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How to Legally Ship Alcohol Products via FedEx

In this article, we will make shipping your alcohol a little bit easier. We will guide you on how to legally ship alcohol items to your customers. You will see how checking few boxes in the WooCommerce FedEx Shipping Plugin can automatically create shipping labels for alcohol shipments. This way you can let FedEx know that you are shipping alcohol items. Moreover, you can automatically share the shipment tracking details with your customers.

FedEx ships more than 10 million packages every day. This makes FedEx one of the most successful shipping companies in the world. Both consumers and business owners use the various FedEx services in order to ship their parcels. Items like the clothing materials, toys, books, and electronic products can be easily shipped with almost no restrictions. However, while FedEx allows people to ship most items there are some items that need special permissions. In order to ship alcohol items, store owners need to follow the guidelines provided by FedEx. They have to satisfy the requirements and forms for items such as spirits, wine, and other alcoholic items.

So, without any further delay let us get on with the article.

Follow these basic guidelines to ship alcohol

The foremost step to ship an alcohol item is the check whether you satisfy requirements for the shipping permit. Depending on your state you may need the approval of the local board.

Get the permit from your local state board

The first step is to check whether you qualify for the license or not. For example, you need to be more than 21 years old to ship alcohol. Again, these rules will depend on the local state board. Now that you are qualified to ship alcohol, you have to decide the type of alcohol you will ship. Following is a small list of alcohol license types:

  • Restaurant Retail Liquor
  • Club Liquor—Classes I and II
  • Retail Beer (on or off premises)
  • Liquor Wholesale
  • Wholesale Beer

After selecting the type of alcohol you have to contact an executive from the alcohol board and then apply for the license. They will guide you through the entire process and help you get the final license.

Sign the FedEx agreement to ship alcohol

Now that you can legally ship alcohol, you just have to agree to the terms and conditions laid out by FedEx. You will need a valid FedEx account number before you can further proceed. If you don’t have a FedEx account then kindly follow this link. After that, you have to provide FedEx with a copy of the alcohol license from a state or local licensing board.

Note – FedEx does not allow consumers to ship alcohol. Alcohol can only be shipped from a licensee to another licensee. So, both the shipper and recipient should be either licensed wholesalers, licensed dealers, licensed distributors, licensed manufacturers or licensed importers. However, you may be allowed to ship wine and some other type of alcoholic items directly to the customers.

After getting the copy from the board you have to complete the FedEx Alcohol Shipping agreement. This agreement can be obtained by contacting your FedEx account executive. He or she will help you complete the authorization process. Moreover, a new FedEx Alcohol Shipping agreement will be required to be completed for each shipment containing alcohol item.

WooCommerce FedEx Shipping Plugin
Shipping Wines and Alcohol

How to Pack the Shipments Correctly

After signing the FedEx agreement, you should pack your alcohol shipment using the FedEx approved materials. They recommend you to use molded polystyrene for the alcohol or wine items. FedEx will also allow alcohol shipments packed with the pulp dividers and die-cut corrugated units. You can pack the outside of the box with a heavy corrugated cardboard.

How does the WooCommerce FedEx Shipping plugin help ship alcohol

The WooCommerce FedEx Shipping Plugin is the complete solution for all your shipping needs. By using this shipping plugin shop owners can easily ship alcohol items to their customers.

Choose recipient type at the product level

Store owners can either choose to ship alcoholic beverages to the licensee or any customer. Under Shipping section of Edit Product page, you have the option to choose the recipient type. You can choose from the two options – CONSUMER and LICENSEE. Refer the following image for the same:

WooCommerce FedEx Shipping Plugin
Choose the recipient here

You need to choose the Delivery Signature as Adult in the FedEx plugin settings page. This is required for the final delivery of the package. By following this simple rule the parcel will not go into the hands of someone who is not over 21. Moreover, FedEx will need proper identification and signature of the receiver. You can refer to the following article to know more about how to ship with FedEx.

Print shipping labels signifying that the package contains alcohol

After you have chosen the Delivery Signature as Adult, you need to further define the create the shipment and print the shipping labels for the same. Please refer to the following video for the same.

In the video shown above, you can see that the shipping label clearly signifies that the parcel contains alcohol products. In the label, the term ASR corresponds to Adult Signature Required. This way FedEx can easily figure out the package. You can check out the sample label generated by the plugin.

WooCommerce FedEx Shipping Plugin
Shipping label indicating alcohol

Final thoughts…

Since there are a lot of restrictions surrounding the shipment of alcohol, you can still manage to send via FedEx. You just need to follow all guidelines and make sure that the package is secured. When it comes to print the shipping labels, the WooCommerce FedEx Shipping plugin seems to simplify the process. Meanwhile, store owners can also make use of other features such as such as shipping labels, showing estimated delivery dates to the customers, shipment tracking, and much more.

If you have any query regarding this article or the integration of WooCommerce FedEx Shipping plugin with your WooCommerce then feel free to share your views in the comment section below. We will be more than happy to help you understand how this plugin can work together in fulfilling your shipping requirements.

Or in case you are wondering what more does the WooCommerce FedEx Shipping plugin serve, I would request you to kindly check out the WooCommerce FedEx Shipping Plugin. If you need assistance regarding our plugins, you can also contact our support team. We are always happy to help.

Last Updated On January 14, 2019