Shipping of valuable items

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.

Valuable items are - except for class II valuables - permissible up to a maximum value
of EUR 25,000 per parcel and/or Express Shipment. Higher values than EUR 25,000 per
parcel and/or Express Shipment are generally not permitted.

In case of National Parcel or Express Shipments, all class II valuables are limited to one posting of a value of EUR 500 per recipient and day, even if the shipment consists of several items.

In case of DHL Paket International, only, the following items are also permissible up to a value of EUR 25,000:

  • Jewelry (e.g. made from pearls, corals or amber), watches
  • Precious stones
  • Works of art, paintings, antiques, unique pieces and other articles of value (e.g. items with value for a collector such as invalid collectable stamps, coins (no precious metal content), banknotes and phone cards)

Securities, i.e. money-equivalent instruments honoured by banks
which cannot be blocked, rendered worthless or replaced, if damaged,
and can easily be transferred to third parties, for example:

  • Valid postage stamps (German and foreign)
  • Dividend certificates (incl. cancelled certificates)
  • Profit participation certificates
  • Event admission tickets and travel tickets (transferable)
  • Vouchers, coupons (incl. cancelled vouchers/coupons)
  • Cheques with guaranteed encashment and blank traveller’s cheques
  • Tax stickers, interest coupons (incl. cancelled ones)

Other valuable items

  • Cash, i.e. valid banknotes and coins (German and foreign), foreign currencies
  • Cheque cards
  • Credit cards
  • Other means of payment
  • Valid telephone cards (German and foreign)
  • Pay TV cards
  • Fuel cards not tied to a specific name
  • Precious metals (new or used or defective), e.g. gold, silver, platinum, e.g. in the form of bars, gold nuggets, gold and silver coins, or wire made from precious metal
  • Jewelry (e.g. made from pearls, corals or amber)
  • Processed dental gold
  • Watches
  • Precious stones
  • Works of art, paintings, antiques, unique pieces and other articles of value (e.g. items with value for a collector such as stamps, coins, figures, etc.)

Other valuable items that do not fall into class I or II should be considered as class I valuables, and therefore are allowed up to a maximum value of EUR 25,000 per parcel and/or Express shipment.

In case of collective shipment of class I and II valuables in one parcel or in one Express shipment, the maximum amount of EUR 25,000 must not be exceeded. The value of the class II valuables included in such a shipment must not be more than EUR 500.

These provisions shall apply generally for national parcels and Express shipments and for DHL Paket International and DHL Paket Connect items and (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.