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DHL Express Import Guidelines: Panama

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

Prohibited Commodities for Panama

  • Antiques (breakable and/or fragile)
  • Asbestos
  • Furs
  • Hazardous or combustible materials (as defined in IATA Regulations)
  • Gambling devices
  • Ivory
  • 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)

Airline tickets, issued/validated
Annual reports
Artwork inc.drawings/proofs/layouts
Blueprints
Cash letters (NI)
Charts/graphs
Cheques, cancelled (NI)
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Computer printouts
Credit cards (NI)
Deeds
Documents, general business
Invoices, not blank
Magazines, periodicals, journals
Manuscripts
Maps
Money orders (NI)
Music, printed or manuscript
Newspapers
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
Visa applications

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

Alcoholic beverages
Animal products
Animal skins
Coffee
Coffee samples
Cologne and perfume
Communications equipment
Compact disc
Cosmetics
Cotton seed
Drugs: non-prescription
Drugs: prescription
Foodstuffs
Grain samples
Parts, machine & electronic
Perishables
Plants
Samples, textile
Seeds
Shoes
Tea
Telecommunications equipment
Tobacco
All other commodities are Non-Document in nature and should be accompanied by a DHL Waybill and an Invoice.