Letter: Venezuela Update


I own a shipping store and just received this today from DHL, a primary international carrier. I found the content interesting as providing some insight as to what a failing government considers to be threats in the hand of its citizens! – R.B.

Prohibited Items Into Venezuela

Date: May 26, 2017
Due to ongoing unrest in Venezuela, this emergency security directive is to be put in place effective immediately in all facilities:
The following is an updated list of items that are prohibited in being shipped to Venezuela (VE) under any service offering. Please note these are in addition to current standard DHL prohibited items and Venezuela Country specific prohibited commodities. Immediate enforcement of these prohibitions is mandatory, with no exceptions:

  • Gas Masks
  • Bullet Proof & Personal Protection Vests
  • Police / Personal Shields
  • Police Type Batons
  • Air, Paint, BB Guns & Related Ammunitions
  • Sling Shots of Any Type
  • Crossbows Arrows
  • Telescopic Sights
  • Fishing Sinkers
  • Drones
  • Pepper Spray
  • Mace
  • First Aid Kits
  • Eye Drops
  • Surgical Robes / Gowns Medical / Surgical Gauze
  • Antacids
  • Tasers / Electroshock Weapon
  • Roller Balls & Ball Bearings (Metallic/Rubber)
  • Marbles (of any Type and Material)
  • Items Containing Compressed Gas / Air
  • Knives of Any Type / Class (includes Machetes & Axes)
  • Protective Sporting Goods
  • Camouflage Items
  • Helmets of Any Type
  • Chest Protectors / Breastplates
  • Protective Gloves (Latex. Rubber, Surgical)
  • Protective Goggles
  • Disposable / Surgical Masks
  • Ski Masks
  • Golf Balls
  • Baseballs
  • Baseball Bats
  • Face Masks / Protectors
  • Elbow & Knee Protectors


    1. Maalox mixed with dish soap is said to partially relieve and wash off the topical burning sensation associated with pepper spray. Not sure this is the reason antacids are prohibited. (you don’t get the same effect from oral pepcid, that’s for sure!)

    2. Pretty sure if crushed and mixed with water, antacids help reduce the irritation from pepper spray. Works as a base… same reason milk over the eyes helps. Could be wrong but I believe that’s what the ban is for.

  1. As having been pepper sprayed before, in training, only large amounts of water help. Milk doesn’t work… Just try not to let the water “run” over your body, it can spread the “feeling”!

  2. To translate:

    We are the tyrannical oppressors and our efforts to reign supreme in this socialist utopia are being stymied only by your willingness to resist. These are the items that are allowing your resistance against our wishes for you to have a measure of success…ergo, you cannot possess, or acquire them.

  3. Oh yes…. the shower after the pepper spraying.
    Lots of water and mild soap after rinsing really well.
    Never heard of or tried milk or antacid. Flour was suggested, not sure that would be a good idea though.

  4. I’m sorry, but have any other DHL shippers verified this article? I’m so tired of fake news that I would like to know for sure that this isn’t some new “urban myth” that is starting to go around.

    And what business is it of DHL what I ship to a friend in need?

  5. Where is the name associated with the original artical? If its REAL then there would be a name of office in DHL th call to ask questions. [content removed by editor].

    1. The SurvivalBlog editor’s have the name. However, as a matter of OPSEC, we do not publish the names of contributors unless they specifically request it. If you look back through SurvivalBlog’s archives, you will find very few articles with names associated with them.

  6. I have had contact with a Doctor who is from my home town and has been doing missionary work in Venezuela for about 20 years. Several months ago, when I became aware of the crisis in that country and the starving children and their parents, I sent him a message asking if there was anything I could send to help. i was told that anything sent through the mail would most likely be taken by postal employees or confiscated by authorities. I couldn’t even send band-aids or powdered baby food. I felt helpless and discouraged….imagine how those families feel who are watching their children starve. It breaks my heart!

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