How to send Sake to a friend or relative

With Sake becoming more and more popular every year, an increasing number of people is interested in how to pack and ship Sake, also known as Japanese rice wine. If you are one of these people, you can read the article below and find out all you need to know about shipping Sake abroad or within your own country. If you would like to send other alcohol, then check out the related pages about shipping beer and shipping wine

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How to send sake with Eurosender?

Before you book the service with Eurosender and start packing your Sake, check the following tips:

  • To determine the exact price of your shipment, it is necessary to assess the dimensions and weight of the parcel. For this, you can use our free Dimensions tracker and within minutes you will know the correct size of your package.
  • Keep in mind that you must print and paste the label to the package by yourself when shipping from Spain, Poland or Sweden.
  • Always be sure that you are present on the delivery address at the time of delivery. Make sure that you place the order at least 2 days prior to departure. If that’s not possible, make sure that someone else is present at the delivery address to receive the shipment.

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Alcohol shipping in Europe

When shipping alcohol, make sure you understand certain legal limitations and restrictions for sake delivery with a courier. Check the rules and regulations in the pick-up and delivery county. The rules can differ from country to country

How to pack and ship Sake

When you want to pack and ship Sake, be aware that most courier services do not recommend shipping alcohol. This is because alcohol is often in glass bottles and therefore fragile. However, people do send these items and when you know how to pack and ship Sake the right way, you reduce the chances that of your item being damaged. In the guide below you can find all materials and instructions you need to pack and ship Sake.

Note: It is possible to buy special wine mailboxes. However, they are often pricey and not available everywhere. That’s why the instructions below do not include the use of wine mailboxes.

The following packaging materials are essential:

  1. Three cardboard boxes with a consecutive capacity to place the bottles in. It doesn’t matter whether they are old or new, most important is that they are sturdy and without damage. (such as missing parts, holes or tears)
  2. Supplementary Cardboard to protect your bottles inside of the box and prevent them from grinding each other. (This is only necessary when you send more than one bottle)
  3. Wrapping and Cushioning materials to wrap the bottle of Sake. Bubble wrap is the usual go-to material for most people but if you don’t have any you can also use paper, more cardboard or a towel. Besides this, you need cushioning material to fill up the boxes. You could use packing peanuts, shredded paper or something else.
  4. Plastic Ziplock bags to protect your bottles against leakage in case the bottle for whatever reason opens in the box. When this happens, the liquid might damage other packages and the additional costs have to be paid by you.
  5. Adhesive tape: to seal the boxes and to wrap the bubble wrap.
  6. Scissors or a Stanley knife to cut and adjust the size of the materials.

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Instructions on how to pack and ship Sake.

With the instructions below it will be a breeze to pack your Sake properly.

  1. (Bubble) wrap the bottle of Sake to absorb the shocks it endures while being on transport. Don’t forget to put the bottle in a Ziplock bag before wrapping it. When you don’t have bubble wrap you can use paper, cardboard flaps or (paper) towels. When everything’s wrapped, make sure that you seal it with adhesive tape
  2. Put the bottle in the first (smallest) box. First, cover the bottom of the box with packing peanuts or any other cushioning material. After that place the bottle in the box and fill up the sides and top with the cushioning material. Grab your tape and seal the box. When you ship more than one bottle of Sake, divide the bottles with additional cardboard so that they don’t damage each other.
  3. Put the first (smallest) box into the second one. Next, you do the same as before: fill the box with cushioning material and seal it with tape.
  4. Secure the second box. You can either wrap the box in bubble wrap, just like you did with the bottle, or you can attach slabs of bubble wrap on the side, bottom and top of the box with tape. This will give the shipment an extra layer of protection against external factors that might damage it.
  5. Insert everything in the third box. Fill the bottom of the third box with cushioning material, place the secured second box inside of it and fill up the box with cushioning material.
  6. Seal and label the box. Seal the box with tape, paying special attention to the flaps and corners of the box. When living in Spain, Poland and Sweden don’t forget to print the label and place it on top of the box.

You can also add warnings like “Fragile” or “Handle with care” on the top of your Sake packaging. Even though this might increase the chances that the package will be handled with care, bear in mind that the courier is not obliged to take this warning into consideration when handling your shipment.

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Why do people pack and ship Sake?

With the increasing popularity of Japanese culture, the demand for Japanese products has risen. Things like sushi, manga and Sake are now known worldwide and with that, the demand for transport has increased. Take a look at the reasons we heard for sending Sake by courier.

  • Exotic present: Even though Sake is becoming increasingly popular, it is still an exotic drink when comparing it to for example whiskey or traditional wine from grapes.
  • Availability: Sake is not as widely available as other, more common, alcoholic drinks. Therefore, you might not be able to buy the Sake you want in your local store. Now you can ask one of your friends or family to send you the desired bottle of Sake with Eurosender.
  • Health benefits: Sake has numerous proven health benefits such as prevention of high blood pressure, diabetes and Alzheimer. Also, Sake prevents being overweight and reduces the risk of cancer. Please keep in mind that these health benefits only apply when drinking in moderation.
  • Price: There might be (huge) price differences between your local liquor store and shops in other countries. In that case, you can consider shipping your Sake with Eurosender.
Shipping alcohol in Europe

In the shipping, world liquids are considered as dangerous goods, which means that if such packages are not handled 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 too.

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 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.
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