Popular items shipped through the DHL eCommerce UK network


We ship a huge variety of parcels, of all shapes, sizes, and weights. As long as your parcel fits within our maximum dimensions (120 x 60 x 60cm), weighs 25kg or under and is not a restricted or prohibited item, we can ship it. The different types of items that come through our network show that our customers trust us to send their parcels all across the UK and to over 160 countries worldwide.

Each and every parcel that passes through our network has its own meaning and purpose, whether you’re sending a care package to a family member overseas in need of home comforts, sending a customer an item purchased from your website, or posting an item you’ve sold via eBay. Whatever the reason, your parcels are in safe hands with DHL eCommerce UK and we’ll help you find the right information to successfully ship your item.

Here are some of the most popular items that are sent through our network along with weights, dimensions, and costs. You can also use our super quick and easy quick quote form to get an instant price for shipping your parcel from A to B.





If you are selling trainers in small numbers, using eBay or Amazon would be the most viable choice. eBay, of course, has become almost synonymous with this style of selling. Both these platforms have a strong brand identity and help you reach a mass market, increasing your chances of a quick sale.

Alternatively, if you are a business selling trainers long-term, you might benefit from setting up an independent website. This will give the brand more authenticity, even if development costs are slightly higher. Some may even want to run a website alongside their marketplace offerings, to get the best visibility.

If you’re selling clothes online, you may sell singular items or items bundled together.

Singular items of clothing
Whether you’re a retailer or someone having a wardrobe clear out – if you have a single item of clothing to ship then our small parcel size (0-5kg) may be the best option for you. Single items can easily fit within a padded envelope and waterproof bag – keeping your postage costs down and your customers' items safe and secure during transit.

Clothing bundles e.g. 5-10 items
Selling a number of low-value items as part of bundle package has become increasingly popular on eBay in recent years; you get to have a big wardrobe clear out and make a bit of extra income in the process. Generally, our medium parcel size is perfect for this; ensure you get a good sturdy box, add all items from your bundle sale and seal the box on all sides, then waterproof the box with shrink wrap to avoid water damage during transit.

Adult shoes typically weigh 3kg and a shoe box measures 35cmx25cmx13cm, making our small parcel size the perfect option for sending shoes. You can send up to 5kg with prices starting from £2.79*

See our guide for selling clothes online for more.



A tyre typically measures 50cm x 50cm x 20cm and weighs around 15kg. Wheels and alloys can be very bulky and cumbersome to send. Some are very delicate, especially diamond-cut alloys found on high-performance cars. Once you factor in packaging, our large parcel size (16 - 20kg) may be the most suitable option for sending wheels and tyres.

Whether you are sending them with or without a box, please follow our guidelines for packaging your wheels to avoid any damage during transit.



The weight of a book can differ depending on whether it’s a hardback or paperback and how many pages it has. Most books weigh around 1kg and have dimensions of around 22cmx15cmx4cm. With DHL eCommerce UK, you can send up to 5kg from £2.79* - our small parcel size (0-5kg) is perfect for sending books. 

See our guide to selling books online for more.




There are some weird and wonderful items that come through the DHL eCommerce UK network. Worried your items might be too strange? Here are some of the unusual parcel contents we’ve received and delivered to put your mind at ease:


  • Beekeeping equipment – It’s only of interest to a niche group, but items for beekeeping are regularly sent through our network
  • Mud kitchen – Not something to replace your current kitchen but serves its purpose as a child’s outdoor play kitchen
  • Bagpipes – Musical instruments are a regular occurrence, but the wind instrument is an item that is sent on a regular basis by a few of our customers


Whether you’re sending within the UK or Internationally, as a courier we have several prohibited and restricted items. We’re unable to carry a number of items by law or because of certain customs regulations. See our full list of UK prohibited items and International prohibited items for more information.  If you are shipping Internationally we would also recommend checking the relevant country page on our website here for any other mandatories.



Although there are prohibited items, there are some items that can be sent but we would recommend avoiding them. Sentimental goods are something that we prefer not to carry through our network as we can only ever cover the value of the actual content and not the sentimental value. We care deeply about all our customers and the contents of their parcels - a family photo album with years of collected photos is better off not being sent via any courier as this sort of item holds huge sentimental value but no commercial value if the worst were to happen and it gets lost in transit.

If you are considering selling rare or limited-edition trainers online, addressing these factors can help ensure you sell your trainers in the right place and for the right price – and we can help with delivery. They can help provide a solid start and turn an idea or passion into a fully-fledged, sustainable business.




If you would like any help and advice on how to ship your parcel safely and securely then do get in touch with us, our customer service teams are available Monday to Friday - 7am until 10pm to answer any queries you may have.

Always weigh and measure your parcel correctly to get the most accurate price and avoid paying too much or not enough and being charged additional fees.