The rules of shipping alcohol in Europe

Shipping alcohol in Europe with a courier company

Whether you are a culinary traveller exploring the alcohol beverages of Europe or you just want to send a gift to your friend, using courier service for shipping alcohol in Europe is an option.

Mailing or shipping bottles of wine, spirits or other alcoholic beverages is possible and at the same time, it carries certain limitations and restrictions.

Shipping alcohol in Europe requires some care and planning. Namely, alcohol is listed among items non-recommended for shipping, as broken bottles can cause damage to your parcel as well as to the ones surrounding it. This may cause additional costs to your shipment. However, it is not impossible to ship your favourite wine or beer to a friend or family as a gift. As long as you correctly prepare your shipment for a safe journey to its final destination.

Before shipping parcel including alcohol, make sure you understand certain legal limitations and restrictions. We have therefore gathered some tips that you should take into consideration before shipping alcohol in Europe. Since these can vary from country to country, you should check the rules and regulations of the pick-up and delivery country before placing an order. If not sure, contact our logistics specialists to assist you.


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You can also check our dedicated pages on how to pack and ship wine or beer and go through the list of prohibited items.

Shipping alcohol in Europe

In the shipping world liquids are considered as dangerous goods, which means that if such packages are not handed with care, they can cause harm in transit. When it comes to alcohol shipping in Europe, most courier companies do not allow the transport of alcoholic beverages. However, there are still some companies that allow shipping alcohol under specific circumstances.

Pay attention that there is a big difference between travelling with alcohol in Europe and shipping alcohol in Europe via a courier company.

There are two factors that shippers should take into consideration when deciding whether they can ship alcohol or not:

  1. The restrictions and prohibitions of each courier company.
  2. The import restrictions and prohibitions of the country they send alcohol to.

At the same time, each European country has its own rules and regulations regarding alcohol shipping. Each country’s import regulations are set by the local government and they are binding by law. We would, therefore, recommend you to search for the rules that apply in the pick-up and delivery countries of your shipment. To give an example, in general any kind of alcohol cannot be shipped to Great Britain and Ireland.

At this point, we should clarify that, although alcohol shipping is not recommended, many people ship bottles of wine, champagne, whiskey and other alcoholic beverages on a daily basis. Being informed about each country’s import rules and learn how to pack parcels containing liquids is essential before sending alcohol in Europe.

Shipping with Eurosender is simple, quick and reliable. All you have to do is:

Choose the pick-up and delivery countries, the number of packages and their weight.

You will be provided with the best available offer.

Fill in the form with your details and pay for the service.

Get informed on how to pack your items for shipping.

Make sure to place an order at least two days prior to the pick-up date and have someone at the address to give the package to the courier.

Check the dimensions and weight of your parcel in the shipment size checker below. If it is too big, too heavy or oddly shaped, ask for an individual offer.

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Which packaging materials to use?


Since you have decided to ship the delicious drops of alcohol drinks, you will need proper packaging materials in order to prevent any damages. Use the following:

  1. Cardboard boxes of various sizes – the boxes you are planning to use need to be sturdy and without any dents in order to handle heavy weight. Instead of using new boxes, you can also get used ones from your local supermarket.
  2. Cardboard carton – you will use it for extra protection to separate the wine bottles in order to prevent friction between bottles or even one bottle crashing into another during transport and handling process.
  3. Wrapping material and plastic bags – bubble wrap is ideal for protecting the glass bottles. It can be bought at any stationery or hardware store. You can also use paper, carton or any other material cushioning instead.
  4. Polystyrene and other cushioning materials, like packing peanuts – it should be thick enough to secure and keep bottles in place.
  5. Scissors and adhesive tape – needed to cut cardboard and for sealing the shipment.

How to prepare parcel including alcohol for shipping?

You will have to carefully secure the bottles since the couriers are not always obliged to handle packages with extra care. By following these steps, your shipment should be properly prepared for shipping:

  1. Wrap each bottle separately. Put each bottle in a plastic bag for extra protection against spillage. Wrap each bottle with the bubble wrap to protect them from shocks during transport and handling. You can also use paper, carton or other material, which can protect against bumps. Secure the wrapping with adhesive tape or rubber band.
  2. Put wrapped bottles in the smaller box. Use some cardboard carton to separate the bottles. Polystyrene bottle holder is even a better option. Fill the empty space between the bottles with packaging peanuts or other cushioning material. Close and seal the box with adhesive tape.
  3. Put the small box into a larger one. Again, fill the empty space with cushioning materials and close and secure the box with adhesive tape.
  4. Protect the middle box with polystyrene sheets. Cut them to the size of the box and attach them to all sides of the cardboard box with tape. This will add an extra layer of protection against any shocks your bottles might encounter during transportation.
  5. Put the middle box in the third box. Fill any empty space left using filler materials. You can also slightly shake your package to see whether you need more cushioning.
  6. Seal and label (if needed) the box. Close the box and seal all the flaps and edges with adhesive tape. Be generous as the tape also acts as an additional security of the box. Print the label and attach it, if needed (when shipping from Spain, Poland, and Sweden).

If you have any additional questions regarding the booking process or shipping alcohol in Europe, do not hesitate to contact our friendly customer support team.

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Take into consideration these guidelines when shipping alcohol in Europe. Nevertheless, please consider that following them does not guarantee that the courier company will transport your package without restriction. In case you decide to ship alcohol, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transportation of your shipment.

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