How to Package Wine to Ship

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How to Package Wine to Ship
Some states prohibit wine bottles from being shipped. (wine bottle and glass image by Bruce Shippee from

According to the Wine Institute, the United States Postal Service will not ship alcoholic beverages. Federal Express (FedEx) or the United Parcel Service (UPS) will ship wine bottles, but any individual or business that ships wine must be authorised to do so in accordance with federal and/or state laws. Wine shipments must also meet specific packaging requirements before transit to ensure that the bottles are secure and virtually unbreakable. Properly packaged wine bottles can absorb shocks and vibrations and will not break while in transit.

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Things you need

  • Inner packaging
  • Corrugated cardboard box
  • Air-cushioned cling film
  • Loose-fill packaging material
  • Shipment labels

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    Purchase a UPS- or FedEx-accepted inner packaging for your wine bottles. Both carriers recommend moulded fibre trays, folded corrugated cardboard trays or expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam as acceptable wine-packaging materials. These inner packaging types can hold from one to nine bottles of wine.

  2. 2

    Place your wine bottles in air-cushioned plastic to further protect them during transport. Place each individually wrapped bottle in the partition of the inner packaging.

  3. 3

    Place your inner packaging into a larger box made of corrugated cardboard. Place loose-fill foam packaging material between the inner packaging and the larger box to further protect the wine bottles.

  4. 4

    Affix a mandatory UPS alcoholic beverages shipping label to your package. Also add any additional labels that the destination state may require.

Tips and warnings

  • According to FedEx, simply using a box with loose-fill and air-cushioned packaging is not sufficient for shipping wine bottles. The materials may shift and settle while in transit, and the bottles can be damaged. It is essential to have the bottles completely immobilised within a separate inner packaging.

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