Shipping Wine and Alcoholic Beverages

Shipping Alcoholic Beverages

UPS provides alcoholic beverages shipping services for approved customers. Select the links below to learn more about our service.

Important Updates

Effective April 17, 2017

UPS is adding new international destinations for shipments of wine and other specific types of alcoholic beverages as part of the International Special Commodities (ISC) program.

UPS shall provide the ISC Service pursuant to the UPS International Alcohol Shipping Guide. UPS shall have the right to unilaterally modify or amend any requirements for international wine and/or alcohol shipments and/or the UPS International Alcohol Shipping Guide at any time, without prior notice, and for any reason, including to reflect changes in applicable law. The effective versions of such amendments and the UPS International Alcohol Shipping Guide will be found on this page. Customer shall be responsible for keeping up-to-date with, and continuing to comply with, any changes that are made from time-to-time to any documentation, labeling, packaging or other requirements or restrictions referenced in the UPS International Alcohol Shipping Guide.

It is the shipper's responsibility to know and comply with all applicable international laws and regulations.

View UPS International Alcohol Shipping Guide

Who Can Ship Alcoholic Beverages

Who can ship alcoholic beverages via UPS services?

UPS offers shipping of alcoholic beverages (wine, beer, sparkling wine, spirits) on a contract basis only. For shipments containing alcoholic beverages, shippers must sign and enter into an approved UPS agreement for the transportation of alcohol as applicable, must be licensed and must be authorized under applicable law to sell and ship alcohol. 

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UPS Requirements

What are the requirements to ship alcoholic drinks with UPS?

Contractual Service Only 
All shippers who wish to ship alcoholic drinks must sign the UPS ISC Alcohol Shipping Addendum. UPS DOES NOT ACCEPT SHIPMENTS OF WINE FROM SHIPPERS WHO HAVE NOT ENTERED INTO ONE OF THESE AGREEMENTS.

Shipping Solution Requirements

All shipments of wine must be processed for shipment with a UPS Compatible Shipping solution such as WorldShip or CampusShip or any approved third-party vendor system.

Package Preparation

Packaging Requirements

All UPS shipments must meet UPS packaging requirements for wine.  UPS will accept inner packaging of moulded Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam, a folded corrugated tray or a moulded fibre tray.  Each packaging component secures the bottles into the centre of the shipping container away from the side walls of the shipper.  Sturdy outer corrugated containers are required.  You may contact your UPS Sales person for UPS certified wine packaging.

Delivery Confirmation Adult Signature Required

All wine shipments must be made using the UPS Delivery Confirmation Adult Signature Required service. 

Learn how Quantum View Notify enhances your delivery Confirmation Adult Signature Required residential wine shipments.

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Quantum View Notify

  • UPS recommends that wine shippers use Quantum View Notify® for Delivery Confirmation Adult Signature Required wine shipments.
  • UPS sends a shipment notification email to the recipient informing them when the wine shipment will be delivered so that an adult at least 21 years of age can be available to complete the delivery.
  • Quantum View Notify is provided at no additional charge.


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