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DHL Express Import Guidelines: Colombia

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

Prohibited Commodities for Colombia

  • Antiques (breakable and/or fragile)
  • Asbestos
  • Furs
  • Hazardous or combustible materials (as defined in IATA Regulations)
  • Asbestos
  • Dangerous goods, haz. or comb. mats
  • Military equipment
  • Pornography

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
Annual reports
Artwork inc.drawings/proofs/layouts
Blank forms
Blueprints
Booklets, brochures (non-adv.)
Books: hardbk/paperbk non-comm. use
Business cards
Calendars
Cash letters (NI)
Catalogues
Charts/graphs
Cheques, blank (NI)
Cheques, cancelled (NI)
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Compact disc
Computer printouts
Deeds
Diaries
Diplomatic mail
Diskettes
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
Newspapers
Pamphlets
Paper patterns for wearing apparel
Passports
Photographs
Photos as part of business reports
Plans/drawings-arch/indust/eng. pur
Price lists
Publication not for public resale
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Slides
Stationery
Transparencies
Visa applications

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

Advertising brochures/pamphlets
Airline tickets, issued/validated
Annual reports
Artwork inc.drawings/proofs/layouts
Blank forms
Blueprints
Booklets, brochures (non-adv.)
Books: hardbk/paperbk non-comm. use
Business cards
Calendars
Cash letters (NI)
Catalogues
Charts/graphs
Cheques, blank (NI)
Cheques, cancelled (NI)
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Compact disc
Computer printouts
Deeds
Diaries
Diplomatic mail
Diskettes
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
Newspapers
Pamphlets
Paper patterns for wearing apparel
Passports
Photographs
Photos as part of business reports
Plans/drawings-arch/indust/eng. pur
Price lists
Publication not for public resale
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Slides
Stationery
Transparencies
Visa applications
All other commodities are Non-Document in nature and should be accompanied by a DHL Waybill and an Invoice.