Shipping alcohol is one of the more nebulous issues when it comes to travelling and sending care packages. There are two ways of shipping alcohol overseas: the safe and legal way, and the cheaper, but riskier, illegal way. It is illegal to ship alcohol overseas as a personal item, though many attempt to do so anyway. Those who choose to send alcohol by this method often find that their contraband is seized, and they are levied with a heavy fine. However, by spending a little more money in the beginning, you can save yourself a headache by shipping as much alcohol as you'd like through a licensed vendor.
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Things you need
- Alcohol in sealed bottles
- Corrugated cardboard box or wooden crate
- Hammer and 8 1/2-inch nails
- Packaging tape
- Protective package filling
- Bubble wrap
Locate a licensed alcohol vendor or distributor. Request from the store manager that your alcohol parcel be shipped to your desired destination.
Purchase your alcoholic product. Make sure all the alcohol you intend to ship is sealed tightly in its original container. Do not try to move the alcohol into another container since this both compromises the quality of the alcohol and increases the chance of the alcohol spilling during shipment.
Package the bottles for shipping. Wrap all of the alcohol bottles tightly in newspaper.
Line the bottom and sides of the box or crate with the bubble wrap.
Place each bottle of alcohol inside the box. Lay each bottle on its side and leave an inch in between each bottle so the protective packaging material can provide an ample buffer.
Fill the areas around each bottle with the protective packaging filling. Make sure that all empty spaces inside the box are filled.
Cover the top of the bottles with a layer of bubble wrap.
Repeat Steps 4 through 6 if you are adding other bottles in the box or crate.
Seal the box or crate securely with packaging tape or nails, whichever method applies.
Fill out the delivery form or invoice and pay any postage and shipping fees levied by the vendor.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure that the alcohol is packaged securely before it is shipped. A good way to test for this is to gently shake the package. If you hear a loud clinking sound, the package is probably not secured.
- Do not try to cram more bottles into the box or crate than can comfortably fit. Likewise, do not select a box that is too large for your bottles.