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Understanding Logistics & Freight Shipping of Beer, Wine & Alcohol

by John Rediehs on August 5, 2016 No comments


When you’re dealing with shipping goods like beer, wine, and alcohol, there are certain regulations that need to be followed in order for your shipment to reach its destination, and when you’re looking for a 3PL provider to take care of your LTL or truckload shipments, it’s important to find one that’s experienced. Beyond regulations, though, there are a number of other things to know about shipping beer, wine, and other alcohol. In order to maximize your efficiency and minimize loss, be sure to follow these tips to understand wine shipping logistics and liquor shipping.

Packaging for Wine Freight Shipping and Beer Freight Shipping

The first thing to note about shipping beer, wine, and liquor needs extra attention paid to its packaging. A lot of these products are bottled in glass, and glass breaks easily, even if you’re careful. Package any bottles you are sending in as much bubble wrap as possible to avoid this. Put the wrapped bottled in boxes, and stuff the boxes with newspaper or packing peanuts to fill up the space and create more of a buffer. This way, even if things do get jostled during the shipping process, they won’t shatter.

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Finding a Good Alcohol Freight Forwarders

Third party logistics companies, when you work with them for alcohol shipments, will need to be aware of different regulations. For instance, trucks transporting alcohol cannot veer off their course by more than seven miles from a federal highway during the shipment. If the driver does—say, by eating lunch on a break off the highway—the DOT may have the authority to impound that shipment. Keeping track of different regulations state to state can be a full time job in and of itself, so it’s helpful to find a logistics company that knows the ins and outs of liquor shipping so that you can feel confident about their work.

A reliable logistics provider will know all about wine shipping LTL logistics as well as other liquor shipping logistics, so you won’t need to keep your own tabs on what needs to be done to ensure safe delivery.

You may also run into companies who charge extra for shipping alcohol, thanks to the expertise needed for doing so. Beer freight shipping and other alcohol logistics can be a lot to handle, so many companies charge extra for their knowledge base. Finding one that doesn’t do that is possible, though. Ask about different charges for different types of commodities before making your final 3PL choice.

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Making Sure Your 3PL Provider Has What it Takes for Liquor Shipping

Your 3PL provider will likely recommend you get freight insurance to cover your goods, and with ultra-fragile products like wine, beer, and liquor, that insurance can pay off. Make sure that your provider also knows whether or not they’ll be able to ship across every state line you need to ship your LTL or truckload of product, as well. Not all freight companies can offer the services you need for your wine shipping and liquor freight, so you’ll want to ask early on that they can cover your shipments before you get too far into the sales process.

Why Choose Red Dog Logistics as Your Alcohol Freight Forwarders?

At Red Dog Logistics, we offer reliable logistics services for clients all over the country. We offer truckload services, white glove services, LTL, 53-ft. dry van (in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.), door-to-door intermodal shipping, flatbed, steamship, oversized load shipping, expedited services, drayage, import export, and more. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help with your beer, wine, liquor shipping and more.

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