So, you’re looking to send a package internationally and you figure you’d like to give your local DHL Express Service Point a whirl.
However, you’re a little unsure of the process and would like a run-through of the steps before you head down there.
Well, you’re in the right place. Below is a complete guide on how to use DHL Express Service Point…
Step 1: Prepare Your Shipment
- Item Selection: Decide what you want to ship. Whether it’s documents, personal items, or gifts, DHL Express can accommodate various types of shipments.
- Packaging: Ensure your items are properly packaged. Fragile items should be securely wrapped and protected to prevent damage during transit.
- Remember: DHL Express Service point will also provide you with a shipping box to put your item/s in once you’re there.
Step 2: Visit a DHL Express Service Point
- Location: Find the nearest DHL Express Service Point to your location. You can easily locate service points through the DHL website or by contacting customer service.
- Drop-off: Bring your prepared shipment to the service point during operating hours, (again, you can find out what these are via the website) You’ll be greeted by a DHL representative who will assist you throughout the shipping process.
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Step 3: Shipping Process
- Inquiry: Inform the DHL representative of your shipping needs. Whether it’s a single item or multiple items, the destination and the speed of delivery (more on that last one later).
- Item Inspection: For air transport safety, DHL may need to inspect your items before packing them into the shipment box. This is a standard procedure to ensure compliance with regulations.
- Shipping Cost Calculation: DHL’s shipping fees are based on the chargeable weight of your shipment. The chargeable weight is determined by either the actual weight or the volumetric weight of the package, whichever is higher.
- Shipping Options: DHL offers various shipping options, including standard delivery and expedited services like DHL Express 12:00 or DHL Express 9:00, which guarantee delivery by specific times.
- Insurance: Consider opting for shipment insurance to protect your package during transit. DHL offers insurance options based on the value of your shipment.
Step 4: Documentation and Customs Clearance
- Identification: Provide a valid identification document, such as an ID card or passport. This is used to confirm your identity as the sender.
- Required Documents: You will need to fill in the required documentation for customs clearance. This will include a shipment invoice detailing the contents and the value. The air waybill for tracking purposes will also be created.
- Prohibited Items: Familiarize yourself with DHL’s list of prohibited items to avoid any issues during shipping. Certain items may require special authorization or clearance. You can find out more about prohibited items here.
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Step 5: Tracking and Rewards
- Tracking: Keep track of your shipment’s status using the provided tracking number. You can monitor the progress of your package online through the DHL Express website.
- Rewards: If you’re a first-time DHL Express user, consider registering for reward points. These points can be redeemed for discounts on future shipments. (Note: not all regions offer the DHL points and rewards system.)
- Special Items: Certain items may require additional documentation or clearance. Be sure to inquire about specific requirements for shipping such items.
- Customs Clearance: Depending on the destination and the nature of your shipment, customs clearance procedures may vary. Allow sufficient time for customs processing to avoid delays.
- Customer Support: For any inquiries or assistance, contact DHL’s customer service hotline, available 24/7.
By following these steps and guidelines, you can effectively utilize DHL Express Service Point for your international shipping needs.
Whether you want to or not, is up to you… this is not a review of the service. 🙂
I’m a 25 year veteran of USPS. I’m retired now, but as the editor of Mailbox Master, I can’t quite remove myself from the carrier industry just yet. 🙂