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Jason Horlacher 01-27-2008 02:04 PM

How do you legally ship beer?
 
I have some homebrewed beers I want to ship for evaluation and to send to family. I am stationed in Germany and can only use USPS. If I go on base and ship them illegally---my a** is grass!


Any help would be appreciated.

Soulive 01-27-2008 02:06 PM

If USPS is your only choice, then you can't legally ship any beer. With carriers like UPS/Fedex/DHL, its against policy to ship alcohol but not against the law...

Chris_Dog 01-27-2008 02:44 PM

I don't even think you can ship beer legally by UPS or FedEx to a different country... IE Germany to the US

olllllo 01-27-2008 08:53 PM

You need to go through a company that can clear customs like BAX global maybe.

PeteOz77 01-28-2008 03:04 AM

I have done a few beer swaps with a bloke inTexas. We have both just packaged the bottles very well, then claimed they were "Barbeque Sauce" If the bottles are brown and have no labels, I doubt they will open them to inspect the contents. This worked for USA-AUS and AUS-USA both directions.

scottthorn 01-28-2008 02:33 PM

Beer? No, no no... Those are yeast samples in solution! ;)

Jason Horlacher 01-28-2008 04:06 PM

When you put "Yeast Samples"...doesnt that just make it stand out more?
Doesn't the person at the counter know right off what your shipping?
Or is that the "legal" loophole?

shunoshi 01-28-2008 06:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jason Horlacher
When you put "Yeast Samples"...doesnt that just make it stand out more?
Doesn't the person at the counter know right off what your shipping?
Or is that the "legal" loophole?

I don't mark the package with anything. In fact, I've never had someone ask what I was shipping. I've never shipped internationally though. Depending on the country and their laws it could be quite illegal.

If UPS was to ask me, I'd just say they were collectibles.

olllllo 01-28-2008 07:08 PM

The OP asked about legally internationally.
You need customs bokerage.

Find the world beer festival rules at beertown.org as a guide.

HBDrinker008 01-28-2008 08:29 PM

I tried shipping via UPS. They told me it is against MN and WI law to ship any kind of alcohol.


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