Prohibited items: don’t send these goods to Belgium

prohibited items

Do you wish to send items to Belgium? As long as you comply with customs regulations, sending a package to Belgium is neither costly nor time-consuming. Just keep in mind that some shipments are subject to restrictions while others are outright prohibited. Take a look at our guidelines for carefree shipping!

These prohibited items are a no-go

Evidently, DHL attaches great importance to customs rules and regulations. That means certain items are excluded from shipment. Moreover, operational factors and risk management sometimes force us to introduce additional restrictions. To avoid unpleasant surprises, please carefully read our list of items we cannot ship under any circumstances. Most of them are self-explanatory:

  • Animals
  • Fragile antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Gold or silver bullion
  • Currency
  • Firearms, firearm accessories and ammunition
  • Fur (coats)
  • Hazardous or combustible materials (as defined by IATA regulations)
  • Human remains, including ashes
  • Jewellery, precious metals and gemstones
  • Illegal narcotics
  • Counterfeit goods

Be sure to check our complete list of prohibited commodities as well.

What are ‘dutiables’?

Items that are considered non-dutiable or ‘document’ have to be accompanied by an invoice and, in some cases, additional customs documentation. Dutiable or ‘non-document’ goods, by contrast, are not subject to customs formalities. They only require a DHL Waybill and they’re good to go.

Counterfeit goods: prohibited without exception

With counterfeit goods on the rise, DHL has teamed up with Belgian customs to fight fraud. Customs authorities are continuously striving to seize counterfeit goods and penalize the buyer. DHL will always fully cooperate with customs authorities in all countries.