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Guide to Setup DHL Account Specific Connection at AfterShip

At present, brands prefer to get updates on their shipments via account-specific slug because they get higher rate limits for a smooth experience.

To track shipments seamlessly, DHL account holders can use dhl-api slug after establishing a connection with AfterShip. Also, apply for a higher rate limit if they are not satisfied with the current one (250 calls per day). Here’s how the whole process works:

➡️ Steps to acquire the DHL API key to establish a connection with AfterShip

Click on this link and enter your login credentials

Navigate to the ‘My Apps’ section and click on it > Hit the ‘+ Create App’ button

Provide the required details in the vacant fields and choose the ‘Shipment Tracking -Unified’ option from the dropdown menu of the ‘SELECT APIS’ section

Tap on the ‘Create App’ button to finish the procedure

Congrats! Your app is created with a rate limit of 250 requests per day. Well, click on your created app to copy the API key for establishing a connection with AfterShip

Now, log in to your AfterShip account > Go to 'Settings' and select 'Carriers'

Switch to 'Require carrier connections' > Click on 'DHL Express' and then select 'dhp-api' > Hit the 'Connect' button and paste the copied API key to establish a connection with AfterShip

Ta-da! It's done

Now, let's check how you can get higher rate limit for smooth shipment tracking.

➡️ Steps to get a higher rate limit

Go to the ‘My Apps’ section again and click on your app

You’ll see a page with the option of ‘Upgrade rate Limit’ which you need to click

Now, you’ll land on the upgrade request form that you must fill up

To figure out how much rate limit your DHL account should be having, use this formula:

✓ Daily shipment count: Enter your daily DHL shipment account. We suggest mentioning the highest shipment count that you’ve ever had with DHL

✓ 5 is for the average shipment active state of DHL (from booking until delivered)

✓ 24/6 is for 6 hrs crawling frequency in 24 hr (4 times a day)

While filling out the form, click on the checkbox given for ‘Send yourself a copy’ so that no confusion takes place with DHL regarding the rate limit

Hit the ‘Send message’ button. You are likely to receive an email from DHL about needing a few additional details or confirming the new rate limit, so reply accordingly

Voilà! You’ve got a higher rate limit for better tracking experience with AfterShip

Updated on: 01/06/2022

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