EasyPost is a multi-carrier shipping solution. The EasyPost API is one integration point for 100+ carriers, including DHL SmartMail. All DHL SmartMail functionality is accessible using the EasyPost API. EasyPost standardizes the inconsistencies across carrier APIs with its RESTful interface.
Thinking of integrating with the DHL directly to ship with DHL SmartMail? There are a number of points to consider that affect cost, performance, and integration times.
First off, the DHL API is a SOAP / XML API. This can introduce problems of its own when attempting to parse responses from their API. Like all major carriers, DHL doesn't have an intuitive API that developers can immediately build an integration with.
Additionally, DHL doesn't provide any supported client libraries for any of their APIs. Regardless your programming language, you'll need to write your own client library to support it.
Info about the DHL SmartMail API can be found on the DHL Integrated Shipping Solutions page. It often takes at least a week to get access to their API, so prepare to wait a bit.
Dealing with DHL directly can take you up to three months to get up and running, if you're lucky. That's where EasyPost comes in.
EasyPost is a multi-carrier API with quick technical support and client libraries for all major programming languages.
The EasyPost API offers the following DHL SmartMail service levels:
Track packages across all major carriers.
Validate domestic and international addresses.
Learn how to handle international shipping seamlessly.
Shipping insurance for all items sent with EasyPost.
QALO uses EasyPost to automate their returns for an unbeatable customer experience.
With EasyPost's API, Expedited Passports & Visas cut their operational load in half.
Casper sped up their European launch thanks to EasyPost's support of over 30+ European carriers.
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Sign up and start shipping in the same day. We have our DHL SmartMail API live and ready for you to test with. We also have extensive client documentation in over six different languages to help you get started. If you have any questions, or if you want to talk logistics, feel free to reach out to one of our shipping experts.