A Clearance Other Than Standard Customs Entry Is Required For This Shipment Meaning [DHL]

There are tons of DHL tracking updates and one of those is “A clearance other than standard customs entry is required for this shipment.” 

So, what does it mean? What must you do to necessitate a fast delivery of your package? In our ultimate guide today, we will look into the finest details.

When Does This Update Happen? 

This status happens under the common DHL Clearance Event, when you click the Further Detail tab. 

Basically, “a clearance other than standard customs entry is required for this shipment” status is a further detail letting you know that your package is in a customs clearance event, and will be sorted out in due time. 

A clearance other than standard customs entry is required for this shipment

What Does A Clearance Other Than Standard Customs Entry Is Required For This Shipment Mean?

This update means that whatever is getting shipped may need some regulatory agency info and since this isn’t the standard customs entry for each package, it may take longer for the package to keep moving.

At this point, it’s the responsibility of DHL to ask for any additional information from regulatory agencies such as the FDA, FCC, EPA, or DOT. 

In some instances, the package might get held up as the necessary information is being waited for, making it easy for the package to miss out on the plane it was arranged to be sent out on. 

When a package misses its scheduled flight and it happens that there is a shortage of flights, there might be delays going for more than a business day.

Why Is My Package Status Stuck On “A Clearance Other Than Standard Customs Entry Is Required For This Shipment?

Depending on how long the information required by the customs office takes to be availed, this status can take anywhere between an hour to even a week. 

If you see that your package status is stuck in this update, know that there is a delay that has caused the standard customs process to go slower than normal. 

There is nothing to worry about as your package is not lost or stolen.

If there is no available flight, the tracking status might change to “ON HOLD” – The shipment is currently awaiting the next available cycle. The Estimated Delivery Date is currently unavailable. Please try again later.

This means that DHL is with your package, but it will get moving when there is another available flight. Depending on how long it takes for DHL to get another ready airplane, it might take several days until your package arrives.

It’s also worth mentioning that when you see DHL saying that the Estimated Delivery Date is currently unavailable, your package will undoubtedly come later than the initial predicted arrival date.

There’s no cause for alarm, though, if yours wasn’t a time-sensitive package. Such delays don’t happen for more than a week.

What Do I DO When I Recieve This Update?

The best you can do at this point is to be patient. While contacting DHL to ask about your package is still an idea, we don’t recommend it since there won’t be any change. 

While at it, know that your package may take up to 7 days, and in all these, DHL has no control over anything to do with customs. 

The only delay that you can say it’s on DHL is when customs have released the package, but then they have no available flights.

How Long Does It Take For This Update to Clear?

When I had this status update happening, it took at most 24 hours for the package to start moving once more.

From what I have gathered, it takes anywhere between a business day to a week for tracking updates to happen.