February 23, 2022

5 Top E-commerce Shipping Partners in Germany


The parcel market in Germany is the largest in Europe. Its revenue doubled in 2020 reaching 23.5 billion euros and at the same time, the number of parcels doubled reaching over 3.7 billion.  Deutsche Post DHL, Hermes Group, and DPD Group are the top 3 leading players in the German parcel market.

Here is a chart of the estimated shipping rates by the top parcel companies in Germany.    

Deutsche Post DHL Hermes DPS GLS UPS
UPS Rate
Standard Shipping 01 Lbs 3.79 4.06 4.39 3.5 13.03
02 Lbs 4.5 5.5 4.99 4.3 13.09
05 Lbs 7.49 6.9 6.4 5.4 15.29
10 Lbs 9.49 8.8 9.9 9.5 18.03

The German parcel market is projected to reach over 32 billion euros by 2025 with the majority share of shipments in the B2C sales segment. 

Let’s have a look at the top 5 e-commerce shipping partners for Germany and their solutions to online businesses.

1.Deutsche Post DHL E-commerce Solutions

DHL, a part of the Deutsche Post, is a German logistics and package delivery service provider. It has its headquarter in Bonn, Germany. DHL eCommerce Solutions is a shipment solution for e-commerce businesses for shipping domestic and cross-border products.      

For domestic shipping in Germany, DHL eCommerce offers two options:

1.Standard shipping

Gewicht und mabe Online-peris*
Packchen S 2kg

bis 35x25x10cm

3,79 EUR>

filialperis; 3,79EUR

Packchen M 2kg

bis 60x30x15cm

4,39 EUR>

filialperis; 4,50EUR

DHL Paket 2kg

bis 60x30x15cm

4,99 EUR>

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DHL Paket 5kg

bis 120x60x60cm**

5,99 EUR>

filialperis; 7,49EUR

DHL Paket 10kg

bis 120x60x60cm**

8,49 EUR>

filialperis; 9,49EUR

DHL Paket 31,5kg

bis 120x60x60cm

16,49 EUR>

filialperis; 16,49EUR

Here, the customer has the option to print parcel stamps conveniently at home or at any DHL location. The delivery duration for standard shipping is usually 1-2 working days. 

2.Express Shipping


zustellung am nachten tag(Montag-Freitag)6


bis 0,5 kg 11,00 EUR>

filialperis; 13,50EUR

uber 0,5 kg bis 2kg 14,00 EUR>

filialperis; 16,50EUR

uber 0,2 kg bis 5kg 15,00 EUR>

filialperis; 16,50EUR

uber 0,5 kg bis 10kg 25,00 EUR>

filialperis; 27,50EUR

uber 0,10 kg bis 20kg 30,00 EUR>

filialperis; 32,50EUR

uber 20 kg bis 31,5kg 45,00 EUR>

filialperis; 47,50EUR

In Express shipping, the delivery is done within the next day with a time option (there is a surcharge for time options).

For DHL eCommerce international parcel shipping, again there are two types, Standard shipping and Express shipping.

1.DHL International Standard Shipping Rates

Country For Parcel up to 2 kg XS For Parcel up to 5 kg
Inside the EU EUR 4.89 EUR 15.99
Switzerland & UK EUR 8.89 EUR 26.90
Rest of Europe EUR 8.89 EUR 29.99
Russian Federation EUR 8.89 EUR 30.99
United States EUR 8.89 EUR 36.99
North Africa, Canada, Middle East & Parts of Asia EUR 8.89 EUR 37.99
China EUR 8.89 EUR 42.99
Rest of the World EUR 8.89 EUR 45.99

2.DHL International Express Shipping rates

For international shipping, the rates start from EUR 44.79 (for weight up to 0.5 kg) for different zones in the EU. The rates worldwide (for weight up to 0.5 kg) start from EUR 43.24.    

DHL offers DHL Expresseasy National & International for urgent parcels. The parcels are delivered the next day for domestic shipments and within 2-3 working days for international shipments. 

2. Hermes

Hermes is Germany’s largest logistics service provider for deliveries to private customers. It has over 16000 ParcelShops in Germany with more than 400 local branches and 30 depots. Its headquarter is in Hamburg, Germany. It delivers 817 million shipments in Europe every year.  

For e-commerce businesses, it offers-

  • Hermes Shipping Interface with all essential functions such as shipping labels, returns, collection, and shipment information.
  • Hermes Shipping Client with SSL- encrypted data transmission to import data in CSV format and daily generation of end-of-day lists. 
  • Hermes full integration for high-volume parcels (from 75,000 parcels a year) with complete independence through deep integration into the customer software. 

The parcel services it offers are-

Package announcement-  

Easy 2-4 hour delivery window with detailed information link to shipment tracking

Desired delivery-  

The online buyers decide how they would like to receive their parcels

Parcelshop direct delivery-  

The parcel is delivered directly to the ParcelShop


An identity check is done at the front door or in the ParcelShop during delivery

Express Service-  

It is a fast track priority delivery service

Cash on delivery service-  

Safe and fast delivery of goods to the recipient against cash payment of the value of goods.

Returns shipping-  

Hermes offers shipping with return solutions for the customers 

International shipping-  

For e-commerce businesses to send parcels to international destinations.


DPD Germany is a part of the international DPD group. In France, DPD is a part of Groupe La Poste, Europe’s second-largest postal service.

For Germany, it has the DPD Classic parcel delivery services for fast standard delivery times and outstanding value for money.

Shipping possibilities DPD Shop2Shop DPD CLASSIC DPD Gurantee International- Express Shipping
Germany Germany/Europe Austeria,Czech Republic,Denmark, Estonia,Finland,France,Latvia, Lithuania,Monaco,Poland,Slovakia Worldwide
Drop off at a Pickup Parcelshop

max weight 20kg,Length 100 cm,combined circumference length 250 cm

- -

max weight 31.5kg,Length 175 cm,combined circumference+ length 300 cm

Online POD -

The DPD Express Shipping is for faster delivery of parcels domestically and internationally. For domestic shipments, the delivery is on the next working day. 

Your supplementary Services DPD 8:30

Delivery by 8:30 hours

DPD 10:00

Delivery by 10:10 hours

DPD 12:00

Delivery by 12:10 hours

DPD Express

Delivery by 18:00 hours

DPD 12:00 Saturday

Delivery by 18:00 hours

Germany Germany/BeNelux Germany,Switzerland and BeNulux Germany,Switzerland liechtenstein and BeNulux Germany
online POD
Parcels up to 31.5 kg

The international shipping solutions, DPD has an efficient international network of more than 800 locations with cost-effective priced delivery to 37 European countries.

Services Europe-Wide Shipping With DPD CLASSIC Europe-Wide Shipping With DPD EXPRESS1 world-Wide Shipping DPD EXPRESS1
Srandard Delivery Time 1-4 working days (Garuntee-Service as Optional estra) 1-3 working days 2-5 working days
Consignee Delivery notification Predict free of charge in 21 countries Only with time specific delivery -
Network road by road/air by air
parcel tracking Live-tracking Online tracking Online tracking

For e-commerce businesses, DPD offer services such as-

  • Shipping software integration with CRM and online shop systems 
  • Delivery notification for customers informing them of their parcel arrival time
  • Live-tracking to show where the parcel currently is
  • One-touch returns management 
  • Redirection options for customers to change the place of delivery


Refer to the below image for the DPD domestic shipping price chart.   

Parcel Size (Shortest +Longest size) pay online and send off at pickup parcelshop1,2 ship the parcel directly from a pickup parcelshop7 pay online and have a parcel pickup from home/parcellockbox3,4,8
DPD shop2shop DPD CLASSIC DPD CLASSIC DPD CLASSIC DPD 10:00 DELIVERY Mon-Fri5 DPD 12:00 Delivery Mon-Fri5 DPD 12:00 Delivery Sat5 DPD EXPRESS Delivery Sat5
upto 35cm
4.00 € 4.39 € - 7.60 € 32.00 € 22.00 € 42.00 € 17.00 €
upto 50cm
4.50 € 4.99 € 5.10 € 7.60 € 32.00 € 22.00 € 42.00 € 17.00 €
upto 70cm
5.90 € 6.40 € 7.20 € 10.90 € 35.00 € 25.00 € 45.00 € 20.00 €
upto 90cm
9.70 € 9.90 € 11.50 € 17.20 € 42.20 € 32.20 € 52.20 € 27.20 €
upto circumference +Longest side 300cm/td>
- 16.90 € 17.50 € 24.00 € 49.00 € 39.00 € 59.00 € 34.00 €

Refer to the chart below for DPD international shipping rates from Germany within the EU.

Parcel Size (Shortest +Longest size) pay online and send off at pickup parcelshop1 ship the parcel directly from a pickup parcelshop3 pay online and have pickup parcel from home/parcellockbox2
Zone1 Zone2 Zone3 Zone1 Zone2 Zone3 Zone1 Zone2 Zone3
upto 35cm
9.90 € 12.90 € 35.00 € - - - - - -
upto 50cm
12.00 € 15.10 € 38.00 € 12.50 € 15.60 € 38.50 € 15.20 € 18.20 € 41.10 €
upto 70cm
15.80 € 18.80 € 43.80 € 15.80 € 18.80 € 43.80 €