We had papers that needed to move from Maryland to a province of China within 10 days. I sent them USPS for about $18 and my wife said "oh, they'll never get there on-time" and she sent them again on the same day with DHL for $55. USPS got them there in 8 days. DHL stalled in Beijing and when I called was told they were "investigating" and interestingly added unlike the USPS they had to go through customs and the Chinese New Year having started that 11th day were the problems. Yeah, their problems - not ours.
How long has DHL been sending documents and packages to China? Are you kidding me? Customs and the Chinese New Year are unknown problems? USPS knew about them and so did DHL. DHL said the shipper, in our case a UPS store, should have suggested they were shipped earlier. Really? DHL guaranteed delivery in 5 days! FIVE! 11 later they are in Beijing. So the UPS store will request a refund from DHL and then reimburse us for a job NOT well done. I'm done with DHL. What a load of it.
UK -- A division of Lloyds Banking Group entrusted DHL with my title deeds on a guaranteed next day delivery service. DHL failed to deliver next day, failed to inform me and I waited in all day. Instead, they decided to pass my package to a small independent third party courier to deliver at their leisure. Lloyds Banking Group asked DHL to return the package when it was obvious they would not abide by their delivery guarantee before close of business. DHL's tracking system showed DHL ignored this instruction and subsequent phone calls from Lloyds Banking Group found that the title deeds are out in a vehicle DHL have no control over.
If DHL will be so cavalier when entrusted with the security of a package under a contract with a huge banking group, frankly they will mess anyone about and say anything to acquire your business. Obviously "guaranteed" means something different in DHL English. No doubt the term "dishonest" is missing from the DHL vocabulary.
LONDON -- DHL provides the most crappiest service, charging premium price and giving bad service. I informed my contact in India not to send by DHL and to send by other international couriers, they didn't listen. From Thursday I am sitting at home to get this parcel, it has still not reached me. I have informed the company to send the parcel back 2 India so that I can make sure I get compensated for my losses. On Friday DHL left a note saying I was not at the address, when very much I was at the address. DHL had my mobile number, still no attempt was made to call me on that.
I spoke to one of their inefficient customer service person on Friday & explained to him the seriousness of the situation. He informed me it would be delivered on Monday. Now on the DHL stupid website it says it has been put on hold. They use all these techniques to fool the british people here. Irresponsible bunch of people at this company and over that in the morning when I tried to escalate the problem a dumbo british employee at one of their depot, she informed me they don't do with my postcode, but didn't offer another phone number. Her callous attitude seemed like I am doing a favor to her.
The overall bad experience I'm going through, makes me think DHL has a monopoly. I am not going to collect the parcel after 2 O clock today, as it would be of no used to me. I have requested them to send the parcel back to India as it contains important documents.
On Thursday May 13 2010 documents were sent to me in Curacao, the Netherlands Antilles using DHL Express with tracking no. **. Maybe you can still admire the tracking on dhl.com. The package went from the Seychelles to Kenya to London in 1 day. So far so good probably. Then it goes totally wrong.
Leipzig, Brussels, London, Brussels, London, Brussels, London, Brussels, London, Brussels, London, Brussels, London, Leipzig, Brussels, London, Brussels, London, Miami (!the right direction!), Cincinnati, London, Brussels, London, Barbados (?).
It's in Barbados now, after 15 days. And I'm still waiting. I have been calling England (3 times), my local DHL station (5 times), they're all very friendly but it doesn't help a bit. The direction the documents keep being send to doesn't make any sense. Even if you get it totally wrong, how many times do you keep sending it back and forth between Brussels and London before you take action?
I just got off the phone talking to the retarded souls at DHL, the worldwide express jokers. For three days I have being chasing one of my 2-Day overnight parcels consisting of items urgently required by one of our business customers. Instead of delivering the item the Driver has updated the tracking system with the following info; Delivery attempted; recipient refused. Or More address info needed. After getting the More Address info needed msg from the tracking system, my assistant contacted DHL and gave them the cell number to call if the driver has any issues.
And guess what? No delivery. Instead the tracking system is updated once again with more garbage and lies. So now it is clear, IF YOU ARE BUSINESS/PERSONAL CUSTOMER NEVER USE DHL. EVER. As a business I should be able to trust the tracking system. But DHL tracking system is filled with lies. They are unable to deliver an urgent item to an address that is in plain view. Don't believe these people and their promotions. They treat their customers like liars when their own drivers and employees are a bunch of lying souls.
NW EDMONTON, CANADA -- Asked DHL if envelope of archival photos would arrive next day. He assured me. 36 hours later, no pix. I checked tracking, which listed the envelope's delivery to DHL as a day AFTER I had delivered it. Worse, envelope stayed at depot on 1st, 2nd, 3rd day. It NEVER left! We.care.com assured me it had on either 1st or 2nd day - but was silent after I emailed them tracking page showing envelope as "On Hold" on all 3 days.
1-800 representative said I got date wrong: emailed 1-800 my perfectly-consistent payment receipt and waybill! Silence. They do well: Depot NEVER issued advisory re "Hold"! Depot answered NO calls, mine or the main office's! Wonderful hq. team manager faxed my demands: w/o apology or explanation, they returned the never-shipped envelope 3 days after accepting it for overnight delivery. Thus, DHL caused a memorial event for my godmother to pass w/o display of 22 special 8x10 photos. FedEx guaranteed 24-36 hr. delivery. Darn.
GREENVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA -- I ordered a cell phone from AT&T on Friday August 29, 2008, and was told that it would be shipped 2nd day express by DHL. I was emailed a tracking number once the package had been shipped. On August 30th it was picked up from the AT&T warehouse by DHL. I knew it wouldn't go anywhere Sunday, or Monday since it was Labor Day.
It is now Thursday September 4, 2008 and it still hasn't arrived. I called DHL customer service and Informed the man I spoke with that it clearly says on their website that the estimated delivery date was 09/03/08 and it was guaranteed to have been there by 5 P.M. yesterday afternoon and that their tracking information showed that it was in Wilmington Ohio, which is 12 hours from my house and he informed me that it would be here tomorrow by 5 P.M.. Which is TWO whole days later than it was GUARANTEED to be here already.
I will never do business with DHL again. I would rather have UPS send it and me know that it will take a few more days but not be run around in circles by their customer service reps.
PHOENIX, ARIZONA -- After reading other reviews about DHL, and seeing someone actually defending them I had to post my own opinion. I was told yesterday morning that I would receive my package early afternoon between 1200 - 300. I waited at home all day till I finally had to go to work. So I asked my mom to come over and wait for my package. The package never showed up. So I called last night and was told it would be delivered today. I wake up this morning give them a call and I was giving a window from 1200 to 300 again.
So at 3 o'clock I call DHL again and ask them where my package is now. I'm getting the driver is running behind and broke down on the side of the road story. My window is now till 5:30. By reading other peoples stories I don't think I'm going to get my package. All in all when a company tells you a window they should make that window. Not leave people sitting around their house for 2 days maybe more. I can see the 1st day the package showing up late but 2 days in a row. Come on.
I had a shipment imported from Hong Kong on 12/19/05. On 12/21 I contacted customer service for the status. Despite the fact that the tracking information did not indicate it had cleared customs, they contacted their import department and assured me it had and that I would receive it the next day. Note that Import Express service quotes a 2 business day delivery. Not having received it on 12/22 I contacted them again, as the status still said "on Hand" at the DHL facility in Los Angeles. They opened a file to trace the shipment and said I would get a call back by 5 pm the next day.
In the meantime I get a call from my local DHL facility saying they were instructed to hold my package at their warehouse instead of delivering it to me. I did not know where these instructions came from, but I offered to come pick it up, just glad that it was delivered. They indicated that is wasn't there, just that they got a call to hold it - to quote the gentlemen, "I don't have it and I don't know when it's coming in." Confused, I call customer service again to find out why these instructions were given to my local DHL center. Of course she had no clue, but supposedly changed the instructions back to the original of door to door delivery.
The next day (the 23rd) still no delivery, so I called again. The rep ** told me to wait for my 5 pm call back. I asked to speak with a supervisor or someone in the office where it was actually being traced. He said there was no information available on that - but he had given me the person's name. I asked again if there was no supervisor in his office - he said no. Being the Friday before Christmas I asked if the corporate office was open. He laughed and said "thank you for calling DHL" and hung up in my face. I called back immediately and got the number of the corporate office in Florida.
Amazingly all the way out there in Florida they had the direct phone number of the person handling the trace. It is now 12/27 and the last information is that they have searched the Los Angeles gateway (e.g. warehouse and dock) and lost and found and my shipment is nowhere to be found. Needless to say this is unacceptable. I have spent tens of thousands of dollars on shipping with DHL, only to have this shipment "lost" from their possession and then to be hung up on when I dare to call and ask to speak with more than a low level customer service person. Their service representations are a fraud, they are rude and unhelpful, and they refuse to give you contact information for anyone in senior management.
I may be out of money but I intend to sent a letter detailing my experience to their competitors UPS and Fed Ex. Since DHL sees fit to trash their service in their national advertising I will offer my experience as testimonial to the contrary. Furthermore, I will be calling every national consumer advocacy radio program to go on air with my beef. I will be filing a robbery report with the LAPD, I've contacted an attorney and will file a complaint with the FTC.
AURORA, COLORADO -- Paid for door to door service - DHL express service from France. Arrived in USA in 4 days. Then DHL gave package to U.S. Postal Service with no tracking and regular mail. Did not call me or give me choice not to use post office with no tracking. Do not use DHL. Never, never, never, never, never!