DHL Cardboard Boxes
Folding cartons for DHL shipping
DHL packets and small parcels are popular with both business and private customers. As an alternative to the familiar yellow 'originals', which you can buy at all Post and DHL branches, we offer folding boxes in natural brown corrugated cardboard at attractive sliding-scale prices for anyone who sends parcels more often than just occasionally. The shipping boxes are ideal for dispatching all goods in many sizes, are stable, neutral, and recyclable.
Like any other shipping service provider, DHL specifies maximum dimensions and weights for the respective packaging classes; you will find these in the tables on the following subpages for DHL parcel and DHL packet. Here you can buy not only the standard sizes, but also many intermediate sizes, so that you can protect your shipment in the best possible way without having to deal with elaborate padding of hollow spaces.
Parcel vs. Packet
We found that the use of the words 'parcel' and 'packet' is not consistent in US and British English, and there are also differences in the way we use them in Germany. Therefore, here is our explanation of how we use them in the context of these pages:
Parcel = 'Päckchen'
A 'Päckchen' is a small package, usually a box made of cardboard. It's something you may give away as a gift (wrapped in fancy paper), but you can also send it via postal services. Then, the term refers to a relatively small carton with a max. total weight of 2kg.
Packet = 'Paket'
A 'Paket' also is a package or box made out of cardboard, but it is usually bigger and heavier: The most common weight classes are up to 10kg and max. 31kg. Also, a 'Paket' comes with an insurance against loss or damage. The term 'Paket' is basically only used when you talk about shipment.
In our context, both parcels and packets are cardboard boxes used for shipment:
Parcels are the smaller and lighter versions of packets, and they are not insured.
This is information is based on the shipment rules of DHL/Post and may vary for service providers in other countries.