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DHL Express Import Guidelines: India

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

Prohibited Commodities for India

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)

Airline tickets, blank stock (NI)
Airline tickets, issued/validated
Annual reports
Blank forms
Booklets, brochures (non-adv.)
Books: hardbk/paperbk non-comm. use
Business cards
Calendars
Cash letters (NI)
Cheques, blank (NI)
Cheques, cancelled (NI)
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Documents, general business
Invoices, blank
Invoices, not blank
Magazines, periodicals, journals
Manuals, technical
Manuscripts
Money orders (NI)
Music, printed or manuscript
Newspapers
Pamphlets
Personal mail
Photos as part of business reports
Postal envelopes
Price lists
Shipping schedules
Visa applications

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

Advertising brochures/pamphlets
Alcoholic beverages
Animal products
Animal skins
Antiques
Bunker oil sample (for analysis)
Catalogues
Chemicals, non-hazardous
Circuits & circuit boards
Coal & firewood
Coffee
Computer software
Cotton seed
Credit card blanks (NI)
Credit cards (NI)
Deeds
Diplomatic mail
Drugs: non-prescription
Drugs: prescription
Fabrics & fabric samples
Films: 8mm, 16mm & 35mm
Films: entertainment
Films: promotional, training
Fire extinguishers
Foodstuffs
Furs
Grain samples
Industrial equipment
Labels
Leather goods
Liquids, non-hazardous
Maps
Medical samples
Medical/dental supplies & equipment
Military equipment
Negatives, including x-rays, films
Oil products
Passports
Perishables
Personal effects
Phones/modems
Plant products
Plants
Precious metals & stones
Price tickets for garments
Publication not for public resale
Publications for public resale
Radar equip.-transmitters/receivers
Seeds
Ship spares
Shoes
Sports equipment
Telecommunications equipment
Textile articles
Tobacco
Works of art
All other commodities are Non-Document in nature and should be accompanied by a DHL Waybill and an Invoice.