Sending alcohol

How to Send Alcohol with Interparcel

26th May 2020, 2:05pm in Shipping Advice by Eva Malpass

Have you ever wondered 'Can I ship alcohol?' Does a distant loved one's Friday night depend on it? Up until recently, this was a big no no with our services, but thanks to Parcelforce, you can now send your alcoholic gifts to yourself and others through the full range of Parcelforce services that Interparcel sell online. Whether your delivery is going to a destination within the UK or Internationally, they'll be a service that'll suit you, and thanks to our Partnership with Parcelforce, at substancially cheaper prices too!

Shipping alcohol has become increasingly popular whether it's to top up on lockdown supplies or gifting a loved one. With a boom in craft beer/ale and flavoured gins, trying and sharing the latest alcoholic concoction has made shipping them a necessity! From small businesses selling these craft beverages or customers putting together a boozy gift hamper, sending alcohol is a must-have solution to fuel those 'it's 5'o'clock somewhere' afternoons.

Can I send all types of Alcohol?


Have you just come back from Amsterdam and are looking to spread the "joy" of Absynthe? Apologies but you'll have to hold fire, Parcelforce won't accept any alcoholic beverages that exceed 70% alcohol by volume (ABV).

They do however accept and send alcoholic drinks that range between 0%-24% and that top-end limit of 70%. So you've got a lot of choices as most gin, vodka, rum range between 24-70% and most beer, wine and champagne ranges between 0-24% - so whatever the occasion you know how to send alcohol to remedy those booze emergencies.

Note: The volume of a package should never exceed 1 litre!

Can I send alcohol with all Parcelforce services?

Yes you can!


Be careful to select the right service, depending on the type of alcohol you're sending.

Alcohol that ranges between 24-70% (e.g. gin, rum, vodka)

  • Cannot be collected within the UK but you Can send using the Parcelforce Drop Off services through Interparcel.
  • Cannot be sent internationally.

Alcohol that ranges between 0%-24% (e.g. wine, beer, champagne or prosecco if you're not made of money)

  • Can be sent within the UK
  • Can be sent Internationally

What type of Services are available?


So you've now got your answer to the question "Can I send gin as a gift?", so you can ship away and send your absolute favourite to Martha on her birthday, now what service will you choose?

Interparcel offer a range of Parcelforce collected services depending on the urgency of that beverage! You can select the Express 9 for a Next Day pre 9am service, or the Express 10am too. Maybe even a morning delivery with the Parcelforce Express AM. If you're happy to wait until 5pm to crack open your beverage, then the Express 24 Next Day might suit you just nicely. If it's not so urgent, enjoy the cost savings of booking an Express 48 for the two day service.

All of these services are available as a Drop Off option too if you'd prefer.

Interparcel also have a choice of services for overseas delivery too. We have every service to suit your needs. You can pick the Euro Priority for your tipple travelling within Europe and you can expect your delivery to arrive in 2-7 working days or the Global Priority for outside of Europe, which can arrive in as little as 2 working days. Both of these options can be collected from your door too or dropped off when you're out and about.

How much is the delivery likely to cost?

The price is very much dependant on the size, weight and destination you are intending to send to so make sure you have the address handy to get an exact quote for your delivery here. To give you an idea though, most wine bottles typically measure 7-8 cm in diameter and are about 30 cm tall. Champagne or prosecco bottles are slightly larger and measure 8-9 cm in diameter and closer to 31-32 cm tall. Price of course depends on packaging on top of this, but based on these measurements and a 0.5kg weight, we can estimate the shipping costs below to give you an idea:

Sending an alcoholic gift at this size with Parcelforce Drop services will approximately cost:

  • £8.82 inc VAT with Parcelforce 48 Drop Off Economy Service
  • £9.78 inc VAT with Parcelforce 24 Drop Off Next Day Service
  • £13.14 inc VAT with Parcelforce Euro Priority Drop Off Service

  • Sending an alcoholic gift at this size with Parcelforce Collected services will approximately cost:

  • £10.56 inc VAT with Parcelforce 48 Service
  • £11.04 inc VAT with Parcelforce 24 Service
  • £14.10 inc VAT with Parcelforce Euro Priority Service

  • Finally, make sure when deciding to ship alcohol internationally that you do check The prohibited and restricted items list. Interparcel may accept your item, but the individual country may have restrictions.

    Please remember: As gin and other spirits range between 24-70% ABV they can only be sent domestically and via Drop Off Parcelforce services!

    How should I package alcohol to send?

    Packaging alcohol

    Making sure your cocktails don't arrive shaken or stirred isn't as hard as you may think. Make sure first that you're packaging no more than two bottles in the same parcel.

    1. It is advised you wrap each bottle in polyethylene, bubble-wrap, or another shock-absorbent material and seal with tape.
    2. You should then fill the empty space in the box with more protective materials to prevent any movement of the contents while in transit.
    3. Mark the package as 'FRAGILE'. Whilst it will still travel in the Network the same way as the other parcels, this does highlight how delicate the contents are to the parcel handlers. If you're using a Parcelforce service through Interparcel, we will provide you with address labels to print and stick to your parcel.
    4. Park your parcel by the front door ready for collection, or take your alcohol-filled parcel of goodness down to your local Drop Off location and they will take it carefully off your hands and get it on its way!
    5. Is there anything else I should know?

      Knowing how to send alcohol safely within the UK and internationally can be a big help when deciding on gifts. Everyone loves a boozy delivery so why not send an alcohol gift delivery today and surprise a friend! Interparcel is always here to make your parcel sending easier and cheaper, plus we want our customers to be able to send little packages of joy to loved ones whenever and wherever they may be!

      If you have any more questions about what you can send and where then please get in touch with us via our customer services lines - live chat, email, or telephone, open 8 am - 8 pm.

      Happy Sending!

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