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DHL: When it Absolutely, Positively Has to Get to the Axis of Evil Overnight

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There are certain places in the world UPS (UPS) and FedEx (FDX) won't go.

But DHL will. Got a document that needs to get to Tehran? DHL can help:

Maybe you're sending a few back issues of Boy's Life to your buddies in Pyongyang? DHL is there:


Of course, you can still send parcels via DHL to all the usual countries that aren't run by sadistic depots: England, France, Germany, Rwanda...

How do they do it? As described by freight forwarder Parcel2Go:

DHL was founded in 1969, originally to provide a courier service from the Continental United States and Hawaii. In 2002 the company was acquired by Deutsche Post. DHL is known for its ability to offer a shipping service worldwide for both freight and packages. One of the reasons for this ability to ship truly worldwide is that, now being German owned, it can ship to Cuba, North Korea or Iraq as DHL is not affected by U.S. embargoes.

This doesn't mean DHL has never run afoul of US authorities in the course of doing business. In 2009, DHL "agreed to pay a $9.4 million fine to resolve allegations it aided and abetted illegal shipments of goods to Iran, Sudan and Syria," according to Reuters.

So, why do they do it?

"We do [it] because we are the leader in express shipping and we go everywhere that the law allows," said Jonathan Baker, a spokesman for DHL Express USA. "U.S. law permits DHL Express to transport documents and informational material to these countries and we intend to continue doing so."
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