approval, a copy of the IATA trained person’s current IATA DG training certificate is required.
We can also help you verify what markings, stickers or phrases must be on the package and/or paperwork for the type of DG you are shipping.
If you or someone on your staff, needs to become IATA-certified, please contact our International Help Desk. We can also help you begin the approval process, provide for information about classes near you, or let you know about other options for training and certification.