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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.