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Old 03-31-2013, 04:18 PM   #1
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Default Has anyone ever had shipment searched?

I have just arranged for my first two beer trades via the mail. I have heard mixed interpretations of what is technically legal and illegal when it comes to shipping alcohol. Either way, I am going to take my chances

My question is, has anyone ever had their packages inspected, returned and/or seized during shipment? Even with my bottles tightly packed I can clearly hear the liquid shaking inside of the package. I kind of equate this with attempting to smuggle alcohol onto a cruise ship and am curious if the postal service has measures in place to inspect suspicious packages, and if so how often this may occur.

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Old 03-31-2013, 04:23 PM   #2
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Don't ship beer through USPS. It is illegal.

https://www.usps.com/send/can-you-mail-it.htm

Use Fed Ex or UPS.

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Old 03-31-2013, 04:39 PM   #3
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I've never had mine searched. My FedEx people know me pretty well and know what I'm up to but they turn a blind eye to it. Just call it yeast samples if they ever ask what you're shipping. I've never had anything break during transit but it's happened 2 times now with packages being sent to me. As far as I know the people sending them were notified the package was compromised during transit so they had to send the stuff again. Just make sure the box isn't too small for what's being sent and trash bags are your best friend

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Old 03-31-2013, 04:41 PM   #4
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Wineries ship wine by the case all the time. Just find out which shipper they use and use the same. Problem solved (I think, anyways)

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Nope. Theres actually two differences. Wine can be shipped more by businesses because of taxing and businesses in general are permitted to ship because of licensing to do so.

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fed ex and ups have never asked me what I was shipping. I had one break in shipping and ups never said anything like it was against their policy or illegal to ship beer. I've had several beers that were shipped to me that broke, and ups put them in a bag and delivered it. and if it was illegal to ship beer, I doubt homebrew competitions could get away with having entries shipped in. with the number of comps and the number of entries each one gets, someone would have caught on and put a stop to it.

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I was recently in a trade and the person I traded with sent their package through USPS. It had been opened, but nothing was missing.

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I did a trade once where the box i was receiving was damaged in transit (broken bottle) Fedex repackaged and shipped the other bottles.
Really surprised when i saw that actually.

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I had a box from an international trade searched. It contained 2 Westy 12, a Westy 8, and a Westy blonde and all were still in the box. Not sure why customs opened it or if its common practice, but it was rummaged through and repacked like a two year old packed it and was re taped with customs packing tape. Luckily it all made it to me in one piece.

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I have just arranged for my first two beer trades via the mail. I have heard mixed interpretations of what is technically legal and illegal when it comes to shipping alcohol. Either way, I am going to take my chances

My question is, has anyone ever had their packages inspected, returned and/or seized during shipment? Even with my bottles tightly packed I can clearly hear the liquid shaking inside of the package. I kind of equate this with attempting to smuggle alcohol onto a cruise ship and am curious if the postal service has measures in place to inspect suspicious packages, and if so how often this may occur.

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My friend Fedex'd me a box containing 4 Pliny the Elders. By the time it got to me, the box was light as a feather. Somewhere between here and there somebody stole the Pliny.
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