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Help on the subject of receiving parcels

Here you will find questions and our answers relating to the subject of receiving parcels. We will tell you how to track and redirect your parcel, give you answers about parcel delivery, the ParcelLock box and how to evaluate our services.

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How should I act as the consignee of a parcel?

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.

How should I act as the shipper of a parcel?

Please check, especially in the case of commercial delivery addresses, whether parcel delivery to the addressee is actually possible. In Germany and numerous EU countries, many shops have to be closed on official orders.

Exceptions to this rule are, among others, food retailers, drugstores, banks, wholesalers, beverage markets, pharmacies, medical supply stores, dry cleaners, building, gardening and pet supplies stores. The regulations may vary in the individual federal states.

You will find more detailed information on the regulations in other European countries below.

How is DPD dealing with the Pickup parcelshops in the current situation?

Many DPD Pickup parcelshops are open to customers and parcel consignees. The Parcel Shop Finder will show you which parcel shops are currently open.

In order to guarantee you a secure delivery, at our parcel shops your parcels are also handed over in a contact-free way. The parcel shop employee will document both the ID card check and the parcel hand-over. Until further notice, consignees will no longer sign for the parcel on our scanners.

Are there any restrictions on parcel shipping?

Parcel deliveries and collections in Germany are in general being implemented as normal, as long as this is not restricted by the local authorities.

Current border closures within Europe do NOT currently apply to the movement of goods.

Nevertheless, delays in international parcel shipping may occur due to border controls. This applies in particular to the movement of goods to Poland, Austria and Italy, where there are considerable bottlenecks and waiting times at border crossings.

In individual regions it is also not possible to deliver or collect parcels due to official directives.

A list of detailed postcode areas can be found here for DPD EXPRESS. For DPD Classic there are currently no exclusion zones.

You will find more detailed information on individual regions with existing restrictions below.

What steps is DPD taking in response to the spread of the coronavirus?

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 making its staff, and in particular all delivery personnel, more aware of appropriate hygiene measures. Personal confirmations of receipt for parcel deliveries have been suspended until further notice. Updated pandemic plans exist for all locations in order to maintain our service even in the event of an increase in corona cases.

 

What specific restrictions apply to parcel deliveries within Germany?

Currently there are no known restrictions on parcel shipping within Germany. All DPD parcel centres are operating at normal capacity. However, local delays and restrictions due to official directives issued at short notice cannot be ruled out.

What specific restrictions are there on international parcel shipping?

However, delays may occur due to border checks. This applies in particular to parcel shipments between Germany and the following countries:

  • France

  • Italy

  • Austria

  • Poland

In individual regions it is also not possible to deliver or collect parcels due to official directives. You can find a detailed list of the postcode areas here.

A list of detailed postcode areas can be found here for DPD EXPRESS. For DPD Classic there are currently no exclusion zones.

Parcel shipments to crisis areas in China, such as in the Wuhan region, are suspended until further notice.

In addition, many retailers and other businesses in several countries have had to temporarily cease their operations and are unable to receive parcels.

This applies in particular to 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)

Parcel shipping with DPD: information on the delivery situation in Austria

With effect from 14 April 2020 shops with a sales area of less than 400 square metres have been allowed to reopen. However, larger shopping centres, hairdressers, bars and restaurants will remain closed nationwide. These closures will continue until at least the beginning of May.

Shops in the following sectors are generally opened:

food retailing; food sales; drugstores; pharmacies; shops selling medical products and remedies; health and care services; animal feed sales; agricultural trade; petrol stations; security and emergency products and maintenance; banks, post and telecommunications; delivery services; cleaning and hygiene; public transport, tobacconists and newsagents; maintenance of critical infrastructure and emergency services; petrol stations.

There are currently no general restrictions on parcel deliveries and collections.

A constantly updated list of all postcode areas in which there are currently delivery restrictions due to the coronavirus can be found on the DPD Austria information page: https://www.dpd.com/at/de/support/kontakt/corona-nationale-liefersperren/

Parcel shipping with DPD: information on the delivery situation in Italy

After the Italian government declared the entire country a lockdown zone, the restrictions are gradually being relaxed. Nevertheless, many shops are expected to remain closed until mid-May. In spite of the restrictions, goods can still be transported to and from Italy at present.

 

Parcel shipping with DPD: information on the delivery situation in France

We are continuing to transport goods to and from France. Necessary operational modifications on the part of DPD France may result in noticeably longer delivery times in some cases. We ask for your understanding in this regard.

This does not apply to parcel deliveries by our partner Chronopost.

France is also imposing massive restrictions on the retail trade and catering.

Restaurants, bars, cafés, discotheques and cinemas are closing, as are most shops. Exceptions are made for grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and petrol stations.

Parcel shipping with DPD: information on the delivery situation in Spain

We are continuing to transport goods to and from Spain. However, numerous business consignees cannot be reached due to official closures, and a large number of shops have to remain closed.

There are exceptions, especially for food retailing, pharmacies and petrol stations.

Parcel shipping with DPD: information about the delivery situation in Great Britain

The United Kingdom government has taken additional measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Because of these measures, all non-essential businesses are now closed. As a result all DPD Pickup parcelshops in the UK are temporarily closed, and parcel delivery or collection is currently not possible there.

In spite of this DPD is still delivering parcels as usual in the UK, and goods are still being shipped from Germany. Delays in delivery are possible, however.

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Where is my parcel?

We give each parcel its own parcel number. On the basis of this number you can track the progress of your parcel in myDPD or in your app, and if necessary arrange for delivery on a different day or to a different location.

The delivery vehicle has not moved for a long time. What is the reason for this?

Sometimes it can happen that the delivery vehicle stays in the same place long time. If this has been the case for a long time, please contact our customer service with the parcel number.

The status of my parcel has not changed for a long time. What could be the reason for this?

The GPS signal can fail or the driver is making an extensive stop. If the parcel status does not change for several hours, please contact our customer service with the parcel number.

The parcel is already on its way to me. Can I still change the day or place of delivery?

Yes, you can redirect your parcel even until just before delivery. You can see which redirection options are available in the live tracking information for the parcel.

How can I change the place or day of delivery?

As the consignee you decide when or where we deliver the parcel. You can choose from four redirection options in order to have your parcel delivered the way it suits you best. You normally receive an email with the parcel number. If we have not located you at home, you will also find the parcel number on the parcel notification card which we leave in your letterbox. In the parcel tracking function four redirection options are available to you, e.g. you can give us a deposit okay, redirect your parcel to a neighbour, a parcelshop of your choice or change the day of delivery. In your \"Preferences\" you can register the type of delivery which is generally the most suitable for you.

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I need help for my ParcelLock box. Who can I contact?

You may find the answer to your question already in the FAQ. Enter a keyword in the search. If this has not helped, our customer service will be happy to help.

Can I send several parcels at the same time from my ParcelLock box?

We regret that at present you can only send a single parcel from your parcel box. Please note that a pickup will not be possible if your ParcelLock box contains more than one parcel.

Why can\'t I select \"Pick up from ParcelLock\"? Why is it grayed out?

You must first connect your account to your ParcelLock account. You can do that easily in your profile.

My parcel is too big for the ParcelLock box. What can I do?

You can have the parcel picked up at home by a shipping company, or you may enter it in one of our Pickup parcelshops to ship it.

Why doesn\'t the ParcelLock option appear in myDPD and DPD App?

If you wish to use your parcel box for sending or returning parcels with DPD, you need to link the box with myDPD or DPD App account. After the link has been created the online portal displays the options: \"Collection from ParcelLock\" and \"Return from ParcelLock\". If you have set the link but the options are still not displayed, please check your settings in myDPD or DPD App (Profile).

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I have a complaint / question. How can I contact customer service?

You may find the answer to your question already in our FAQ. Our customer service is easily accessible via the contact form.

Does the DPD customer receive the tip directly?

Your tip will be transferred directly to your account without any deductions from DPD. For him only the usual fees of PayPal are accepted.

I want to change the amount of the tip. Can I also choose a free amount?

Click Cancel to get into your \' parcel info \' overview. There you can choose between the buttons \"€1 \", \"€2\", \"€5 \" or \"Other amount \". Click the \' Other Amount \' button to freely select your amount.

Can I also give the DPD customer a tip bar?

Of course you are free to give a tip bar to the front-office. If you are not at home at the time of delivery, the online tip is a way to do it later. Simply enter your parcel number or scan it from the parcel.

There is no trace of my parcel. What should I do?

If the status of the parcel tracking has not changed for several days, please get in touch with our team. We will then be happy to support you.


 

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