Faqs Help is at hand!

Whether you've missed a delivery, want to track your parcel, or just have a few questions about your shipment, we're there to help as soon as we can. We've also put together a list of FAQs that may just provide an answer to your question. If they don't, please get in touch with our contact center.

Sending

When will DHL deliver my parcel?

If you're sending your parcel to a Dutch address, it'll normally arrive the next day, provided you dropped off the package in time. Due to busy times your shipment may take longer to reach its destination. International transit times depend on the destination country.

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How will I know when my parcel has arrived?

Use track and trace to pinpoint your parcel in the Netherlands at any time of the day. Use international track and trace to follow other parcels. Make sure you have the shipment number and the recipient's postal code, so we can tell you exactly where your parcel is. We'll e-mail you as soon as your parcel has been delivered.

Where can I deliver my parcel?

You can drop off your parcel at one of our 4000 DHL ServicePoints. Find a DHL ServicePoint near you.

Where's my nearest delivery point?

You can send your parcel from a DHL store or leave it in a parcelstation to be sent later. With 4000 points in the Netherlands, there's sure to be one near you. Find your DHL ServicePoint.

I haven't received a shipping label. What should I do?

If you didn't receive a label after registering your parcel or if the label is not legible, please contact our customer service department for a new label.

How does printless shipping work?

If you send a parcel with DHL, you typically print your own label. Don't have a printer at home? No problem! Choose the option 'No printer available' when ordering your shipment. Next, drop off your parcel at a DHL ServicePoint and have the QR code scanned on your phone, so we can do the rest.

Do you want to drop off your parcel at a DHL Locker? Then printless shipping is not possible. Shipping using a QR code is currently only available for shipments within the Netherlands.

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What happens if something goes wrong?

Despite our high standards for quality, something does sometimes go wrong when shipping large numbers of parcels from A to B every single day. But don’t worry: We’re here to help if we’ve made a mistake.

Damaged or missing shipments
If your parcel is damaged or lost in transit, please contact customer service. Parcels are reimbursed at €3.40 per kilogram. 

No label or an incorrect label
If you didn't receive a label after registering your parcel or if the label is not legible, please contact our customer service department for a new label.

Can I send envelopes?

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to send envelopes. If you still want to send documents, put them in a parcel. Notice that you're not allowed to send valuable documents. You can check here which goods are forbidden. 

Will the person receiving my parcel pay import duty?

Some countries require the recipient of your parcel to pay import duty of taxes on the shipment. The Dutch Tax and Customs Authority's customs page lists customs per country.

I've closed the locker and my parcel is still inside. What should I do?

If you're quick, you'll be able to open the locker again with the same code. If not, call our contact center at 0900 222 21 20 to re-activate your code. You can call the contact center on workdays from 8 AM to 7 PM and on Saturdays from 9 AM to 2 PM.

Can I arrange an international business shipment?

Absolutely. If you're shipping to a country with customs clearance, you must stick three invoices onto your parcel. Other requirements, such as commodity codes, will be displayed automatically in My DHL Parcel. If you're sending a commercial parcel worth more than €1,000, you'll need to open a DHL business account – it's quick and easy.

What padding should I use in my parcel?

To keep shipping costs low, you should use – or even reuse – lightweight materials such as scrunched paper or egg cartons. You can also keep the air cushions that many online stores use as filling material. This is not only sustainable, but also looks professional.

Why do I need to enter the recipient's e-mail address?

We can use the e-mail address to notify the recipient of your parcel's delivery status.

Is there an overview of my sent parcels?

After logging in to My DHL Parcel, see the “parcel overview” for all your sent parcels. If you don't have an account yet, you can create one yourself in the online shipping service. Click on “Follow your parcel” to see the delivery status of the parcel. You can also download the label or the invoice here once again.

Can I send a parcel to a PO Box?

Unfortunately, you can't use DHL Parcel to send parcels addressed to a PO Box.

How does the recipient know that my parcel has been delivered to a DHL point?

The recipient of your parcel will receive a text message or e-mail if it has been delivered to a DHL ServicePoint.

What is the current status of my return shipment?

As soon as you have dropped off your parcel at a DHL point, you will receive a track and trace link. This allows you to track your parcel online.

If you returned an online order but don't see a new status in track and trace after the parcel has been sorted, you can assume that the parcel has been transferred to the online store where you ordered the parcel. 

How can I track my international package?

Does your parcel cross our border? Follow it every step of it’s journey with our international track en trace. Even in most remote areas. Neat!

When will the shipping label amount be charged if I pay by credit card?

If you choose the credit card payment option when sending a parcel via My DHL Parcel, we will charge your credit card immediately after you complete your purchase.

I’m sending my parcel climate-neutral. What does that mean?

At DHL, we’re busy working on sustainability. That means using more green delivery options, electric transportation, and sustainable locations. Still, we can't reduce our CO2 emissions to zero right away. That’s why we've started the GoGreen offsetting program. By investing in sustainable projects, we can offset all CO2 that we emit so that we can send your parcels climate-neutral.

Will sending something climate-neutral cost me anything?

No, you won’t pay any extra. We’ll pay the costs of offsetting so that you can send your parcel with a clear conscience.

Can I send all parcels climate-neutral with DHL?

We offset the CO2 emissions for all parcels sent with DHL. That applies within the Netherlands and abroad.

Can I track my mailbox parcel with track and trace?

Yes, you can simply track your mailbox parcel with track and trace if it has been sent to an address in the Netherlands.

What are the maximum dimensions of a mailbox parcel?

The maximum dimensions of a mailbox parcel are: 38 cm long, 26.5 cm wide and 3.2 cm high. This way you can be sure that your package fits in every mailbox.

Where can I drop off a mailbox parcel?

If you want to send a mailbox parcel, simply drop it off at a DHL ServicePoint near you.

How do I get a shipping label for my mailbox parcel?

You can easily create your shipment in My DHL Parcel. You can then download the shipping label, print it and stick it on the package. But you can also choose to have the label printed at our ServicePoint. Show the QR code in your mail or My DHL app.

What does it cost to send a mailbox parcel at DHL Parcel?

You can send a mailbox parcel to a home address within the Netherlands for € 3.95, with track and trace. You can send packages within Europe from € 9.

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Receiving

What should I do if my parcel is delayed or lost?

In that case, please contact the sender. For example, the customer service of the webshop or the platform where you ordered, or with the person who sent something to you. They will help you further and can start an investigation at DHL if something is wrong.

My parcel has been sent to a DHL Locker. How do I collect it?

We'll e-mail or text you a unique code once your parcel has been delivered. Enter this into the display on the machine to retrieve your parcel. 

How long will the DHL ServicePoint keep my parcel?

Seven days at most. We'll notify you when we've received your parcel and will send a reminder three days later. You'll then have a week to collect it before it's sent back to the sender.

What happens if I have my parcel delivered to a DHL Locker?

A DHL Locker is a yellow wall with lockers. It's a simple and easy way for you to send and pick up parcels yourself. Most DHL Lockers are accessible 24 hours a day.

If you've sent your parcel to a locker, we'll e-mail or text you a unique pick-up code once your parcel is safely in the locker. You can then pick it up when it suits you within the following seven days. If you don't come pick up it, it'll be returned to the sender. We'll notify you immediately if your parcel won't fit in a locker and will take it to the nearest DHL store.

More info about lockers

How long is my delivery code valid for?

On the “delivery” page, you can choose a new delivery option with your delivery code. You can change the time or location of delivery until the DHL driver is at your door. The sooner you choose, the more delivery options you have.

Can someone other than me collect the parcel from the DHL ServicePoint?

You always need to bring a valid proof of identity (ID card, passport or driving licence) when picking up your parcel. 

Some online stores only allow for the intended recipient to collect the parcel. Sometimes these shipments are insured and a the recipient’s signature is needed. You will be notified if no one other than you can pick it up. If this is the case, please don’t forget to bring a valid ID and drop by yourself to collect it. 

In most cases someone other than the intended recipient can collect it as well, but only if they bring a valid ID. 

I have a complaint about how my parcel was delivered. What can I do?

We're sorry to hear that! You can file a complaint with the sender, which could be the customer service department of the online store where you placed your order. They will ensure that your complaint is dealt with by us. You can also submit your complaint to DHL Parcel's customer service department.

My parcel has been returned to the sender. What can I do?

Unfortunately, we will no longer be able to intercept your parcel. We recommend that you contact the sender, which could be the customer service department of the online store where you ordered the parcel. They can ensure that your parcel is resent.

Can I have my parcel delivered to a different address?

Unfortunately, that is not possible. Please contact the sender, which could be the customer service department of the online store where you placed your order. They will be able to deliver your parcel to another address.

I have not received a shipment number. What should I do?

If you do not have a shipment number, we recommend that you contact the sender of your parcel, which could be the customer service department of the online store where you placed your order. The sender will know the shipment number.

When will my parcel be delivered?

If you receive a shipment number from the sender, which could be the online store where you ordered a product, you can always follow the parcel online with track and trace. You can check the parcel's status as soon as the parcel is registered with us. This can sometimes take a while. We deliver your parcel Monday through Saturday, in different time windows. 

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What happens if the parcel can't be delivered?

If you're not at home at the time of delivery and we can't deliver the parcel to your neighbors, we'll bring it to a DHL ServicePoint close to you. We'll also leave a card with a code in your mailbox. Enter this code in track and trace to see where your parcel is going to be delivered. 

Alternatively, you can choose to have another delivery attempt at your address or your neighbors. You will be able to choose from multiple dates and time slots, during the day or in the evening. It is also possible to have the parcel delivered at a different DHL point. Be sure to make your choice before 11.59 PM.

What does the ‘safe place around the home’ delivery option entail?

If you want to receive your parcel even when you might not be at home, that’s no problem. The ‘safe place around the home’ option means you give the DHL courier permission to leave your parcel in a specific place around your home. We call this the Agreed Place. For each parcel, you decide whether the courier may use your Agreed Place, and you select a sheltered location that’s out of sight. This could be in your shed or in the porch. Please note: With this option, couriers may only leave parcels in a place around your home. Please do not enter a different delivery address here.

Why an Agreed Place?

Because lots of recipients want it – it's that simple! Increasingly, our couriers find notes asking them to leave the parcel somewhere. This isn’t really a problem, of course, but clear arrangements need to be made. Now we can do just that! This means we can ensure that senders, couriers, and recipients know exactly what they can and can’t expect from this service

Here’s another bonus: If we don’t have to come back a second time, it means together we can help prevent unnecessary CO2 emissions!

How does the Agreed Place service work?

Once the sender has handed their parcel over to us, you can amend the delivery arrangements on the DHL Track & Trace page. Enter your shipment number and postal code, and under ‘make other arrangements’ select ‘a safe place around the home.’ In the text box, state the place around your home in which the courier can leave the parcel. Please enter your e-mail address, so that we can update you on your parcel’s delivery status. And it’s even easier if you use the My DHL app!

If a parcel needs to be delivered with proof of delivery (signature, PIN code) or age check, then you won’t be able to select the Agreed Place delivery option. Even if the parcel is on its way to a DHL ServicePoint, you will no longer be able to amend the delivery appointment.

Do I have to make a new delivery appointment for each parcel?

No, that's not necessary. You can set you delivery preference with the official My DHL app. For example, you will be able to select your preferred DHL ServicePoint, or have your parcels left in the Agreed Place by default. You will still have the option of making a separate delivery appointment for each parcel..

Is using Agreed Place a safe option?

With help from you and everyone else involved, we can keep the service reliable:

  • Prevent fraud – never share your shipment number and postal code, as this will allow others to view and / or alter your delivery appointment.
  • You are the one who chooses the Agreed Place. However, if our courier is unsure about it, he/she may decide not to use it.
  • You cannot use Agreed Place to arrange for parcels to be delivered to a different address.
  • We recommend not using the Agreed Place service for high-value items. In such cases, please use a DHL ServicePoint, or select a time when you will be at home.
  • The courier will first ring the doorbell and try to deliver the parcel to you in person. The Agreed Place will only be used as a last resort.

Why can’t I see the Agreed Place option?

There are certain situations in which we do not offer this option:

  • The sender may have chosen not to allow the parcel to be left in an Agreed Place. If this is the case, you won’t see the option under ‘make other arrangements’.
  • Agreed Place is not an option in conjunction with some additional services, such as when a signature or age check is required on delivery.
  • If your parcel is on its way to a DHL ServicePoint, you will not be able to amend the delivery appointment.

What if the parcel isn’t at the Agreed Place?

You may have been expecting a parcel, but can’t find it in the Agreed Place. What should you do?

  • Check the delivery status in track and trace. The courier may not have passed by yet.
  • Go to the track and trace page and click on ‘show details’ arrow below the name of the sender. The courier may have thought that the Agreed Place wasn't safe enough. Please bear this in mind next time.
  • If the courier was unable to deliver the parcel, then he/she will put a card through your mailbox and we will send you an e-mail with details of the next delivery attempt.
  • If you see on track and trace that your order has been left in the Agreed Place, but there is no parcel there and no one else in the household has it either, then please contact the DHL customer service department.

Who is liable once DHL has left the parcel in the Agreed Place?

  • DHL is liable until the moment the parcel is delivered. When the courier leaves your order in the Agreed Place, he/she logs this and it will show up in track and trace.
  • Just like when we deliver your parcel to your door, you’re liable for damage to, loss of, or theft of your parcel after DHL has left it in the Agreed Place.
  • Each time you select the Agreed Place option, we will refer you to the terms and conditions and recommendations. We ask you to agree to these each time you make a delivery appointment.
  • If you still have any questions or if anything is unclear, then we would advise you to get in touch with the online store / sender. They can lodge an enquiry with DHL and discuss with you what steps to take next.

What are “delivery preferences”?

Delivery preferences mean your parcel will be delivered the way you prefer. Simply enter your delivery preferences in the My DHL app, and we’ll try to deliver according to your preferences. This can be at a DHL ServicePoint in your area, if you’re away from home often. Or even in your garden shed, if that works for you. If you prefer another location for a delivery, simply change your delivery preferences in the My DHL app.

Why should I specify my delivery preferences?

Once you specify your delivery preferences, we’ll take them into account each time we deliver. That way, you’ll minimize the chances of missing a delivery and receive your parcel as soon as possible. Of course, you’ll still receive a notification before we pass by, so you can see whether we’re delivering according to your preferences. If you don’t want us to deliver according to your preference for a parcel, you can change your delivery preference for just that parcel or set a new preferred location – the choice is yours.

Why did DHL Parcel develop this service?

Because lots of people want it! Recipients told us they needed a standard yet personal delivery method with clear rules, so they could be sure that parcels would be safely delivered to the preferred location that suits them best. And another good thing: If we only have to visit once, we reduce our CO2 emissions!

How do I specify my standard delivery preferences?

To set your delivery preferences, go to your profile (top right-hand corner of in My DHL). Remember to add your address to your profile first, otherwise we won’t be able to find you. You can always change your preferences in your profile and even specify multiple preferences, such as for your work and home address. If you’re happy with your preferences, we’ll do everything to comply to your delivery preferences. 

Which delivery preferences can I choose?

Currently you can choose between “delivery to a DHL ServicePoint” or “delivery to a agreed place around the home”. We aim to add new options soon.

Why is my parcel sometimes not delivered to my favorite DHL ServicePoint or locker?

In some cases, we may not be able to deliver your package to your favorite DHL point or locker. This happens, for example, if the package is too large, an age check must take place or if someone has to sign for receipt. We will then deliver it to your home.

We also do this if delivery to your home can take place a day faster than delivery to your DHL ServicePoint or locker. This way your order will not be unnecessarily delayed. By the way, you can always adjust this manually in My DHL or on track and trace.

A third possibility is that your favorite locker is full. We will then deliver your parcel to a DHL point nearby.

Finally, we really want to be sure that shipments go the right destination. That is why we check every delivery based on address and email details. If we have not received your e-mail address from the sender, we cannot guarantee that we will deliver your package to your DHL point.

How do I know if my parcel will be delivered according to delivery preferences?

Before delivery, we will always email you an announcement for you parcel. It states whether we will deliver according to your preference in that particular case. Missed your email? You can always check the latest status in the app or using track and trace.

My regular DHL ServicePoint is closed. What should I do?

A DHL ServicePoint may be closed on a particular day, or it might be permanently shut. We’ll let you know immediately if we’re unable to deliver your parcel because of circumstances like this, so you can set a different preference. If you haven’t already changed your preference, we’ll deliver your parcels to your home.

When do my delivery preferences take effect?

Your delivery preferences take effect from the moment you submit them. You can still submit any changes in My DHL or via track and trace.

Where do I see the current status of my shipment?

You use your shipment number to check the status of your parcel. This can be done via track and trace and in the My DHL app. You will find all the information about your shipment there. Don't have a shipment number? Then request it from the shipper.

What does the status 'Shipment not yet sorted' mean?

We probably haven't received or processed your shipment yet. Keep an eye on track and trace or the My DHL app. If your parcel is sorted, you will receive an message immediately.

Why is my parcel sometimes not delivered to my home, while I have set this option as my preference?

This happens with parcels that have been sent directly to a DHL ServicePoint. We cannot change the delivery of these for you. We do not deliver these parcels to your home, even if that is your set preference.

Why is my parcel sometimes not delivered to my Agreed Place?

Sometimes we cannot deliver your parcel at your Agreed Place. This happens, for example, if an age check has to take place or if someone has to sign for receipt.

In addition, we really want to be sure that shipments go to the right destination. That is why we check every delivery based on address and email details. If we have not received your email address from the sender, we cannot guarantee that we will deliver your parcel to the Agreed Place.

Also check the conditions for Agreed Place.