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DHL Express Import Guidelines: Australia

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

Prohibited Commodities for Australia

  • Animals, fish, birds (live)
  • Banderols/tax stickers
  • Bullion (of any precious metal)
  • 'Cash-like’ negotiable instruments in bearer form (except event tickets)
  • Complete firearms, ammunition, explosives and weapons
  • Human remains or ashes
  • Illegal goods
  • Imitation (replica) firearms, weapons, explosive devices or ammunition

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
Artwork inc.drawings/proofs/layouts
Blank forms
Blueprints
Booklets, brochures (non-adv.)
Business cards
Calendars
Cash letters (NI)
Catalogues
Charts/graphs
Cheques, cancelled (NI)
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Computer printouts
Credit card blanks (NI)
Credit cards (NI)
Diaries
Diplomatic mail
Documents, general business
Drawings, technical/architect/eng.
Films: 8mm, 16mm & 35mm
Films: promotional, training
Invoices, blank
Invoices, not blank
Labels
Magazines, periodicals, journals
Manuals, technical
Manuscripts
Maps
Microfiche & microfilm
Money orders (NI)
Music, printed or manuscript
Negatives, including x-rays, films
Pamphlets
Passports
Personal mail
Photographs
Photos as part of business reports
Plans/drawings-arch/indust/eng. pur
Price lists
Price tickets for garments
Publication not for public resale
Publications for public resale
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Slides
Transparencies
Visa applications

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

Animal products
Animal skins
Coal & firewood
Coffee
Coffee samples
Cosmetics
Cotton
Cotton seed
Drugs: non-prescription
Drugs: prescription
Foodstuffs
Grain samples
Leather goods
Marble products
Medical samples
Medical/dental supplies & equipment
Newspapers
Perishables
Personal effects
Plant products
Plants
Seeds
Soil samples
Stone/mineral samples for analysis
Tea
Tobacco
All other commodities are Non-Document in nature and should be accompanied by a DHL Waybill and an Invoice.