Delivery of Dangerous Goods

DHL Express has significant experience in carrying Dangerous Goods. Learn more about conditions and regulations to ensure your shipments are fully compliant.

Shipping Dangerous Goods

DHL is an established carrier of Dangerous Goods and as a leading transportation and logistics company, DHL Express adheres to the following regulations:

  • IATA for air transport, applicable within all countries which work under the ICAO regulations and any airline under the IATA regulations
  • ADR for road transport, applicable within all countries that have adopted the ADR convention in their legislation and additionally within Europe, the EU directives concerning the transport of Dangerous Goods
  • Other applicable national legislation, depending on the origin, transit and destination of the shipment
If you are unsure about which regulations apply to you, please contact Customer Service.

Conditions to Ship

  1. Prohibited substances:
  • Dangerous Goods waste
  • Munitions of War
  1. Acceptable by:
  • Type of Product and Service used
  • DHL network affected: country/local restrictions and operator restrictions
  1. Customer authorization: only Dangerous Goods from an approved customer account will be accepted.
  2. Dangerous Goods shipments must be prepared in accordance with the relevant Dangerous Goods regulations such as IATA /ICAO:
  • Correctly packed, marked and labeled
  • Required documents completed: A Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods, if applicable, must be signed by the shipper only and accompany the shipment
  • All State and Operator Variations must be complied with
  1. Traffic approval: Only Dangerous Goods shipments which have been booked and approved with DHL Express prior to pickup will be accepted.

Dangerous Goods Charges

Dangerous Goods shipments are always subject to additional charges.

Important Facts and Information

Transportation of Dangerous Goods is a risk when they are not correctly packed or handled. If the goods are hidden, declared incorrectly, left completely undeclared, packed or labeled incorrectly, health and safety is compromised.

Did you know that food flavoring, perfumes, chemicals and electronic equipment can be classed as Dangerous Goods? If you are thinking of sending such commodities, be it for personal or commercial use; please check first with a Dangerous Goods Expert at DHL Express. If in doubt, refer to the Material Safety Data Sheet from the manufacturer to determine if the product can indeed be forwarded as regular cargo. In this case DHL Express requires shippers to declare the shipment as "Not Restricted" or "not restricted as per special provision AXX" on the waybill.

Contact a DHL Dangerous Goods Expert

If you would like to ship via DHL Express, it is essential that you contact a Dangerous Goods expert. With a wide experience of transporting all types of Dangerous Goods, DHL Express is perfectly placed to offer you professional advice.

If you are unsure about which regulations apply to you, please contact Customer Service.

Summary of Shipper’s Responsibility

The shipper is responsible for declaring, packaging and labeling Dangerous Goods. DHL Express will accept Dangerous Goods but with certain restrictions for the different products & services offered and only under certain conditions.

Avoid the risk of harm to others and avoid fines from authorities by ensuring your shipment does not contain any undeclared or incompliant hazardous material. Some items may be suspected dangerous goods (for example spare parts), so you can avoid your shipment being delayed or stopped by adding the words "Not Restricted" to your documentation, when this applies.

Any person, company or entity identified as the Shipper on the DHL Express shipment waybill is legally responsible to ensure 100% compliance with the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. This responsibility persists even if the shipment containing the Lithium Batteries does not actually belong to or was made by the person, company or entity identified on the waybill.

To get detailed information about Dangerous Goods shipping please contact your local DHL Express office.

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