Shipping cans and bottles of beer across Europe

Do you have friends or family living abroad and would like to send them a bottle of delicious local beer? Are you a small craft beer producer who needs shipping services to deliver the products to customers or trade partners? If you follow certain rules and packaging steps, shipping beer is very simple.

When using a platform like Eurosender, you just need to place the order and the rest is on us. We will organise the shipping of beer together with one of the logistics providers in our network. This way, your only priority will be to properly pack beer bottles or cans for transport. Our team of logistics experts have put together simple and useful tips on how to pack and ship beer. Check them out!

How to ship beer with Eurosender?

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 and ship beer bottles, cans and boxes.


Why shipping with Eurosender?

  • You instantly get the best offer. Our algorithm automatically chooses the best courier provider regarding the price-to-performance ratio.
  • We only cooperate with the most reliable international logistics providers like DHL, DPD, GLS etc.
  • Simple and quick ordering process, which will take only a few minutes of your time.
  • Friendly and professional support team, to give you a hand whenever needed.

Before you book the service with Eurosender and start packing beer bottles or cans, check the following tips:

  • Make sure to check the dimensions and weight of your parcel. Use our dimension calculator below to choose the right service. If your package is too big or heavy for standard shipping, contact us and our team of experts will prepare an individual offer for you.

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  • Check also whether you will need to print and affix the label to the package yourself. This is the case when shipping from Poland, Spain or Sweden.
  • If you are planning to leave the pick-up or delivery address, make sure to place the order few days, at least two, in advance. Make sure someone will be present at the address in the given time frame for collection.

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If you have any questions regarding the booking process or your shipment, feel free to contact our customer support team.

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How to pack and ship beer

Bear in mind that shipping liquids is not recommended by the majority of courier service providers as they are associated with a high risk of leakages or spoilage. So, you are always shipping this kind of items at your own risk. But with proper packaging materials, you can avoid damages and assure safer transport.

You will need the following packaging materials:

1. Three cardboard boxes of different sizes. You can buy them at stationary or hardware shops. You can even use the used ones, but make sure they are strong and sturdy enough to carry the beer bottles or cans. The boxes should be without any dents, holes or tears. You can get them at your local supermarket.

2. Cardboard carton for additional safety. You will use it to prevent friction between bottles or to prevent them from crashing into another during transit.

3. Cushioning and wrapping materials. You can use bubble wrap, paper, polystyrene, packaging peanuts or any other cushioning material. If you can find polystyrene bottle holders, this is also a good option. You can buy these materials at any stationery or hardware store.

4. Plastic bags for extra protection of your beer bottles and other shipments. This will avoid spillage in case they break. Ziplock bags are a good choice.

5. Adhesive tape and rubber band for securing wrapping materials and sealing the boxes.

6. Scissors for cutting the materials.


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.


Tips for packing beer bottles and cans for shipping

With the use of the right packing method, you can avoid the risk of damage during transport and any additional costs it may cause. Broken bottles can damage your parcel as well as to the ones surrounding it. This is something you want to avoid when shipping beer.

Take the following steps to safely pack beer bottles and cans for transport:

1. Wrap the bottles and cans. Put each bottle or can in a plastic bag for extra protection. Wrap each bottle or can separately to protect them from shocks during transport and handling. Use bubble wrap, paper, carton or other material, which can protect against bumps. Secure the wrapping with adhesive tape or rubber band.

2. Put the bottles and cans in the smaller box. Use some cardboard carton to separate the bottles. If you have a polystyrene bottle holder, it is even a better option. Fill the empty space 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.

Alcohol shipping in Europe

When shipping alcohol, make sure you understand certain legal limitations and restrictions. Check the rules and regulations in the pick-up and delivery county. The rules can differ from country to country. The general restrictions in EU countries allow 110 litres of beer per person when travelling. For travellers from a non-EU country to an EU-country one person can carry 16 litres of beer.

4. Protect the middle box. Use polystyrene sheets and attach them to all sides of the cardboard box. This will add an extra layer of protection against any shocks your beer bottles and cans might encounter during transportation. Secure the polystyrene sheets to each side of the box with tape.

5. Put everything into 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. Use enough tape as it also acts as an additional security of the box. Print the label and attach it, if needed.


Shipping beer boxes

Beer boxes are even easier to ship since the bottles and cans are already separated in the box. We recommend the following steps for packing beer boxes:

1. Put a beer box into a cardboard box. The ideal is the box a little bit larger than the beer box. Fill all the empty spaces with filler materials. You can also put a polystyrene sheet on top of the beer box for additional protection in case the box gets turned upside down. This way the bottles may not fall out of the box. Seal the box and secure it with adhesive tape.

2. Protect the smaller box. Use sheets of polystyrene on all sides of the box and attach them with adhesive tape.

3. Put a smaller box into a large one. Add some extra cushioning material to fill the empty space.

4. Close and seal the box. Be generous with adhesive tape to add some extra security.

You can also add warnings like “Fragile” or “Handle with care” on the top of your beer packaging. However 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.

If we have not answered all of your questions regarding the shipping, do not hesitate to contact us. Give us a call or write an e-mail and we’ll get back to you with all the information you need for an easy and pleasant shipping.

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Take into consideration these guidelines when shipping beer. 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 beer bottles, cans or boxes, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transportation of your shipment.

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