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Subject: A non-book question for the PO employees....
Date Posted: 9/26/2007 6:03 PM ET
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My Mom seems to think it's possible to send alcohol via USPS.  But I don't think it is.  I'm trying to find an answer online but my eyes are crossing from trying to find the right section in the hazardous matierals section.  I'm wanting to mail some malt beverages to some friends, ie wine coolers, Mike's and such.

Who knows the right answer, please.


Date Posted: 9/26/2007 8:41 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/26/2007 8:48 PM ET
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That's what I thought but my Mom bought six bottles of wine here (OR) from a wine store and they shipped them for her to NY.  (She was thanking someone for the use of their very nice apartment while she was there and they were out of town.)  So, how did they do it?

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 10:14 PM ET
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It's a very tricky thing, as some states are dry, so it's very hard to send booze over state lines or anywhere. I've never done it before, so I don't know how they would do it.

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 11:56 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/27/2007 10:47 AM ET
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UPS will ship alcohol.

Date Posted: 9/27/2007 11:21 AM ET
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This link is a map of state laws regarding the shipping of wine.  Hope it helps.

ETA - the site also says that both UPS and FedEx have express policies against shipping wine where the sender is an INDVIDUAL. 

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Date Posted: 9/27/2007 1:17 PM ET
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Yup - only a licensed seller of alcohol can ship it, and even then, you can't ship it via USPS. I live in an area with a lot of wineries, and most of them ship via DHL because they have a reputation for being VERY fast which is important with shipping alcohol.

Date Posted: 9/27/2007 5:18 PM ET
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Okay, thanks.  That makes sense.  What was really confusing me is that what I would have liked to mail has a 0.5 alcohol content and I was having trouble deciphering the USPS website enough to figure out if it counts.  I'm pretty sure it does.  Now to see if I cna figure out a plan B.  :-)

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Date Posted: 9/27/2007 5:35 PM ET
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Maybe she can order it from a distributor online and have them ship it?

Date Posted: 9/28/2007 9:08 PM ET
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I know from working in a hotel that some states have agreements with other states that allow alcohol, wine, or beer to be shipped between them, but not all states participate.  I think some states don't allow shipments from other states (at least on an individual level) use it to protect their crops.  I had once had a guy who bought around $1000 of New Jersey wine from us.  Originally we were going to ship it UPS, but it said wine on the packing slip and they refused it.  So it went Fed Ex instead under the guise of beverages.


Date Posted: 9/30/2007 7:10 PM ET
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Speaking of alcohol, once I got the routine, "is anything liquid" question and I asked, "Is bubble bath a liquid?"  She asked if there was any alcohol in it and I said I had no idea.  She had to open it up, unwrap it (it was a gift!) and check the label.  She sloppily retaped the wrapping paper and box.  She said they can't send anything alcohol based on a plane.  The particular stuff I was sending didn't have any.

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Date Posted: 10/1/2007 7:23 AM ET
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Short answer is, you can't.  People who ship alcohol (wineries and such) have special permits to do so, and use certain carriers.  I wanted to do the same thing - ship some wine to the Netherlands, and to some friends in Chicago.  I eventually just had the wine shipped to Chicago from the winery.  Never could get it to the Netherlands...