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DHL Express Import Guidelines: France

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

Prohibited Commodities for France

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)

Advertising brochures/pamphlets
Airline tickets, issued/validated
Artwork inc.drawings/proofs/layouts
Blank forms
Blueprints
Booklets, brochures (non-adv.)
Business cards
Cash letters (NI)
Catalogues
Charts/graphs
Cheques, cancelled (NI)
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Computer printouts
Deeds
Diplomatic mail
Documents, general business
Drawings, technical/architect/eng.
Invoices, not blank
Labels
Magazines, periodicals, journals
Manuals, technical
Manuscripts
Maps
Microfiche & microfilm
Money orders (NI)
Music, printed or manuscript
Newspapers
Pamphlets
Passports
Personal mail
Photographs
Photos as part of business reports
Plans/drawings-arch/indust/eng. pur
Postal envelopes
Price lists
Price tickets for garments
Publication not for public resale
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Visa applications

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

Alcoholic beverages
Animal skins
Compact disc
Computer software
Diskettes
Drugs: non-prescription
Drugs: prescription
Electronic games
Fabrics & fabric samples
Foodstuffs
Gambling devices
Personal effects
Playing cards
Shoes
Sports equipment
Televisions, television equipment
Textile articles
Toys
Works of art
All other commodities are Non-Document in nature and should be accompanied by a DHL Waybill and an Invoice.