Shipping beer

Discussion in 'Trade Talk' started by twizzard, May 23, 2013.

  1. twizzard

    twizzard Crusader (726) May 11, 2013 New York
    Beer Trader

    I've got a good fiend in Santa Cruz willing to ship me some Pliney the Elder. My question is, will UPS or FedEx ship if they know what their shipping? Is there a 'cute/legal way around any regulations prohibiting its shipment?
  2. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    No, they will not ship if they know you are trying to ship beer. As they say, what they don't know won't hurt them.
  3. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

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  4. rauchfest

    rauchfest Initiate (0) Sep 5, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Go USPS and DADT.
  5. Michigan

    Michigan Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 Michigan

    Why would anyone do this ever?
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  6. rauchfest

    rauchfest Initiate (0) Sep 5, 2008 Pennsylvania

    did you read the post.
  7. Michigan

    Michigan Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 Michigan

    yes. It's illegal to ship beer via USPS (The United States Postal Service). That's why I ship via UPS or FedEx.
  8. DrinkSlurm

    DrinkSlurm Poo-Bah (1,817) Oct 3, 2007 New York

    I ship groundwater samples for a living every day...don't tell them what's in the package and place the container in a zip lock bag (if one breaks and liquid spills out they will hold it or send it back). Have your buddy send me one too!
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  9. RickS95

    RickS95 Poo-Bah (1,515) Mar 19, 2004 Indiana

    Apparently, I've been wrong all these years. I thought USPS wouldn't ship alcohol, but Fedex and UPS would. My beer of the month club packages come UPS.
  10. BeerMeInStl

    BeerMeInStl Aspirant (205) Jan 26, 2013 Missouri

    When I ship with Fedex they don't even ask me what's in the box. With UPS I told them that it was Soy Sauce.
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  11. standardcherry

    standardcherry Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2011 Massachusetts

    You can ship through UPS/Fedex if you have a license to do so. 99.9% of beer traders do not have said license. The place where you bought your beer of the month does.
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  12. paulys55

    paulys55 Zealot (587) Aug 2, 2010 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Just make sure your friend packs it properly and you should be good to go. A quick search on this site will help with packing and shipping tips. Worst case scenario is that it will be confiscated or returned or, if Ace Ventura is delivering it, the beer will be damaged. But I have mailed hundreds of boxes of beer, many to CA and AK and have not had one issue. Good luck.
  13. TheBeerDad

    TheBeerDad Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2012 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    They also have a license to operate in that way, we (ba members in general) do not.
  14. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,576) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    Make sure each bottle is wrapped up really well in bubble wrap, surrounded by packing peanuts and double boxed. My last 2 trades each had broken bottles. I swear they (UPS and FedEx) are kicking and throwing these boxes into and out of the trucks to break bottles with how well they have been packed.
  15. DropDead

    DropDead Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2013 Illinois

    I believe the only 'advantage' of USPS is that they need to go through a process to open you package if they find it suspicious while private guys like fedex/ups can open up your box if they so please. Or maybe my info is outdated and they changed this lol
  16. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    My shipment from OK to Cali via USPS got hung up like two dogs in heat somewhere in the middle of New England for a week. Won't use 'em again. Don't put a smiley sticker on the box sayin' "This is contraband" and you'll be fine. Most everyday worker bees don't have the energy, time nor inclination to "citizens' arrest" yer innocuous shipment of beer.
  17. j47paco

    j47paco Initiate (111) Dec 19, 2010 California
    Beer Trader

    I've shipped A LOT of "olive oil" in the last few years using both FedEx and UPS without any problems. That's IF they even ask in the first place.
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  18. KingforaDay

    KingforaDay Defender (665) Aug 5, 2010 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    Telling them you are shipping beer is the equivalent of answering "I am under 18" on a beer or porn site. You'll be the 1st person to ever do it.
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  19. Hopsiam14

    Hopsiam14 Devotee (467) Jan 23, 2013 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    That's a lotta soy sauce :wink:
  20. Jparkanzky

    Jparkanzky Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2011 Ohio

    I ship from my local shop I can insure it for more than $100 if needed (if I want to, but I don't pack like an idiot so it's not a problem) I say it's 'beer' if I need to ensure it, because that's what it is. It's not always "illegal" despite the great myth that says otherwise.
  21. lsummers

    lsummers Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2010 California

    I just shipped a ton with ups from my old home to my current home.. I didn't pack it the best either, and it still arrived perfectly fine.
  22. jncastillo87

    jncastillo87 Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2013 Texas

    Cant believe this place will send me a 5 gallon keg of Sierra Nevada torpedo or pale ale.. This must be a birthday request.
  23. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Poo-Bah (2,134) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    What I do is print the UPS label at home from Then I just drop it off, no questions asked. But in general they've never really asked me what's in the box. Just depends who you get I suppose.
  24. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

    I ship through work most of the time, but when it comes to trading with folks I'm not supposed to ship to, I will bring the package and say it's hot sauce from my pepper garden.