How to Ship Beer Internationally

Send bottles and cans of beer in the mail or by courier

Find the best logistics solutions for shipping beer within Europe or internationally. Check the rules and regulations for sending different quantities of beer by courier. Consult our logistics specialists if you cannot find the information you need for sending bottles and cans of beer overseas and get advice about the lowest-cost transport options.

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Beer and other alcoholic beverages are usually restricted or prohibited items for shipping. Please note that insurance may not apply.


Ship a small case of beer by courier

Transport solutions to consider depending on the size and time-sensitivity of your shipment:
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* Please bear in mind that some courier companies may include beer in their list of prohibited items. For any clarifications, please contact our team of specialists via chat.


How to pack beer bottles and cans before shipping overseas

Pack and ship beer by post in small quantities or as a gift:

  1. Pack each beer bottle in a hermetic plastic bag and place in a cardboard box. You can add a layer of bubble wrap or foam sheets around each bottle for extra cushioning.
  2. If you are sending a six-pack of beer, cover the whole pack in several layers of bubble wrap.
  3. If you are sending bottles with other items in the box, fill the empty spaces between the bottles with other items for extra protection.
  4. Close the box and attach the shipping label, if applicable.
  5. Seal the edges and corners of the box with adhesive tape. You can label it as “fragile” when shipping glass bottles.


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Ship beer in bulk internationally

When transporting larger quantities of beer, especially as a company, you can choose between different shipping services to better match your needs:
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How to pack beer bottles and cans for shipping on a pallet

For companies shipping beer with the pallet delivery service, the best way to ship beer safely to your customers is to prepare the pallet as below:

  1. Pack the bottles or cans in individual boxes following the instructions above for shipping beer in small quantities.
  2. Protect the surface of the pallet with corrugated cardboard.
  3. Place sheets of cardboard or polystyrene between each box of beer to prevent them from knocking against each other.
  4. Place the boxes on top. Make sure that they are not sticking out from the surface of the pallet. Follow the weight specifications of the pallet manufacturer.
  5. Secure the shipment on the pallet with straps and wrap tightly with stretch film or bubble wrap.


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Rules and regulations for shipping beer internationally

Sending beer in the mail or by courier is common practice, even though different restrictions apply in different countries across the globe.

For businesses

The regulations for shipping beer overseas vary depending on the countries of collection and delivery, but in general, freight shipments of beer by licensed producers and retailers are legal and are even covered by CMR insurance. Companies should agree on terms with authorised transporters only.

For individuals

Sending and receiving beer by mail or courier from online stores is legal. However, when it comes to shipping beer internationally as an individual, it is worth noting that most courier companies include alcoholic drinks on their list of restricted and prohibited items. Despite this restriction, many people still send bottles and cans of beer in the mail or by courier at their own risk. We recommend checking the rules and regulations of the pick-up and delivery countries in advance.


FAQ about sending beer via mail or courier

Can I ship beer internationally with every courier company?
It is important to note that not all courier companies will ship beer internationally. For example, DHL, FedEx, TNT and UPS will not ship packages that contain beer within the content. Each courier has specific rules and requirements for different shipments and services, so we recommend checking this further with the designated courier for your route. When booking the Express or Priority shipping services, please make sure not to include these items as the courier will refuse to collect the parcel. If you need further assistance, you can reach us by chat, phone or email before shipping to discuss your options further.
What is the best way to ship beer internationally within the EU?
The best way to send bottles or cans of beer via courier is through our Standard Service. If you are shipping beer within the EU borders, your parcel will not need to go through customs before delivery. You can follow our packing tips above to ensure your beer bottles and cans are properly packed for shipping via courier. Since beer is a great gift idea, people usually pack it in their parcel with other belongings such as clothes. Bear in mind that if you decide to send beer in the mail or by courier, you do so at your own risk.
How much does it cost to send beer overseas?
The price for sending bottles or cans of beer in the mail depends on the distance between the pick-up and delivery destinations, the weight and size of the shipment as well as the urgency and type of transport service selected. You can get a quote for sending bottles or cans of beer by courier to any location home or overseas by entering your shipping information in the booking tool below.
What is the cheapest way to ship beer internationally?
The cheapest way to ship beer internationally by courier is through our Standard Service. You can get a quote by entering your shipping information (pick-up and delivery addresses, parcel dimensions and weight, etc.) in our booking tool below. This option is available to you if you are shipping within the EU.
Is it legal to ship beer from the USA to the UK and vice versa?
For businesses: Although shipping after Brexit is now more complicated than before, it is still possible for licensed companies to ship beer overseas. Whether you are shipping beer from the UK to the USA, to Australia or to Europe, your shipment will be inspected by customs. This means that you will have to pay VAT charges and duties, aside from preparing all the required documentation for the authorities. Businesses can only ship restricted items such as beer with authorised couriers.
For individuals: Beer is included in the restricted and prohibited items list of most courier companies. If you decide to send beer overseas, bear in mind that every shipment sent to or from the UK will pass through customs and if any prohibited item is discovered, the package may be returned to the sender instead of being delivered to the recipient.
Does shipping insurance apply when transporting beer overseas?
Almost every service booked on the Eurosender platform is covered by basic insurance, which is already included in the price. However, beer and other restricted items are not covered by shipping insurance. Therefore, if you decide to send beer as an individual in the mail or by courier, you do so at your own risk. Check the full list of restricted and prohibited items.

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Take these guidelines into consideration when sending bottles or cans of beer in the mail or by courier. Nevertheless, please consider that following them does not guarantee that the courier company will transport your package without restriction. If you decide to ship beer overseas, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transport of your shipment.