Wine Shipping/Wine Shipping Crates
How to Ship Wine
Starting with wine shipping boxes from Erdie will help give your wine maximum protection in transit. But which carriers are best for shipping your packaged bottles of wine? Here is a rundown of popular options for how to ship wine economically and reliably.
- UPS handles wine shipments, but you can’t just call them out of the blue and get a delivery scheduled. UPS requires wine shippers to have an existing account, and will need to verify your licensing. In addition, UPS will be limited by state regulations (see the section above, Is It Legal to Ship Wine?), and as a general rule does not ship directly to consumers. Erdie wine crates are approved by UPS for wine shipping. Review the UPS Wine Program details here.
- FedEx also handles wine shipments, and requires an alcohol shipping agreement from the shipper before it will handle a delivery. Shippers should also review FedEx’s labeling, documentation and packaging requirements (review them here). Erdie wine crates are approved by FedEx for wine shipping.
- Some truck lines handle intrastate and/or interstate wine shipments — a good option if you are, for instance, transporting your wine collection to a new residence, or have a large shipment going from your wine shop to an online seller’s distribution warehouse.
- USPS does not handle wine shipments.
However you elect to ship your wine, make sure it is properly insured. No matter how well your wine is packaged, and no matter how experienced and skilled the carrier, things can go wrong. Environmental stress such as exposure to extreme heat and humidity can cause wine to deteriorate, and unexpected impact on the road or in handling is obviously a concern for any item packed in glass.
Is It Legal To Ship Wine?
Not surprisingly, the rules that govern whether it is legal to ship wine are complicated, and vary considerably from state to state. Here are some general guidelines and recommendations you will find useful.
- In every state, it is illegal for consumers to ship wine personally. If you want to make a gift of a bottle of wine from your private collection, or sell one, your best option is to have it shipped by a licensed third party, such as a wine fulfillment service, an auction house or an estate liquidation company.
- For wineries and other licensed wine retailers, carefully review the laws state by state. Here is a reliable resource for determining whether it is legal to ship wine to a particular state. Regulations differ depending on whether the shipment is going to a consumer or to another business (such as a distiller or another wine shop). Some other factors that affect the legality of shipping wine include age of the recipient, the amount being shipped, where the wine was manufactured and bottled, criminal record of the shipper, conformance to shipping regulations and payment of applicable fees. The good news is, there are now 42 states that allow wine to be shipped directly to consumers — up from 27 states in 2005.
- States with the most stringent regulations are Alabama (no direct shipping), Arkansas (very limited direct shipping), Delaware (very limited), Kentucky (very limited), Mississippi (no direct shipping), Oklahoma (no direct shipping), Rhode Island (very limited) and Utah (no direct shipping).
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