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DHL Express Import Guidelines: Costa Rica

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

Prohibited Commodities for Costa Rica

  • Animal skins
  • 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
Cash letters (NI)
Cheques, cancelled (NI)
Computer printouts
Credit card blanks (NI)
Credit cards (NI)
Deeds
Diaries
Diplomatic mail
Diskettes
Documents, general business
Invoices, not blank
Manuscripts
Money orders (NI)
Music, printed or manuscript
Passports
Visa applications

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

Alcoholic beverages
Animal products
Blank forms
Booklets, brochures (non-adv.)
Chemicals, non-hazardous
Coffee
Cologne and perfume
Compact disc
Cosmetics
Drugs: non-prescription
Drugs: prescription
Foodstuffs
Medical/dental supplies & equipment
Personal effects
Plant products
Plants
Seeds
Telecommunications equipment
All other commodities are Non-Document in nature and should be accompanied by a DHL Waybill and an Invoice.