Shipping Alcohol

Shippo supports shipping alcohol in the United States via UPS & FedEx, and in Australia via Couriers Please.

Shipping beer, wine, and alcohol isn't as simple as dropping it off at your local post office (USPS will not ship alcohol). For the carriers that do support Alcohol, there are extras required, like special messaging on labels and adult signature required confirmation. 

At Shippo, we make this process as simple as possible - if you have a supported account with UPS and/or FedEx, simply designate a shipment as containing alcohol and we take care of the description, special label, and confirmation type.

UPS Requirements

  • You must have both an account and an alcohol shipping agreement with UPS. If you don’t have one set-up yet, you can contact your account representative or find more information on UPS’s website:
  • You must have a license to ship alcohol according to federal and state laws.
  • You must properly prepare the package according to UPS and origin/destination state guidelines:
    • Document the shipment as containing alcohol.
    • Properly package and clearly label the shipment.
    • Require an adult signature at delivery. It can not be dropped off or delivered to anyone under the age of 21.

FedEx Requirements

  • You must have both an account and an alcohol shipping agreement with FedEx. If you don’t have one set-up yet, you can contact your account representative or find more information on FedEx's Website.
  • You must have a license to ship alcohol according to federal and state laws.
  • You must properly prepare the package according to UPS and origin/destination state guidelines:
    • Document the shipment as containing alcohol.
    • Properly package and clearly label the shipment.

CouriersPlease Requirements

  • You must abide by your state’s regulations around advertising and selling alcohol online.
  • You must clearly mark on your parcel that it contains alcohol.
  • You must properly prepare the package using strong packaging.

Creating an Alcohol Shipment

You can designate that a shipment contains alcohol during the label creation process

  • Web App Users
  • API Users 

Web App Users

Web App users can designate that a shipment contains alcohol on the Order Details page by first selecting the “Shipment contains alcohol” check-box in the ADD-ONS section and then selecting the recipient type (consumer or licensee).

API Users

API users can add the "alcohol" shipment extra for label purchases to facilitate shipping alcohol. Please refer to our full reference for more information.

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