Everything You Need to Know About Shipping Wine Internationally

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Whether you wish to ship wine internationally as a gift or as a commercial shipment to the customers of your online wine store, you need to be aware of the rules and regulations in place. Most countries have stringent requirements when it comes to international wine shipping, so it’ll be essential to understand them before you ship wine abroad. 

Can I send wine internationally? 

Yes, you can send wine abroad. However, restrictions apply and may vary depending on your carrier and the country that you’re shipping to. 

Wine can be sent overseas via post as long as it does not exceed the five-litre and 70% alcohol percentage limit. Otherwise, you will have to opt for a commercial carrier with specialised shipping services, such as DHL Express. As an experienced international wine delivery service provider, we will be able to advise you on what to do to ensure seamless, secure transportation of products to your customers.

How should I package wine for international shipping? 

Knowing how to package wine properly is essential to ensure that your shipment doesn’t get damaged in transit. When packaging wine for shipping internationally, you will want to consider the mode of transport at every point of the logistics process and the packaging requirements of both the recipient country and your carrier. You will also want to pay attention to the overall presentation of the package, which is especially important if you’re fulfilling a customer’s order or sending the wine as a gift.

Wine bottles should be wrapped individually in protective material like bubble wrap to absorb shock during transit. Then, place the wrapped bottles in a carton or box. Separate the bottles using cardboard dividers and fill any empty spaces with cushioning materials to limit movement. Seal the package securely with adhesive tape. 

Once that’s done, place the package in a bigger box and fill up any spaces with cushioning materials. Seal the package securely with adhesive tape. Perform this process once more and make sure that you place “fragile” or “handle with care” labels on the top and sides of the package. 

What are the customs requirements for sending wine overseas? 

To ensure smooth customs clearance for your wine shipment, you will need to prepare the necessary customs paperwork required by your destination country. This may include customs declarations, importation licenses and special permits. 

You will also need to check if there are any additional taxes or duties that will be imposed on your wine shipment by the destination country. 

How do I get started on shipping wine abroad from New Zealand? 

To sum it up, here are the steps you need to follow to send wine internationally: 

  • Familiarise yourself with the import rules and regulations of the countries you intend to ship to. 

  • Package your shipment securely and add “fragile” or “handle with care” labels. 

  • Prepare the necessary customs documentation, such as declarations, permits and licenses. 

  • Check if your shipment will be subjected to additional taxes or duties by the destination country. 

  • Partner with a reliable courier that offers international wine delivery services, such as DHL Express. 

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