Dear shippers, consignees and partners,
The spread of the coronavirus continues to affect public life in Germany and Europe as a whole. Even in these challenging times we aim to be a reliable shipping partner to you. Every employee is aware of his or her responsibility in this challenging situation. Our team is working with all its energy to deliver every parcel reliably and at the same time prevent the coronavirus from spreading. The health of our employees, shipping customers and consignees is our top priority.
In this section we would like to answer the most important questions about parcel shipping in connection with the coronavirus crisis, and keep you informed about the latest developments.
According to all that is known so far, there is no increased health risk associated with signing on the handheld scanner. Based on current knowledge, transmission of the coronavirus through contact with parcel surfaces is extremely unlikely.
However, as a precautionary measure, personal confirmation of receipt by signature at the private front door is suspended for the time being. In addition, for the moment small, flat parcels of a suitable size can be put in the consignee\'s letterbox.
In order to avoid direct contact as a precautionary measure, you as the consignee of the parcel can also help us in a very concrete way:
Provide us with a deposit okay, so that the delivery driver can leave the parcel without direct customer contact, for example in the garden shed, in the garage or in front of the apartment door. Observe the hygiene regulations and avoid any physical contact. This rule is also followed by our delivery personnel.
Please check, especially in the case of commercial delivery addresses, whether parcel delivery to the addressee is actually possible.
You will find more detailed information on the regulations in other European countries below.
Parcel deliveries and collections in Germany are being implemented as normal, as long as this is not restricted by the local authorities.
At the present time there are no delays in parcel shipping with DPD. Many of our 7,000 Pickup parcelshops in Germany are integrated into normal shops and will be affected by a temporary closure due to the nationwide lockdown.
In the case of international shipments, in some areas the delivery or collection of express parcels is not possible due to official regulations.
You will find more detailed information on individual regions with existing restrictions below.
The DPD crisis team reassesses the current situation on a daily basis and uses this information as the basis for targeted measures. DPD is also well prepared for the impending lockdown. Open and transparent communication is very important to us. That is why we keep our shippers and parcel consignees informed about current effects on parcel shipping via a variety of channels. If individual Pickup parcelshops are temporarily closed due to the lockdown, we take this into account in our Pickup Parcelshop Finder, in the DPD App and on our website. We are continuing to do everything in our power to ensure the delivery of essential supplies to the population.
Many of our 7,000 Pickup parcelshops in Germany are integrated into normal shops and will be affected by a temporary closure due to the nationwide lockdown. However, around 60% of all DPD parcel shops will remain open. In such cases we take this into account in our Pickup Parcelshop Finder at https://www.dpd.com/de/de/pickup-paketshops/paketshop-finden/ and in the DPD App.
DPD is helping to counteract the further spread of the coronavirus and protect its own workforce with a series of measures.
As a precautionary measure, personal confirmation of receipt by signature at the private front door is suspended for the time being. In addition, for the moment small, flat parcels of a suitable size can be put in the consignee\'s letterbox. We encourage customers and consignees to give us a deposit okay, so that no personal contact is necessary at all.
Employees whose presence on site is not required are working from home until further notice. Business trips are kept to a necessary minimum, and participation in large-scale events such as trade fairs has been suspended until further notice.
DPD is raising awareness among its staff, and especially among all delivery personnel, of appropriate hygiene measures. In addition, masks are mandatory at all locations, and strict distance and hygiene rules apply in all areas of the company premises. All locations are equipped with protective equipment and disinfectants in large quantities. When entering a DPD site, all workers are checked with fever monitors for a possible elevated body temperature in order to detect possible cases of COVID-19 even faster. Updated pandemic plans exist for all locations in order to maintain our service in the event of a further spread of the corona virus.
Depending on the development of the infection and the applicable lockdown measures, DPD will exclude individual delivery options. This will enable us to prevent the virus from spreading and to react to any business closures.
In principle DPD continues to carry out parcel shipments to all European countries. Conversely, parcels from abroad continue to be delivered in Germany.
In some areas delivery or collection of parcels is not possible or only possible to a limited extent due to official instructions.
Due to the current increase in the number of infections, it is possible in individual cases that traders may have to temporarily cease business activities and may not be able to receive parcels. So please check in advance whether parcel delivery to the addressee is actually possible.
This can be the case in the following countries
Austria (for more information on the delivery situation in Austria)
Italy (for more information on the delivery situation in Italy)
France (for more information on the delivery situation in France)
Spain (for more information on the delivery situation in Spain)
Great Britain (for more information on the delivery in Great Britain)
The delivery structure in Austria continues to be unrestricted. However, stricter official measures will apply in Austria to probably 07 February. This will be accompanied by an increase in business closures.
The business closures can also affect Pickup parcelshops.
As a result, it is possible that parcels may not be accepted or it may be more difficult to deliver them to some addresses. Find out more: https://www.dpd.com/at/de/support/kontakt/coronavirus/
Due to an increasing number of cases of infection, Italy is applying stricter Covid-19 measures until at least 15 February. In large parts of the country there is a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., in some regions even for the whole day. Theatres, cinemas, sports centres and museums are closed throughout the country, and in many regions restaurants and bars are also temporarily closed. Industrial facilities, grocery shops, pharmacies, hairdressers and laundries remain open.
We are continuing to ship goods to and from France.
A tighter lockdown is in force in France. Until at least the end of January, shops must close at 6pm. However, non-essential retail will remain open.
We are continuing to ship goods to and from Spain.
In some parts of the country, shops have to close due to regional restrictions.
Due to the spread of a variant of the coronavirus and the resulting pandemic measures at the border, at the end of December 2020 cross-border parcel flows between the EU and the United Kingdom (UK) were severely disrupted.
Since 4 January 2021 parcel shipping to the UK and Ireland, which had been suspended for a time, has been possible again.
As a result of Brexit new regulations apply to shipments to the UK. Everything you need to know about Brexit can be found here: dpd.de/brexit