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DHL Express Import Guidelines: China, People's Republic

Shipping guidelines, standard prohibitions and restrictions to consider when sending express shipments to China, People's Republic.

Prohibited Commodities for China, People's Republic

  • Banderols or tax stickers
  • Imitation (replica) firearms, weapons, explosive devices or ammunition
  • Weapons, emulational Weapons, ammunition and explosives
  • Faked currency and securities
  • Extremism propaganda materials
  • Poisons
  • Infectious animals/plants and its product

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, blank stock (NI)
Airline tickets, issued/validated
Annual reports
Blank forms
Blueprints
Booklets, brochures (non-adv.)
Books: hardbk/paperbk non-comm. use
Business cards
Cash letters (NI)
Catalogues
Charts/graphs
Cheques, cancelled (NI)
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Computer printouts
Credit card blanks (NI)
Credit cards (NI)
Deeds
Documents, general business
Invoices, not blank
Manuals, technical
Manuscripts
Money orders (NI)
Music, printed or manuscript
Pamphlets
Passports
Photographs
Photos as part of business reports
Plans/drawings-arch/indust/eng. pur
Price lists
Publication not for public resale
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Visa applications

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

Alcoholic beverages
Communications equipment
Compact disc
Computer components & parts
Cosmetics
Diplomatic mail
Diskettes
Drugs: non-prescription
Drugs: prescription
Foodstuffs
Grain samples
Parts, machine & electronic
Personal effects
Plants
Seeds
Ship spares
Tobacco
All other commodities are Non-Document in nature and should be accompanied by a DHL Waybill and an Invoice.