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DHL Express Import Guidelines: The Netherlands

Shipping guidelines, standard prohibitions and restrictions to consider when sending express shipments to The Netherlands.

Prohibited Commodities for The Netherlands

  • Antiques (breakable and/or fragile)
  • Asbestos
  • Furs
  • Hazardous or combustible materials (as defined in IATA Regulations)
  • Medicines for private persons
  • Imitation and pirated products

Shipping Commodities – What You Need to Know

Certain commodities are considered as “Non-Document” and need to be accompanied by an invoice and, in some cases, additional customs documentation. Other commodities are considered simply as a “Document” and only require a DHL Waybill to be completed. The following list explains what you need to do in order to ship various commodities.

Document Commodities (Require only DHL Waybill)

Advertising brochures/pamphlets
Airline tickets, issued/validated
Annual reports
Artwork inc.drawings/proofs/layouts
Blank forms
Blueprints
Booklets, brochures (non-adv.)
Business cards
Calendars
Catalogues
Charts/graphs
Credit cards (NI)
Deeds
Diskettes
Documents, general business
Fabrics & fabric samples
Invoices, blank
Invoices, not blank
Labels
Magazines, periodicals, journals
Manuals, technical
Manuscripts
Maps
Microfiche & microfilm
Music, printed or manuscript
Negatives, including x-rays, films
Newspapers
Pamphlets
Passports
Photographs
Photos as part of business reports
Plans/drawings-arch/indust/eng. pur
Price lists
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Visa applications

Commodities where you should contact your local Customer Service advisor to clarify shipping requirements

Animal products
Animal skins
Bunker oil sample (for analysis)
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Coffee
Dangerous goods, haz. or comb. mats
Drugs: non-prescription
Foodstuffs
Medical samples
Perishables
Personal effects
Plant products
Plants
Precious metals & stones
Seeds
Soil samples
Textile articles

All other commodities are Non-Document in nature and should be accompanied by a DHL Waybill and an Invoice.