Permissible content and valuable items

Permissible content for national and international parcels.

Valuable items are - except class II valuables - permitted up to a maximum value of EUR 25,000 per parcel. Higher values more than EUR 25,000 are inadmissible generally.

The following valuable items are permitted in national parcels:

Class I valuables, up to a maximum permitted value of EUR 25,000

Class II valuables, up to a maximum permitted value of EUR 500

The following valuable items are permitted in international parcels:

Class 1 valuables, up to a maximum permitted value of EUR 25,000

Class II valuables, up to a maximum permitted value of EUR 500

If sending class I and II items together in the same parcel, the maximum value is always that of class II.

For international delivery, certain items must always  be shipped with the [> International Value service]:

  • Coins, banknotes, paper money or securities in the name of the holder
  • Platinum, gold and silver in processed and unprocessed form
  • Precious stones, jewels and other precious items
  • Jewellery and watches with a value of over EUR500 per parcel


 

 

If sending class I and II items together in the same parcel, the maximum value of EUR 25,000 must not be exceeded. The total value of the class II items must not exceed EUR 500.

These provisions shall apply generally for national parcels and Express shipments and for international DHL PAKET items and DHL Paket International items (they shall not apply for international Express shipments and DHL EUROPAKET and DHL EUROPLUS items). The restrictions apply regardless of whether or not transport insurance is taken out for the shipments by DHL and/or by the sender.

Permissible content

Information about permissible content of parcels (Päckchen and Paket)

DHL Paket Germany will not ship any products, the transport or storage of which is subject to hazardous goods regulations. For exceptions, please refer to the second part of "Rules governing the transport of hazardous substances and objects".

Hazardous goods are defined as contents which are

  • explosive
  • gaseous
  • inflammable
  • pose a risk of contagion
  • toxic
  • caustic
  • environmentally dangerous
  • radioactive

or which have any other hazardous properties or physical states as defined by the ADR (Accord Européen sur le transport des marchandises dangereuses par route).

Please note that many everyday products are considered hazardous goods under transport law, even if we would not normally consider them hazardous because we often underestimate their harmful potential. These include for example hairspray, perfume, matches, table tennis balls and freshening wipes.

Special value limits are applicable to the transport of particularly valuable goods with DHL Paket Germany.

Shipments sent by air are also subject to special conditions. In particular,

  • Fuel lighters
  • Tins of paint or varnish with hazardous contents
  • Pressurised packaging (spray cans)
  • Sparklers
  • Wet batteries
  • Lithium batteries (rechargeable or non-rechargeable) for electronic devices
  • Toys resembling weapons or parts of weapons

are not permitted. For more information please refer to the "Rules governing the transport of hazardous substances and objects, part 2". EU Regulations 272/2009 and 300/2008 and the regulations of the Universal Postal Union and IATA also apply.

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