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DHL tracking number

What are my DHL tracking number options?

DHL is a German logistics solutions and delivery company providing international shipping and courier services. DHL stands for Dalsey Hillblom Lynn, who are its three founding members, namely Adrian Dalsey, Larry Hillblom, and Robert Lynn. It is headquartered in Bonn, Germany. All registered parcels sent with DHL have tracking numbers, allowing customers and businesses can keep track of their parcels in real-time. However, many people want to know when and from where they will receive their DHL tracking number after purchasing DHL delivery services. Therefore, this article aims to answer the following questions: where is my DHL tracking number, when can I begin using my DHL tracking number, and what is the best way to get universal DHL tracking?

What is the best way to track a DHL parcel?

When DHL first introduced the DHL tracking number on its parcels, the only way you could track a DHL parcel was by logging onto the DHL website and entering the relevant information to begin searching for the latest DHL tracking number information. However, today both individuals and businesses are choosing to conduct their tracking elsewhere because of the benefits of using a one-stop-shop tracking provider, such as Ship24. Ship24 offers an advantage over tracking with DHL, especially if they meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • They shop at different marketplaces and platforms (or are a merchant who deals with a number of different customers) which could use not only DHL tracking number parcels but also other couriers, meaning that they need a tracking platform that tracks multiple couriers, not just DHL.
  • They opt for different shipping methods when ordering online (or they are a merchant who deals with different shipping requests from different customers). This will mean that DHL parcels will travel on different shipping methods and may be handled by partner logistics companies and carriers in order to reach their destination. In this case, they will need a tracking service that can track all of these methods of transport and the partner carriers in order to ensure they have true end-to-end tracking.
  • They order international delivery (or are a merchant who delivers parcels internationally to buyers). As mentioned above, DHL will often subcontract international deliveries to other couriers. International DHL tracking is best done through a third-party operator, like Ship24, who can ensure you don't lose track as your parcel changes hands and/or crosses borders.

Ship24 offers comprehensive, universal tracking on not only a DHL tracking number but also all the big couriers, including FedEx, USPS, UPS, China Post, and JDPD, and more. With Ship24, you no longer need to visit those individual websites to track a parcel. Ship24 is the one-stop-shop solution for all your tracking needs, so when you think about tracking, think Ship24.

How will I receive my DHL tracking number?

When you ship your DHL parcel, you will receive a DHL tracking number. This will either be given to you directly if you purchase parcel delivery services at a store (on the receipt) or via one of the contact details you provided, such as by phone or email. A DHL tracking number will be distinctly recognizable as it usually follows a certain format, which looks similar to many other major courier tracking numbers, but a DHL tracking number will contain subtle differences.

The range of DHL tracking numbers that you may see are listed below (and will vary as shown, from service to service).

  • A 10-digit DHL tracking number that starts with 3S, JVGL, or JJD will likely be a parcel service tracking number.
  • A 10-digit DHL tracking number beginning with 000, JJD01, JJD00, JVGL, or a similar variation, will be a DHL Express service tracking number.
  • A DHL eCommerce service tracking number can be anywhere from 10 to 39 characters and usually starts with GM, LX, RX.
  • A 7-digit code may well be a DHL Global Forwarding service tracking, which is one of the more complicated variations. a 1 number followed by 2 letters and 4-6 numbers or begins with 3 or 4 letters, with 3-digit carrier code, followed by a dash, then an 8-digit number.

No matter what the variation of DHL number you receive, just know that in general, a DHL tracking number will be a unique set of numbers and letters that will identify your DHL package for shipping.

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What does my DHL parcel's online tracking status mean?

When you enter your DHL tracking number into the Ship24 search bar, you will get a number of DHL tracking number notifications that will tell you about the status and location of your parcel. These notifications would be the same if you were tracking with DHL or Ship24, but only with Ship24 are you guaranteed to receive 100 percent of the events which happen to your parcel should you DHL parcel change couriers during its delivery journey. Below are a few tracking notifications that you may see when using a DHL tracking number to track a parcel.

  • Arrived in destination country: The DHL parcel has arrived at its overseas destination. This could mean it is in customs and being processed or has been dispatched and is handled by DHL or a local delivery company. If the former is the case, make sure there is no outstanding tax or the parcel does not contain any prohibited items so that it passes through customs smoothly and is released as soon as possible.
  • Post ready for pickup: the DHL tracking number has registered that the package is being kept at the nearest destination post office awaiting the recipient to pick it up. This may be because the parcel wasn't able to be delivered and is therefore being kept at the nearest location to the final destination address or it may be the preference of the recipient.
  • In Transit: The DHL parcel is on the move. This could mean from an initial dispatch or within the destination country. It does not always mean that the parcel is about to be delivered, this will usually be the following notification.
  • Out for Delivery: The DHL parcel has arrived in the country and it's nearby on route to delivery (usually the same day)
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