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DHL eCommerce API
About DHL eCommerce APIs
DHL is one of the biggest delivery companies in the world, and their routes aren’t handled with pen and paper. Instead, the databases that hold all this information are readily available to the public — and that information can be read, manipulated, and filtered in any number of different ways.
What are DHL eCommerce APIs?
A DHL eCommerce API is simply an API that can interact with DHL’s data on shipping and delivery information — but our collection casts the net broadly by highlighting APIs that offer a variety of different shipping and delivery services that aren’t directly tied to DHL’s public databases. You’ll find APIs offering information on a variety of major couriers in addition to DHL, and you’ll find more practical APIs for placing and fulfilling orders too.
How does a DHL eCommerce API work?
DHL doesn’t offer their own publicly available API, but that doesn’t mean that the information for their deliveries aren’t out there. Most third party DHL eCommerce APIs require a shipping number and courier name and returns shipping information as a response. Alternatives make use of databases tracking shops on specific eCommerce sites, international shipping rates, and customs costs to provide related information.
Who are DHL eCommerce APIs for?
Retailers are the most obvious audience for APIs like these, and they can be useful for practically every stage of the delivery fulfillment process. Order tracking APIs are useful for evaluating deliveries on a macro level, but they can also be neatly integrated into the front end as well so that customers can check their delivery right through the brand’s site. But retailers will also find APIs that can automate the shipping label process, provide shipping quotes for international customers through the shopping cart, and even compare your delivery process to those of other retailers on platforms like AliExpress.
Why are DHL eCommerce APIs important?
APIs like these represents a technological shift that can level the playing field between huge corporations and small entrepreneurs. The easy integration of APIs is a dramatic counterpoint to the huge amount of information they can offer. And the low cost and scalability means that professional delivery management and tracking is accessible even for the individual person selling their crafts on Etsy.
What you can expect from a DHL eCommerce API?
You can generally expect easy integration. There are a few APIs that are designed as portals for a large library of couriers, and requests generally require nothing more than the name of the courier and an order ID. Other APIs like Shippo offer more diverse and personalized responses, but they can require a slight bit more technical acumen.
Are there examples of free DHL eCommerce APIs?
All of the APIs listed are either free or freemium. Users can track shipments, verify addresses, create shipments, find product information from AliExpress, and more without having to pay anything.
DHL eCommerce API SDKs
All DHL eCommerce APIs are supported and made available in multiple developer programming languages and SDKs including:
- Java (Android)
- C# (.NET)
Just select your preference from any API endpoints page.
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