USA, NEW JERSEY -- Sent this complaint to the head of DHL customer service and BBB: I sent my first package through DHL this week. I will not be a repeat customer. My experience was nothing short of disastrous. I sent a shipment of gifts to a friend in Vietnam, parcel ID. I purchased the service through a third-party reseller, who provided the shipping label and what I thought was a customs form. I entered into the form the contents of the package at a value of USD 43.00. I noticed the form was titled "Commercial Invoice," so when the DHL driver picked up the parcel, I expressed my concern and specified that the package contained only gifts and not a commercial shipment. He assured me that everything would be fine.
When the package arrived in Vietnam, an exception was generated. I sent an email asking the status of the package and received a return call from a courteous English-speaking representative in Ho Chi Minh. She indicated that she needed contact information for the recipient; I gave her the recipient's e-mail address. I indicated that the recipient was not perfectly fluent in Vietnamese and asked if she could communicate with the office in English. The representative assured me that an English speaker would be available.
The recipient forwarded me a copy of the email she had received, which asked her for details regarding the shipment which a gift recipient should not normally be expected to have access to. Still, I assisted her in filling out the form and she replied in English. We specified again that the shipment contained only gifts.
A DHL representative next came to the recipient's address and gave her a copy of the "commercial invoice" which I had provided to DHL. The representative stated that the recipient would need to pay the USD 43.00, the value of the items listed, to obtain the package. It should be noted that $43 is a significant hardship for the recipient due to the exchange rate. I messaged the DHL Vietnam website in English stating that the list was not meant to be an invoice, that the contents were gifts and not a commercial shipment, and that the recipient should not be invoiced.
A family member of the recipient called the Ho Chi Minh office and was told that they has not received her email. It was sent again without reply, another call was made, and the representative indicated that the office could not read the English email. The recipient had her email translated into Vietnamese and resent it in both languages. Finally the Vietnam office confirmed receipt and advised the recipient that the package would take approximately two days to clear.
Seeing that DHL had a policy of charging for packages taking over three days to clear, I contacted the U.S. office. I received a voicemail message back stating that the package had been cleared after all and would probably be sent when it was morning in Vietnam. The driver did deliver, charging the recipient's family the $43 which we had explained repeatedly should never have been invoiced.
All told, the package spent twice as long in the Vietnam office as it did in transit, and the entire transaction was plagued with errors, poor communication, and a wrongful charge which represents a needless hardship to the receiver. I would like the full $43 refunded directly to the recipient as soon as possible. Thank you for your time.
OREGON -- I bought some products online and the seller, without asking me, decided it was a nice gesture to send the items through courier, even though I had paid for regular international mail to Canada. They used DHL for shipping and DHL charges a minimum of $14 plus tax in addition to the taxes and duties I owed Canada Customs.
So, if you live in Canada, you have 2 choices: keep your purchase under $20 or buy enough to justify paying DHL's fees. Keep in mind they charge 2.5% of the product value or $10, whichever is highest + $4 C.O.D. fee + taxes. And when you call to ask them why are you paying $28 on a $36 package, they will tell you to take it with the government because taxes are so high. Then they tell you that, if you lived in the US, your threshold would be so much higher so the problem is that you live in Canada, even though the actual taxes are only $12 and the rest are their ridiculous fees.
The DHL person I spoke to said they get lots of upset calls about their fees but; from what I gather, people pay them because they have little choice. What is the point of buying things online if you have to pay double the original price in the long run?
They already got payment for their services by the seller but I'm pretty sure I will be stuck with the useless DHL $16 fee for simply knocking at my door and spending a minute at the customs counter. I know it's a matter of 1 minute because I have done my own brokerage at customs close to the Toronto airport and it literally takes no time. I can't do that now because I moved to a town 3 hours away from the GTA and I don't drive. Otherwise I would be there in a heartbeat. It's worth the drive just to make a point if you are close by.
DHL suggested I should refuse the package to avoid the fees and offered no other solution. My experience with FEDEX and UPS is that they are more understanding and will meet you in the middle depending on what you bought. They do have fees per line in the invoice and other stuff but they understand when their fees are just too high and will at least try and help you out.
TORONTO -- The absolute worst shipping company EVER. A nightmare to deal with. I ship packages to overseas all the time, mostly documents, prints and sometimes antique magazines or arts. On July 19, 2013 I shipped an express package from Toronto Canada to Tehran which should have been delivered in 4 business days. Tracking showed that my package entered their sort facility in AE _HUB & GATEWAYS on July 23 and after that no further activities were showing on the tracking page.
I started calling them a few days later to find out what's going on. Each time they said someone will call me back and no one did. On Aug 1, 2013 I got fed up and called the customer service line and demanded an answer. They put me on hold for 35 minutes and came back to tell me that my package has gone missing... Missing??? how can that be? I told them that the package contained magazines that were worth a lot of money and I find it hard to believe that they have just vanished in the thin air. They said that they just don't have any scans or traces of my package once it entered their facility in Dubai. It seems clear to me that someone had stolen my package.
The customer service advised me to start a claim and sent me the claims forms. I filled them out and emailed them to the address on the form, I also faxed them to the number on the form to be safe. Needless to say that to this date (Aug 22, 2013) I have not heard back from them. I have called many times, they keep on saying that their claims specialist will call me back... I keep waiting and nothing... I would never send anything anywhere with DHL again... Their customer service is a nightmare and their employees at their sort facility are thieves... My advice is to stay away, there are lots of other options...
EDMONTON -- I order an item from the USA to be shipped to Canada. The item was to be delivered within 3-5 days. When the package arrived there was no one home to sign so a sticker was left. That evening I called DHL to rearrange another deliver after a certain time in the afternoon to make sure someone was at home to which I was told they don't allow times to be specified, the agent went on to tell me that I could pick the package up from the depot the following day between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm which I agreed as this proved to be the best option.
The following day I send my husband to the depot which is 70 km away to find out the package is still on the delivery truck, I recall DHL to find out what happened to be told, "we don't know." A supervisor was supposed to return my call with an answer that evening, no call came. The call from the supervisor came the next day to which he informed me that my package would be delivered in the afternoon after the time I specified.
I leave work early that day to make sure that I am home for the package to find that it was delivered 2 hrs earlier. At this point frustration got to me, I recall the supervisor and to this day I am still waiting for him to return my call. I called the customer service to be told that they would send an email to dispatch and get my package redelivered that night. I was not surprised when the package never arrived.
The next day (4 days later) I look again at the tracking to find that my package is in the depot waiting customer pickup as requested so again I send my husband to pick up the package to find there is no package in the depot. They have no idea where the package is as the delivery driver who inputted the information worked from 10 pm to 7 am. The depot take telephone numbers and promise to call the following morning and as with everyone else that promised to call, we are still waiting for the call.
I recall customer care to be told by an agent that my package was redelivered to the airport. To say I was unimpressed just doesn't cover it. He proceeds to tell me that I could go to the airport and collect or wait until Monday and they would redeliver to the depot to which my reply was "DHL will get the package to the depot tonight. I am still waiting for my telephone call from the agent to confirm what is being done". I will be taking this issue to the BBB as this service is appalling. So DHL thank you for spoiling my kids birthday as this was his present.
BRIGHTON, MASSACHUSETTS -- I have always preferred DHL. Not the same shipment center as USPS, FedEx. They Truly took care when delivering fragile packages. But notice the past tense. I felt bad calling in to the center to request information on a package that, via text, was said to have been attempted delivery. They claimed I was not home to receive the package. However, I was sitting there, waiting and never heard a buzz or knock, at 9 am. After I received the text, that I was missed, only minutes prior, I went and relieved the notice on the front entrance to my apartment.
The carrier claimed that I wasn't home, but they never rang the buzzer. They also made note that my apartment number was not on the package. I was extremely disappointed at first, imagining it was Glasses USA that did not put my apartment number on the package, but then when I finally received the package (the following week, I'd like not to be overly biased, just because I truly needed my glasses) my apartment number was clearly labeled on the shipment address. What more caused problems was that, even if my apartment number were not on the package, the buzzer has a bold label with my name on it, which was clearly labeled on the package.
I personally felt, if you work in customer service, and have many means by which to deliver, that I should have received the package 4-5 days earlier than I had. Customer service call center hung up on me twice when I attempted to explain to them the situation. I wasn't requesting that they redeliver, only that I could go to one of the centers to pick up the package, as I really wanted it as soon as possible. I'm not irrational nor a loud obnoxious person. I genuinely try to explain things to people without sounding rude.
CALGARY -- This is probably the worst delivery company in the whole entire world. My package made it from China to Calgary, Alberta in a few days and once DHL got a hold of it everything went wrong. They had my package for over a week and they needed me to pay import fees, but no one thought to call me. Once I called them and paid the fees that same day, they kept my package for another week. Every time I called they said it would be delivered that day, for 5 days they said this. You could walk from Calgary to my house in 5 days. At one point one for their employees told me "we really don't know where your package is".. $800 worth of goods that they just could not find.
On top of having to wait for 3 weeks for them to deliver my package, I also had to pay $100.00 for their horrible service, and deal with their rude and untrained staff on the phone everyday. If you care about what you are shipping then do not ship it with this company. They are completely incompetent. I would have more confidence in a carrier pigeon.
VIRGINIA BEACH -- 6:45 pm - I'm sitting in my kitchen doing homework with my youngest child. I hear a car honking but ignore it because I'm busy with my kids. Then I hear a car honking again and again. I turn around and look out my kitchen window and see a DHL delivery man waving to me from his van in my driveway. He is motioning me to come down to receive the package.
I come down the stairs and express my disbelief at this service - he says that our garage door is open so he has to assume that a dog is inside and he will not deliver. This is ridiculous nonsense. He was LAZY - end of story. He saw me sitting in the window and was reluctant to come to our front door! We are very disappointed with DHL and will never use them for deliveries.
FRANKFURT -- I have ordered the pickup service from Darmstadt, Germany on 15 September and it was picked up only on 17th, though on the web-site they told me on 17th it will be already delivered to me! After 2 days it was lost - by mistake they sent to another COUNTRY! How is it possible?! It is deliver company and if you work there you have to be expert in delivering to the right destination!
I tried to call to customer service, the first guy was very ignorant and didn't want to help just saying: "Wait for the letter, it is scheduled to be delivered to you!" On the second call the lady hardly spoke English, and all she did in 15 minutes is spell out my name and address. That's it! She didn't give ANY information! She promised she will call service center and they will contact me, but of course they didn't!
Then the package was chilling in the wrong country for 5 days and no one knew when it is gonna be delivered to me! The letter came 10 days late! I needed the letter urgently for Visa, and they screwed me up! You can't call yourself EXPRESS DELIVERY if it takes you 10 days to deliver letter! I spent so much energy and time because of bloody DHL! Will never use their service!
RAINIER, WASHINGTON -- My order was shipped DHL but then transferred to USPS. Delivery date should have been by June 30. I got it on July 8 AFTER the item sat for over 10 days somewhere - they kept saying it was checked in and then went out, over and over again. The only response I got before it arrived was a computer generated e-mail that was the same one each time. After it arrived, they told me it had arrived and that if I had issues, I should talk to the people I bought it from (who immediately refunded my shipping - no questions.) Still irritated.
PORTLAND, OREGON -- I ordered a case and screen protector for my cellphone off EBay, sadly the seller used DHL for shipping. I was very happy to see the product would be coming from California, as I live in Oregon, and that is only 16 hours of drive time, I would be sure to get it in no time, right? WRONG... I am currently sitting here 10 BUSINESS DAYS later, and it has only just now arrived... IN WASHINGTON... TO TRANSFER TO USPS TO SHIP BACK DOWN TO OREGON...
In the time it has taken DHL to ship from California to Washington, I was able to receive a package from JAPAN... HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD. The only conclusion I can make from this is that DHL now uses bike messengers for all their deliveries and shipping services.