Shipping alcohol in Europe with a courier company

Whether you are a culinary traveller exploring the alcoholic beverages of the world or you just want to send a gift to your friend in another country, using a courier service for shipping alcoholic drinks domestically or internationally is many times the most practical solution. At Eurosender we will give you all the information and many tips on how to pack and ship alcoholic beverages safely around Europe or around the world. Check our page and ship wine, whiskey, rum or any other alcoholic drinks abroad by mail or courier.


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

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

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Get informed on how to pack your alcoholic drinks for shipping.

 

When choosing Eurosender this is all you have to do! After booking the shipping service, you will just have to make sure that your alcoholic drinks are properly packed for safe transit and leave the rest to us. At Eurosender, we will organize the pickup and the delivery of the package and make sure to solve any potential problems that may come up. As you see, 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 you ship alcoholic beverages domestically or internationally make sure you:

  • Measure your package well. Normally a bottle can be easily sent by our Standard Service when properly packed. However, if you wish to require a special delivery service or if your shipment includes more items and became too big or too heavy for standard delivery, feel free to ask us for an individual offer. Our team of experts will be more than happy to assist you and find the perfect fit for your delivery of alcoholic drinks such as wine, tequila, rum or vodka.

 

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  • Be present during the pickup or delivery. In case you won’t be available on the set date, ask someone you trust to deliver the package to the courier driver for you or to receive the package at the destination address. Alternatively, you can also provide a delivery address such as your workplace or the house of a relative.
  • Are you planning to send alcohol as a gift? Many people love to collect different alcoholic beverages not only because of all the different tastes but also because of some collectable bottles or cans. If you are planning to ship an alcoholic drink as a gift to a friend or a relative, make sure to book the pickup some days in advance to make sure that no delays can keep your package from being delivered on time. Check our tool under to estimate the delivery time of your package:

 

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Should you have by now any questions about the services we provide for shipping and delivering alcoholic beverages in Europe or around the world, do not hesitate in contacting us! Our friendly Customer Support team is always available to give you informed advice and tips on how to ship everything.

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Which packaging materials to use when shipping alcohol by courier?

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 heavyweight. 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 a parcel including alcoholic drinks 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. The 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 middlebox 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 middlebox 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 additional security of the box. Print the label and attach it, if needed (when shipping from Spain, Poland, and Sweden).

 

Shipping alcohol in Europe

In the shipping world liquids are considered as dangerous goods, and are, therefore, non-recommended to ship, which means that if such packages are not handled with care, they can cause harm in transit and added costs to you. However, shipping alcoholic beverages is still possible, but you will be doing it at your own responsibility. That’s why you have to really take care of how to properly package bottles of beverages for shipping to ensure maximum security during 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. By choosing the right packaging materials and securing the bottles well, you will avoid any damages during transportation and ensure safe delivery.

 

If you have any additional questions regarding the booking process or the rules for shipping alcohol in Europe, do not hesitate to contact our friendly customer support team. Our experts will guide you through the whole booking process, advise you about the best services and give you tips to pack and ship safely alcoholic drinks abroad.

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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.