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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:

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#1 Comment By Likethetree On May 28, 2017 @ 1:59 pm

Antacids? Am I missing something?

#2 Comment By Anonymous On May 28, 2017 @ 2:56 pm

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!)

#3 Comment By James On May 28, 2017 @ 3:29 pm

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.

#4 Comment By Matt in Oklahoma On May 28, 2017 @ 2:29 pm

Good info

#5 Comment By Roger D On May 28, 2017 @ 2:38 pm

Very interesting. Of course this could never happen in America. Yea right…

#6 Comment By Dub On May 28, 2017 @ 2:58 pm

Antacids and milk are used to wash out the eyes to lessen the effects of pepper spray.

#7 Comment By DBCooper On May 28, 2017 @ 3:15 pm

Sounds like a budding black market !! DB.

#8 Comment By Rod On May 28, 2017 @ 6:33 pm

If medical antacids are banned there is still the option to fall back on the ultimate antacid, baking soda (bicarbonate soda).

#9 Comment By Brad On May 28, 2017 @ 6:34 pm

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”!

#10 Comment By RobertsonWest On May 28, 2017 @ 8:16 pm

So I’m assuming firearms are off the table?

#11 Comment By RobertsonWest On May 28, 2017 @ 8:21 pm

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.

#12 Comment By evilclonetwin On May 28, 2017 @ 10:04 pm

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.

#13 Comment By Jeff H On June 11, 2017 @ 10:06 pm

Baby shampoo helps. I’m contains a mild topical anesthetic which helps lessen the burn until it can all be cleaned off.

#14 Comment By Mesaman On May 29, 2017 @ 11:25 am

Interesting. I hope that when SHTF in our country, these items are allowed by the powers that be.

#15 Comment By J.D. On May 29, 2017 @ 12:13 pm

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?

#16 Comment By Cathy On May 29, 2017 @ 8:38 pm


All I have found on initial search.

#17 Comment By Prior Intel dude On May 29, 2017 @ 8:47 pm

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].

#18 Comment By Hugh James Latimer On May 29, 2017 @ 9:18 pm

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.

#19 Comment By Bob On May 30, 2017 @ 4:33 pm

I found this.

#20 Comment By TJ-C On May 30, 2017 @ 5:05 pm

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!

#21 Comment By Terry On June 1, 2017 @ 3:10 am

UPS has a similar list of banned items:

#22 Comment By MHL On June 2, 2017 @ 2:12 pm

DHL may no longer be accepting goods for transport to Venezuela, but according to Bloombdrg News this morning the protesters are finding ways around the government’s ban.