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Most countries have a list of items they will not allow to enter into their country. The reasons for this can be religious, economic, political and so forth. On top of that DHL also has restrictions on things they will ship in order to limit their liabilities and ensure the safety of their employees. DHL has two lists with different items and different rules.
Prohibited items are ones DHL will not accept in any form. Restricted commodities require prior approval from DHL before they will ship them. Please see the lists below and contact our office at or at 800-827-7987 with any questions you may have and we’ll do everything we can to help you out.


  • Live animals (mammals, reptiles, fish, invertebrates, amphibians, and birds)
  • Human remains or ashes
  • Bullion (of any precious metal)
  • Cash (current legal tender)(bank notes, currency notes and coins)
  • Loose precious and semi-precious stones
  • Complete firearms, ammunition, and explosives/explosive devices
  • Illegal goods and ivory


  • Antiques and works of art
  • Banderols/tax stickers
  • Cigarettes & electronic cigarettes
  • Dangerous goods & perishable
  • Furs
  • Jewelry and watches
  • Negotiable instruments in bearer form (whether cash-like or not)
  • Air guns, imitation or replica firearms, replica ammunition and firearm parts
  • Financial & monetary commodities
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We have more than 25 years of experience supporting small and medium businesses with their shipping needs. As the oldest authorized reseller of DHL Express, we are international shipping experts. In addition to our international import and export services, we offer heavy air freight, domestic USPS services, and domestic trucking services.