Spirits in the Mail


There are many options swirling about in the sea of ideas for enhancing Postal Service finances. While some may be more reasonable than others, one option could help lift USPS spirits.

Shipping beer and wine in the mail isn’t a new concept. In fact, it was tucked inside legislation introduced by Congress just last year. While the 2012 legislative action ended with disappointing results, some lawmakers are revisiting that option as they mull over the future of USPS.

Banned since 1909, allowing the shipment of spirits in the mail could help add new revenue opportunities for USPS. Both FedEx and UPS are currently permitted to ship such items, so long as they follow state and federal guidelines for doing so. If the Postal Service managed to throw its hat in the ring as potential shipping contenders, customers could realize a substantial savings that would help boost their own bottom line as well that of USPS’s.

Options such as specially designed shipping containers and flat rate pricing could be introduced to help interested shippers with the transportation of their products. Online sellers could also take advantage of Internet-based discounts, label printing options, and tracking services that help make USPS one of the most competitive shippers in the industry.

While Congress has yet to make a determination on the financial intricacies of USPS operations, shipping spirits still has the potential to be a lucrative prospect.

What challenges or opportunities do you see in allowing the shipment of beer and wine through USPS?



  1. Anonymous

     /  July 13, 2013

    Drinking on the job… an opportunity and a challenge 😉

  2. Postal worker

     /  July 13, 2013

    Seems like a potential revenue opportunity. With so many local wineries popping up in most state, I am sure there are many people who would ship USPS. The specialty shipping containers and flat rate and online labels are all good ideas. I guess I would add the stipulation of collecting a signature on delivery.

  3. postal mama

     /  July 15, 2013

    Will USPS be held liable for providing to under-age drinkers?

  4. Jonn

     /  July 18, 2013

    They’ll probably have to card the recipient for the alcohol, but the more stuff shipped in the mail, the better.

    If a package with beer in it accidentally falls, breaks open and leaks, can employees choose how to clean it up? 😉

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