Optional services and additional charges - DHL Express

Optional services and charges.

DHL offers a wide range of Optional Services - from non-standard deliveries and billing options to climate neutral shipping. In this way, we give you the flexibility to choose the service that best fits your needs when using our express delivery services worldwide.

Please note that not all Optional Services are available with every shipment or in every country.

Shipment Insurance

In addition to the standard DHL Express liability, we offer financial protection to our customers against all risks of physical shipment loss or damage, from any external cause.


Shipment Insurance can be arranged for express parcels, although some restrictions and limitations may apply. These will depend on the destination and contents of the shipment.

DHL’s Shipment Insurance meets the general requirements for loss and damage to goods in transit. Protection is effective from the time DHL Express has control or possession of the shipment until the time of delivery. Physical loss or damage of goods is covered, subject to specific limitations and exclusions.

Limitations and exclusions

Shipment Insurance covers items in transit worldwide, although temporary restrictions may apply from time to time as a consequence of, but not limited to, political, terrorist, nuclear and war risks, or on the advice of government officials. It does not cover the following:

  • delay;
  • ordinary leakage;
  • loss in weight or volume, or wear and tear of the shipment;
  • loss, damage or expense caused by insufficiency or unsuitability of packing or preparation of the shipment;
  • loss, damage or expense caused by inherent vice or nature of the shipment;
  • loss, damage or expense attributable to the willful misconduct by the customer or its agents;
  • loss, damage or expense caused by delay;
  • loss, damage or expense arising from the use of any atomic or nuclear weapon or radioactivity.

Basis of loss settlement

  • Cover is limited to the value declared by the shipper, replacement cost, invoice value or actual cash value whichever is the lowest. Evidence may be requested to substantiate the declared value in the event of a claim.
  • In the event of total loss of your shipment, with Shipment Insurance, you will also be entitled to a refund of the shipping charge. In the event of a partial loss, you will be entitled to a refund of the relevant proportion of the shipping charge.
  • When more than one shipment that is covered is subject to loss or damage arising from a single event, the maximum aggregate compensation for all such shipments is limited to 5 million EUR.

Restrictions and Exclusions for Shipment Insurance

Excluded Countries

The Shipment Insurance program is not available for imports, exports, domestic transits or storage for the following countries:

  • Cuba
  • North Korea
  • Syria

Restricted Countries

The Shipment Insurance program can provide coverage for international shipments from the time they are loaded onto or off of an international flight in Iraq or Afghanistan. However, domestic or inland transit coverage within Iraq and/or Afghanistan is not automatically covered, but may be obtained on a case by case basis. In order to obtain inland transit coverage, please contact your local Customer Service to discuss with the Risk Management team. Inland transit coverage must be agreed in writing with DHL before any transport of the Shipment.

How to make a claim

If you wish to make a claim, you should always notify DHL Express as soon as possible, but in any event, no later than 30 calendar days from the date that DHL accepted the shipment.

Extended Liability

DHL Express always takes the greatest of care with your documents. Unfortunately, accidents can sometimes happen and extended liability will provide you with additional peace of mind and financial protection.


If you are sending valuable documents such as passports, visa applications or regulatory certificates you can extend the DHL standard liability with this service. It provides coverage and compensation in the case of loss.

Easy to Use: in the event of full or partial loss to a DHL Express document shipment, fixed compensation will be paid regardless of the replacement cost of the document – no need to estimate or declare the value of documents.

Easy Access: Extended Liability can be booked when shipping documents via DHL’s shipping solutions and Customer Service.

Limitations and exclusions

Extended Liability can be only arranged for shipments containing documents.

How to make a claim

If you wish to make a claim, you should always notify DHL Express as soon as possible, but in any event, no later than 30 calendar days from the date that DHL accepted the shipment.


GOGREEN Carbon Estimate

This reporting service offers a single high level overview of the carbon emissions for a company shipping with DHL Express during the previous 3 month period. Reports are derived by applying generic carbon emission factors against the actual shipping services used between all origins and destinations.

GOGREEN Carbon Footprint

This reporting service offers a detailed calculation of the actual carbon emissions for a company shipping with DHL Express during a previous time period. Quarterly and annual reports are based on the actual shipping services used, and by applying an advanced calculation methodology to specific carbon data, footprint reports can be provided by trade lane; by destination; by period of time; or by account number.

GoGreen Plus

GoGreen Plus supports you in reducing your Scope 3 emissions. DHL will reduce transport related carbon emissions for shipments by investing in Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Using SAF can reduce lifecycle carbon emissions by up to 80% compared to traditional jet fuel. By investing in SAF, greenhouse gas emissions directly related to your DHL Express shipment are reduced. The process is audited annually by SGS (Société Générale de Surveillance) to ensure compliance to regulations and standards.

* All rates are started in roubles exclusive of VAT.

Tariff is calculated for each full and non-full kilogram. Each non-full kilogram is rounded up with increment of 0.5 kg.
For account customers an additional tariff and service provision are agreed individually.

Preparation & Packaging

Shipment Preparation

This is a convenient, fast and reliable service for seasonal or irregular shipments that require extra resources for their preparation. DHL manages the entire process of waybill preparation, content selection, labelling and packaging, then sends the shipments to the designated international business addresses.


DHL Express offers its customers DHL-branded packaging items completely free of charge, such as envelopes. A payable range of standard DHL-branded packaging is also available in many locations, such as:

  • small boxes for sending printed materials and light goods
  • larger boxes for sending heavier goods
  • triangular tubes for sending posters
  • bottle boxes for sending liquids

In certain markets, DHL Express offers a range of industry packaging for specialized customer needs, such as Thermo Packaging for sending diagnostic specimens or boxes specifically designed for high value contents requiring sturdy protection such as smartphones, tablets or laptops. Please ask your Sales Executive for more details.

Pickup and Delivery Options

Weekend Pickup or Delivery

Not enough days in the week? DHL Express offers pickup and delivery options from and to certain markets when the business week just isn’t long enough. Your local DHL Express office can help to explain what is possible.

Delivery Notification

When you need documented proof that your shipment has been delivered, DHL can provide a copy of the receiver’s signature or delivery confirmation on DHL Express letterhead and either fax or send it to you, whichever is more convenient.

Adult signature

At Customer’s request, DHL will obtain a delivery signature from an adult at the stipulated delivery address. If, for local legislative reasons, proof of the receivers age needs to be verified, DHL may need to request presentation of a valid government-issued personal identification document.

Payment and Billing Options

DHL Express offers its customers flexible payment and billing options for transport charges, duties and taxes. This flexibility gives the freedom to invoice the Shipper, Receiver or a third party Importer.
  • Electronic Billing
    You can receive digitally signed invoices and acceptance certificates in electronic form using Diadoc system. To start working with the electronic document management operator SKB Kontur please visit the website http://www.diadoc.ru/ or ask your operator about roaming possibility. Electronic documents exchange would be possible after signing a special agreement with DHL Express.
  • Printed Invoice
    A charge applies to every paper invoice provided to a Customer. In lieu of paper invoices, DHL’s online e-billing service is available at no extra charge.

Change of Billing

When changes to customer's billing invoice are required. This service applies when a customer requests a change of defined billing information on an already issued invoice, which will result in a reissuing of the invoice and, in case of an account change, crediting of the old account and debiting of the new.

Additional charges for Optional Services for international shipments.

Optional Service How We Charge Additional Charge
Shipment Insurance By shipment value Min 700.00 RUB or 1% of stated shipment value if higher
Extended Liability Per shipment 350.00 RUB
Shipment Preparation Per shipment 500.00 RUB
Saturday Pickup Per shipment 1 750.00 RUB
Saturday Delivery Per shipment 3 000.00 RUB
Delivery Notification Per shipment 440.00 RUB
Duties and taxes paid Per shipment 2% of customs fees, but not less than 1 300 RUB
Adult signature Per shipment  440.00 RUB
GoGreen Per kg 9.00 RUB per kg

Valid from January 1, 2023

Optional Services and Surcharges are in addition to applicable transportation charges. They will be billed in accordance with the published rates current at the time the shipment booking is made.

Rates are started in rubles exclusive of VAT and fuel surcharge.

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DHL Express is committed to providing customers with the best delivery service, which is why we are continuing to offer coverage to more parts of the world than any other company.

In order to maintain a consistently high level of service, DHL Express levies under given conditions a surcharge for exceptional activities. DHL Express regularly evaluates the level of these surcharges to reflect the changing costs associated with offering exceptional activities, and we strive to ensure these surcharges remain fair for our customers.

Emergency Situation Surcharge

Given the significant impacts of COVID-19 on the global aviation industry and in order to help us maintain reliable and high quality delivery services for you and your customers, DHL Express introduced a temporary Emergency Situation Surcharge in early April. 

As market conditions continue to evolve with the ongoing situation, the Emergency Situation Surcharge (ESS) has benn adjusted effective April 10th, 2022.

We will temporarily and until further notice levy an Emergency Situation Surcharge to all Time Definite International (TDI) shipments. It is not applicable to Day Definite International (DDI – road) or Time Definite Domestic (TDD) shipments. It also does not apply to our Life Science and Healthcare customers and DHL Medical Express (WMX) shipments. 

Below, you will find the details for the adjusted surcharge per origin and destination combination (charge in RUB per kg)*:




Hong Kong1 & China

Australia & New Zealand3

Rest of Asia2



Rest of World








Hong Kong1







Rest of Asia2







South Asia4
90 260 90 90 90 90















Rest of World







* All rates are started in rubles exclusive of VAT
Hong Kong and Macao SAR, China.
Rest of Asia (Asia excluding China and Hong Kong) = Brunei, Bhutan, Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Cambodia, Kiribati, South Korea, Laos, Myanmar, Maldives, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Caledonia, Nauru, Niue, North Korea, Tahiti, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Taiwan, Vietnam, Vanuatu, Samoa. Australia, and New Zealand as origin only. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal as destination only.
All shipments from Australia/New Zealand/Papua New Guinea to Australia/New Zealand/Papua New Guinea will be charged 20 RUB/kg regardless of billing location.
South Asia = India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal.
Europe = Andorra, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Canary Islands, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City State, Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jersey, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Republic of Moldova, Republic of Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan.
Americas = American Samoa, Cuba, Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Palau, Virgin Islands (US), Virgin Islands (British), Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bonaire, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guyana (French), Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana (British), Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nevis, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Barthélemy, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela.

ESS is a temporary charge, which allows us to cover part of the operating cost increases and the necessary air network adjustments. We will continue to evaluate and adjust the ESS as market conditions evolve for the duration of this emergency situation.

Remote Area Services

Remote Area Delivery

A surcharge is applied per shipment when the delivery destination location is remote. Remote is defined as islands and highlands; or a post code/zip code that is difficult to serve; or a suburb/town that is distant, inaccessible or infrequently served.

Remote Area Pickup

A surcharge is applied per shipment when the pickup location is remote and the transport charges are being billed to the account holder at destination or in a third country. Remote is defined as islands and highlands; or a post code/zip code that is difficult to serve; or a suburb/town that is distant, inaccessible or infrequently served.

Dangerous Goods

DHL Express is certified in certain classes of Dangerous Goods in accordance with IATA and ADR regulations. The handling and transportation of Dangerous Goods is not possible between all origins and destinations.

Dry Ice UN1845

A surcharge is applied per shipment when the handling and transportation of shipments involves Dry Ice UN1845 used as a freezing agent for non-dangerous goods such as diagnostic specimens. Such contents are accepted from approved Shippers only.

Read more about Dangerous Goods

Lithium Batteries

A surcharge may apply per shipment when the handling and transportation of shipments involves Lithium Ion or Lithium Metal batteries compliant with the appropriate IATA Packing Instructions 966, 967, 969 and 970, Section II. DHL Express will not accept any shipment containing lithium batteries that are known or suspected of being defective or damaged.

Read more about Lithium Batteries

Non-Standard Shipments

Oversize Piece

This fixed surcharge applies to every piece, including a pallet, with a single dimension in excess of 120 cm. The Oversize Piece surcharge applies to domestic and international shipments.

Overweight Piece

A fixed surcharge is applied to every piece, including a pallet that exceeds a scale or volumetric weight of 70 kg. 

Non-Stackable Pallet

This fixed surcharge is applied to every pallet within a shipment that cannot be stacked, either on request by the shipper, or because of its shape, content or packaging.

Address Correction

This fixed surcharge is applied to any shipment that has an incorrect delivery address at the time of pickup and the delivery cannot be fulfilled after making efforts at the destination to determine the correct address. 

Data Entry

This fixed surcharge applies for each shipment consigned with non-electronic, paper based manual waybills. Electronic shipping documentation incurs no additional charges. Will not be applied when ordering some of additional services.

Security Services

Elevated Risk

A surcharge is applied when shipping to a destination country, DHL is operating at elevated risk due to continuous state of war, civil unrest, or continuous threats from terrorism. Destination countries affected: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Niger, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Restricted Destination

A surcharge applies when shipping to a destination country that is subject to trade restrictions imposed by the UN Security Council or EEAS/OFAC. Countries in scope: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

Duties and Taxes Paid

DHL Express can arrange for the shipper or a third party to be billed for any duties and taxes payable at destination, rather than the receiver of the shipment being billed. Charges apply whenever the shipper requests that duties, taxes or other regulatory fees be paid outside of the destination country.

The following surcharges are payable on international shipments:

Description Surcharge
Remote Area Delivery 31 RUB for each kg, min 1 750 RUB per shipment
Remote Area Pickup 31 RUB for each kg, min 1 750 RUB per shipment
Dry Ice (UN1845) On request
Lithium Batteries Section II (PI966, PI969) 1 160 RUB
Lithium Batteries Section II (PI967, PI970) No charge
Oversize Piece 3 500 RUB
Overweight Piece
7 400 RUB
Non-Stackable Pallet 17 500 RUB
Address Correction 870 RUB
Data Entry 440 RUB
Elevated Risk 1 750 RUB
Restricted Destination 2 600 RUB

The following surcharges are payable on services, when different to those above:

Description Surcharge
Remote Area Delivery 18 RUB for each kg, min 790 RUB per shipment

Valid from January 1, 2023

Rates are started in roubles exclusive of VAT and fuel surcharge.

Should you have any questions on surcharges please Contact Us.

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