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Alcohol shipping requirements & resources

Alcohol shipping requirements & resources

Find out who is authorized to ship wine, beer and spirits with FedEx as well as other details and requirements. 

Find out who is authorized to ship wine, beer and spirits with FedEx as well as other details and requirements. 

Who can ship alcohol?
  • Individuals cannot ship alcohol via FedEx
  • Businesses that hold appropriate alcohol licenses (licensees) and are enrolled in the FedEx alcohol shipping program may use FedEx Express, Ground, or Home Delivery to ship to their customers in select states or countries
  • Some states have strict regulations for shipping wine to consumers and some do not allow it
  • FedEx Freight accepts alcohol shipments when both the shipper and recipient are licensed wholesalers, dealers, distributors, manufacturers, or importers
  • If prohibited shipments are inadvertently accepted, customers are responsible for return shipping costs

To see if you're eligible to ship alcohol through the FedEx network and to find out other details, please see the alcohol shipping requirements page.

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Ensure shipment acceptance

Will FedEx ship your wine, beer, or spirits? Depends on your business type, who your recipient is, and where they are.

Acceptance criteria
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Get started with alcohol shipping

There are lots of regulations around shipping alcohol, but we've made it easier. Here's what you need to know.

alcohol Shipping Basics
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International alcohol shipping

Learn the ins and outs of exports, from identifying eligible countries to preparing documentation and calculating costs.

International Tools

Essential help

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Alcohol packaging checklist

Use these packaging tips to make sure your shipment arrives in perfect shape. 

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Alcohol packaging guide

Protect your alcohol in transit by using these approved packing materials.

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Alcohol shipping compliance

You can use ShipCompliant by Sovos to help you navigate regulations, stay compliant with labeling, and generate reports fast.

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Consultative services

Help is available from our alcohol shipping specialists. Contact your FedEx account executive or customer service at 1.800.463.3339 for info.

Temperature-Controlled Wine Shipping from FedEx

Read about our temperature-controlled wine shipping process.

Get the details on how we route wine shipments to make sure they arrive in top shape. Available in California, Oregon, and Washington.

 

Temperature-Controlled Wine Shipping from FedEx
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Save on FedEx shipping by joining a wine association.

Membership can help you grow your business and give you a voice with lawmakers. Plus, you’ll get access to FedEx discounts. 

 

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Your customers can control their deliveries with FedEx.

With FedEx Delivery Manager®, your customers can pick up wine and alcohol shipments on their schedules at more than 6,000 locations.

 

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