DANGEROUS GOODS
AND SHIPPING RESTRICTIONS

DANGEROUS GOODS
AND SHIPPING RESTRICTIONS

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DANGEROUS GOODS & SHIPPING RESTRICTIONS

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Dangerous goods are products or substances that pose a risk to safety, health or the environment during transport. These goods must be properly packaged and handled. At DHL Express, we have years of experience and expertise in the safe transport of dangerous goods. Take a look at our number of Guides and Resources on this page and reach out to our Customer Services team at the link below if you have any further questions.

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USEFUL GUIDES AND RESOURCES

Lithium Batteries:
Interactive Tool 2022

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Lithium Batteries:
Packing Guide 2022

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Lithium Batteries:
Ion Batteries Guide 2022

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Lithium Batteries:
Metal Batteries Guide 2022

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Lithium Batteries:
DDI Guide 2022

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DHL Dangerous Goods:
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How To Recognise Dangerous Goods

Goods that are always dangerous

You can recognize these goods by the ‘restricted commodities’ labels below. To ship these dangerous goods, you need certain permits and approval in advance.

Examples include:

  • Loose lithium batteries
  • A shipment (package) containing more than 2 devices with lithium batteries, or a device with more than 2 lithium batteries.
  • Powerbanks (be careful with promotional gifts)
  • Turpentine-based paint
  • Pressurized aerosols (such as deodorant, hairspray)
  • Perfumes
  • Flammable substances (e.g. butane, matches, gasoline)
  • Chemicals (e.g. bleach, drain cleaner, ammonia)
  • Anything you pack and ship with dry ice, such as vaccines and medical materials or food/vegetables/fruit

Goods that can be dangerous

Some goods do not appear to be hazardous, but may contain hazardous components or substances, such as lithium batteries, mercury, toxic or flammable substances. You can recognize these by the red diamond-shaped labels below. Always contact our Customer Service for verification before offering these goods for shipping.

Examples include:

  • Electrical equipment and instruments containing, for example, mercury, toxic, corrosive or flammable substances. Also consider devices such as electrically powered
  • wheelchairs, golf carts and lawn mowers that often contain lithium batteries or fuel tanks.
  • Electric scooters, hoverboards and drones contain powerful lithium batteries.
  • Car parts: for example an airbag unit, which contains explosives.
  • Human/animal body fluids, tissue or remains (blood, urine, ashes).

The following goods are prohibited and will never be accepted for carriage:

  • Fireworks and other explosives such as, for example, flares
  • Weapons and ammunition
  • Radioactive material
  • Poisonous gases, such as for example Sarin or Mace/pepper spray
  • Wastes, living botanicals, livestock, animals, perishables
  • Human remains or ashes
  • Cash (legal tender – bank notes, currency notes, coins) and travelers cheques
  • Illegal goods, such as counterfeit goods and narcotics

Important Update on Shipping Corrosive Materials to the United Kingdom

 

Effective from 6 April 2022, The Offensive Weapons Act 2019 outlined a response to the threat of corrosive substances as a weapon. As a counter measure, these substances cannot be sold nor delivered to persons under 18 years old.

Find out more about these new measures and what it means for your business here.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS & RESOURCES

We want to make shipping with us as simple as possible for your business. That's why we have included all of the important documents that you need to ship with DHL in one place.

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Whether it is a question about Dangerous Goods and Shipping Restrictions or you have a different query, you can contact our team of International Specialists.

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