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DHL Express Import Guidelines: Iraq

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

Prohibited Commodities for Iraq

  • Standard DHL prohibitions plus: All items offensive to the Muslim and Iraq culture or sensitive to the Middle East area security situation are prohibited. These include pork products, religious publications / figures, imitation firearms, paraphernalia, military uniform, or Quranic verses. All prohibited items received will be subject to Customs fines.
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Dangerous goods, haz. or comb. mats
  • Furs
  • Gambling devices
  • Ivory
  • Jewellery, costume
  • Playing cards
  • Pornography
  • Postal envelopes
  • Soil samples

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
Booklets, brochures (non-adv.)
Books: hardbk/paperbk non-comm. use
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Documents, general business
Invoices, not blank
Magazines, periodicals, journals
Manuals, technical
Music, printed or manuscript
Photos as part of business reports
Plans/drawings-arch/indust/eng. pur
Price lists
Price tickets for garments
Shipping schedules
Visa applications

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

Chemicals, non-hazardous
Communications equipment
Compact disc
Computer components & parts
Computer software
Drugs: prescription
Films: 8mm, 16mm & 35mm
Films: entertainment
Films: promotional, training
Grain samples
Medical samples
Medical/dental supplies & equipment
Microfiche & microfilm
Military equipment
Plant products
Telecommunications equipment
Televisions, television equipment
All other commodities are Non-Document in nature and should be accompanied by a DHL Waybill and an Invoice.