International Alcohol Shipping Guide

International Guidelines

Accounts must have an International Special Commodity Alcohol agreement in place before sending alcohol shipments. All shipments of alcohol must be processed for shipment with a UPS-compatible shipping solution such as UPS WorldShip® 2017 or any approved third-party vendor system. All shipments also require an international airwaybill, a detailed commercial invoice and all B2C shipments must have the UPS Delivery Confirmation Adult Signature Required service. UPS shall provide the ISC Service pursuant to the UPS International Alcohol Shipping Guide. UPS shall have the right to unilaterally modify or amend any requirements for international wine and/or alcohol shipments and/or the UPS International Alcohol Shipping Guide at any time, without prior notice, and for any reason, including to reflect changes in applicable law. The effective versions of such amendments and the UPS International Alcohol Shipping Guide will be found on this page. Customer shall be responsible for keeping up-to-date with, and continuing to comply with, any changes that are made from time-to-time to any documentation, labeling, packaging or other requirements or restrictions referenced in the UPS International Alcohol Shipping Guide. It is the shipper’s responsibility to know and comply with all applicable international laws and regulations.

Every alcohol shipment’s commercial invoice description and alcohol label requires the following information, and in addition, items listed below for the specific country:

a) Merchandise description in detail (include date of production); b) Quantity, including number of containers (bottles or cans) and total liters in shipment; c) Packing Specification (in bottle, can or etc.); d) Brand; e) Origin / Producing area; f) Alcohol % (Strength); g) Harmonized Tariff Code (commercial invoice); h) Winery information (wine); i) Malt concentration (beer); and j) If shipment is for commercial use, or is shipment for personal consumption and not for resale/commercial use (commercial invoice).

Common Requirements: European Union (EU) exports to non-EU countries under duty suspension are not permitted unless the export declaration is completed by the shipper ahead of time. When shipping internationally to a country in the European Union, consider the following: The contractual service covers the customs clearance of alcohol at the port of entry where duty, VAT, and excise duty must be paid. A customs clearance of alcohol for free circulation with a subsequent transport of alcohol under the excise duty suspension regime is not possible unless stated otherwise below. The customs clearance in the EU country and the subsequent transport to another EU member state is not part of the service unless otherwise stated. Alcoholic beverages are subject to excise duty. Excise duty will usually apply on the amount of beverage in the shipment and the percentage of alcohol. The calculation of excise duty for beer depends on the destination country. Some countries calculate on percentage of alcohol, and others on degree of Plato. The information must be shown on the invoice to help determine the excise duty. The Importation of wine and wine products are subject to the inclusion of a: Certificate showing drawn up by a competent body, included on a list to be made public by the Commission, in the product’s country of origin. An analysis report drawn up by a body or department designated by the product’s country of origin, in so far as the product is intended for direct human consumption. No certificate or analysis report needs to be presented for products originating in and exported from third countries in labeled containers of not more than five liters fitted with a non-reusable closing device where the total quantity transported, whether or not made up of separate consignments, does not exceed 100 liters. The import of wine and wine products is regulated by a market organization of the European Union with rules on labeling and presentation of wine and additional documentation. The labels of wine and wine products have to show some of the following compulsory particulars like the category of the product (e.g., ‘wine’, ‘sparkling wine’, liquor wine’), the protected designation or protected geographical indication if the wine has such a protection, the actual alcohol strength by volume, an indication of provenance, an indication of the bottler or an indication of the producer or vendor in case of ‘sparkling wine’ and other product categories of sparkling wine. The rules are stated in EU regulation 2009/491. The regulation can be checked on the EU website http://eur-lex.europa.eu/homepage.html.

 

 

 

Countries and Territories

Guidelines for Shipping to Businesses (Licensees

Guidelines for Shipping to Individuals (Consumers)

Argentina

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor) 
to B2B and B2C.

Shipments are subject to the following limitations: • A maximum declared value of no more than USD 1,000 • A maximum weight no greater than 50 kilograms • Each shipment must include the consignee’s Tax ID number (CUIT/CUIL) to be released by customs

Same as Shipping to Businesses (Licensees). 

Aruba

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

No additional requirements for wine or beer shipments. For B2B liquor shipments the consignee must be registered in Aruba. Import duties will be determined by liters being imported. Government inspection may be required.

 No additional restrictions.

Australia

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

UPS only delivers to New South Wales, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania. UPS cannot deliver to Queensland and Northern Territories due to certain communities’ local alcohol regulations. Import permit label on bottle must include: • Fluid measurement • Trade commerce marking • Ingredients • Distribution in Australia • Manufacturer Do not include: • “Low alcohol”, “non-alcoholic”, “non-intoxicating” • Health or nutritional content claims, other than energy or carbohydrate content Brandy, rum or whisky must be matured in wood for a minimum of two years before delivery from Customs control. A Maturation Certificate should be obtained.

Refer to AUSTRALIAN CUSTOMS NOTICE NO. 2007/19

Same as Licensee to Licensee Guidelines UPS only delivers to New South Wales, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania. UPS cannot deliver to Queensland and Northern Territories due to certain communities’ local alcohol regulations. For more than 0.5% ethanol by volume liquor, labels must include: • Alcohol content as a proportion of the liquor (in compliance with the measurement markings under National Trade Measurement Regulations 2009 Cth) • Number of standard drinks per package

Lot of identification

• Directions for use and storage if the nature of the liquor warrants such directions for health and safety reasons • Information must be in English, other languages may be in the label but must not contradict information in English Exemptions of labeling requirements: • Wine bottled prior to 20, December 2002, with a shelf-life in over 12 months can be exempted as long as it complies with the requirements at the date of bottling.

Austria

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

Alcoholic beverages cannot be sold and delivered to under-aged persons (16 to 18 years, depending on the type of alcoholic beverage). The consignor is responsible to verify the age of the consignee prior to shipping. Please see Common Requirements (page 5) when shipping to the European Union.

Same as Shipping to Businesses (Licensees). 

Bahamas

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

Original Invoice with Company Logo is required. UPS WorldShip® invoices will not be accepted.

Same as Shipping to Businesses (Licensees). 

Barbados

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

Formal entry. No Restrictions nor certificate needed. No limit on  alcohol content or amount of bottles. Invoices must always state  volume of alcohol as well as the size of the bottle. Import duty and  excise tax rates vary.

Same as Shipping to Businesses (Licensees). 

Belgium

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

A transit in bond from the port of entry to the customer or his broker  is not an option. 

Please see Common Requirements when shipping to the 
European Union.

Same as Shipping to Businesses (Licensees). 

Bermuda

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

Duty is paid based on the alcohol content amount. Invoice needs to  state the size of the bottle and the percentage of alcohol content.  Invoice cannot be a UPS WorldShip invoice. 

Same as Shipping to Businesses (Licensees). 

                                                                                                                               

Brazil

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)   
to B2B only. No B2C.

 

Only through formal entry with import license requirements.                       

 UPS does not serve.

Bulgaria

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

Please see Common Requirements when shipping to the  European Union.

Same as Shipping to Businesses (Licensees).

Canada

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

All B2B orders of alcohol have to be placed through the local liquor boards.

Alberta: Alcohol shipments can only be sent Air (Express or Express Saver). The Importer of Record (IOR) on the commercial invoice must be the person that purchased the alcohol and no other goods except alcohol can be included in the shipment. There is a maximum of 45 liters of alcohol which can be imported per 90 days and a levy that is applied on foreign alcohol. Documentation for shipments over 6 liters must be processed by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC), all other shipments are cleared by the receiver. For all shipments, a commercial invoice and proof of payment is required from the supplier. British Columbia: Alcohol shipments can be sent using ground or air services. The Importer of Record (IOR) on the commercial invoice is the British Columbia Liquor Control Board (BCLCB) care of (c/o) the consignee, and no other goods except alcohol can be included in the shipment. There is a maximum of 45 liters of alcohol which can be imported per day, and there is a levy that is applied on foreign alcohol. The BCLCB will work with consignee to collect all charges and advise when UPS can deliver the shipment. Quebec: Alcohol shipments can only be sent Air (Express or Express Saver). The Importer of Record (IOR) on the commercial invoice must be the person that purchased the alcohol and no other goods except alcohol can be included in the shipment. The consignee must have a permit for any shipment over 0.5% (alcohol by volume). There is a levy that is applied on foreign alcohol and a maximum of 45 liters per day. Once cleared by the Societe des Alcools du Quebec (SAQ) UPS can deliver the shipment. Manitoba: Alcohol shipments can only be sent Air (Express or Express Saver). The Importer of Record (IOR) on the commercial invoice must be the person that purchased the alcohol and no other goods except alcohol can be included in the shipment. There is a levy that is applied on foreign alcohol, but there is no limit on the amount that can be imported. During the clearance process the IOR will be required to pay any outstanding fees, and once paid to the authorities and UPS has this approval the shipment can be delivered. Ontario: Alcohol shipments can be sent using ground or air services. The Importer of Record (IOR) on the commercial invoice is the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) care of (c/o) the consignee and no other goods except alcohol can be included in the shipment. There is a maximum of 45 liters of alcohol which can be imported per day and there is a levy that is applied on foreign alcohol. Proof of payment is also required to be submitted to UPS Supply Chain Solutions® Customs Brokerage and any outstanding duties and taxes must be paid by the consignee before a shipment can be delivered. UPS cannot deliver to New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and Yukon.

Cayman Islands

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

The consignee must possess a Liquor Distribution License and a valid Trade & Business License.

Maximum of 2 liters per shipment.

Chile

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B only. No B2C. 

• Imports may be reviewed by the SAG (Agricultural government 
agency)

• Up to 24 bottles of the same type can be cleared without resolution,  otherwise customer must have special resolution to import

UPS does not serve.

 

 

China

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor) 
to B2B and B2C.

 

Shipper and Consignee must be approved UPS accounts.

Shipper and consignee companies must register product with China  Inspection & Quarantine (CIQ) and get import permit record number  (Products must be registered individually and only once).

Refer to CIQ website: http://ire.eciq.cn/

Provide: 

  • Certificate of Origin
  • Canned Certification (to prove the packing type)
  • Power Of Attorney (POA) with consignee’s signature (Merchandise

description in Chinese)
• Labels must be in color 
• For Distilled wine, plasticizer test report is required and DBP, DEHP, 

DINP must be included in the report

Invoice with valid consignee’s contact name, cell phone number  and email address:

• Power Of Attorney (POA) with consignee’s signature 

(Merchandise description in Chinese)

• Purchase order copy (to show the value)

• Color copy of Consignee’s Personal ID (Chinese Citizen; front 
and back) or Passport Photo, Visa and Entry Pages (Foreign 

National Residing in China)

China customs has their own pricing list for wine.

Alcohol % below 12%, and below 750ml/bottle, the value is  
RMB100/bottle (10 bottles maximum).

Alcohol % greater than 12%, but less than or equal to 22%, and  below 750ml/bottle, the value is RMB200/bottle (5 bottles 
maximum).

Must be of a reasonable quantity for personal consumption. 
Based on actual value:

• For multiple items, the maximum value is RMB1,000 (800 RMB 

from HK/MO), i.e., if the actual value is RMB300 per bottle, 3 
bottles will be the maximum number.

• If the actual value exceeds RMB1,000, it must be of a shipment  with single item only.

Colombia

Wine only to B2B. No beer or  spirits (liquor) or B2C.

Provide: 

• Import license/permit 

• Sanitary Certificate 

• Authorization Form DIAN

All bottles must have label from origin with the inscription:  “Exclusively for import to the Colombian Republic”

UPS can only serve sample shipments.

All non-samples must be sent using cargo service.

UPS does not serve.

Costa Rica

Wine only to B2B. No beer or  spirits (liquor) or B2C.

Provide: 

• Import license 

• Health permit 

• Inspection required at import

An alcoholic beverage import permit issued by the Ministry of 

Health in Costa Rica is required. If you do not have the permits, your  merchandise will be stored at a Customs warehouse until you obtain  the permits.

UPS does not serve.

Croatia

Wine only to B2B. No beer or  spirits (liquor) or B2C.

Provide: 

• Import license/permit

UPS does not serve.

Cyprus

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

Alcoholic beverages can’t be sold and delivered to under-aged 
persons (17 years). The consignor is responsible to verify the age   of the consignee prior to shipping.

Please see Common Requirements (page 5) when shipping to the  European Union.

Same as Shipping to Businesses (Licensees). 

Czech Republic

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

Spirits with an alcoholic strength exceeding 15% and sold in retail  containers need a fiscal mark/excise stamp. The Czech re-seller 
(importer) is responsible to get the fiscal stamps and have them  adjusted to the bottles. They have to apply for a permission to 
import alcohol and when granted have to buy the tax stamps. The  tax stamps must be sent to the shipper/producer who has to affix  the stamps to the bottles.

Alcoholic beverages cannot be sold and delivered to under-aged  persons (18 years). The consignor is responsible to verify the age   of the consignee prior to shipping.

Please see Common Requirements (page 5) when shipping to the  European Union.

Private importers can import small amounts of spirits for their  own consumption without tax stamps. Excise duty has to be  paid with the import clearance. 

Same as Shipping to Businesses (Licensees).

     

Denmark

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor) 
to B2B and B2C.

 

A transit in bond from the port of entry to the customer or his 
broker is not an option.

Commercial importers must be registered to import alcoholic 
beverages.

Alcoholic beverages cannot be sold and delivered to under-aged 
persons (18 years for alcohol of 16.5% and above, 16 years for 
alcohol below 16.5%). The consignor is responsible to verify the age  of the consignee prior to shipping.

Please see Common Requirements (page 5) when shipping to the  European Union.

 

Private importers can import alcohol in small quantities for  their personal consumption without being registered.

Same as Shipping to Businesses (Licensees).

Dominican Republic

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

Provide: Import license/permit

All shipments must be cleared as formal entries

Sanitary registration is required and shall be obtained prior  

to manufacture, production, importation, packaging, storage,  transportation, promotion, distribution and use of any such  products. 

Same as Shipping to Businesses (Licensees).

Ecuador

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B only. No B2C.

Formal entry and pre-authorization Certificate is needed.

UPS does not serve.

El Salvador

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

Documents additional to the invoice

• Price list

• Certificate of Free Sale

• Health permit

• Degrees of alcohol 

• NIT registered in the customs system 

Same as Shipping to Businesses (Licensees).

Finland

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

The contractual service covers the customs clearance of alcohol 

at the port of entry where duty, VAT and excise duty are paid. The 
customs clearance of alcohol for free circulation with a subsequent  transport of alcohol under the excise duty suspension regime is 

the regular process for commercial importers. The commercial 
importer is responsible for key entry declaring the transport under  excise duty suspension within the respective system (EMCS – Excise  Movement and Control System). Payment of excise duty with the 
customs declaration is an option. 

The customs clearance in Finland and the subsequent transport to  another EU member state is not part of the service. 

Alcoholic beverages can’t be sold and delivered to under-aged 
persons (18 years for alcohol up to 22% alcohol, 20 years for alcohol  above 22% of alcohol). The consignor is responsible to verify the age  of the consignee prior to shipping.

Please see Common Requirements (page 5) when shipping to the 
European Union.

Private importers can import alcohol in small quantities for 
their personal consumption without having a permit. There 
is no fixed threshold what amount of the various kinds of 

alcoholic beverages of is accepted for “personal consumption.” Private individuals have to pay the excise duty directly to the  customs office if the consignor didn’t pay it already. If customs  do not accept the amount of alcohol for private consumption  the shipment is considered to be a commercial import. The 
goods need to be returned or abandoned. 

France

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

Duty, VAT and excise duty must be paid at port of customs clearance.  Excise duty applies usually on the amount of beverage and the 
percentage of alcohol. A customs clearance of alcohol for free 
circulation with a subsequent transport of alcohol under the excise  duty suspension regime is not possible. The customs clearance in 
France and the subsequent transport to another EU member state 

is not permitted. The maximum amount of alcoholic beverages per  consignee is 10 liters of spirits or liquor, 90 liters of wine, 20 liters of  intermediate products, 60 liters for sparkling wine, and 100 liters for  beer. NOTE: Each shipment transported by UPS shall not exceed 100  liters. The UPS Brokerage clearance of alcoholic beverages is a non-
routine entry; additional charges apply. 

Please see Common Requirements (page 5) when shipping to the 
European Union.

Same as Shipping to Businesses (Licensees).

Germany

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B. Wine only B2C no 

beer or liquor (spirits).

The delivery of spirits or liquor to persons under the age of 18 is 

not allowed. The delivery of other alcoholic beverages to persons  under the age of 16 is also not allowed. The shipper or seller is 
responsible to check the age of the buyer. Alcoholic beverages are  subject to excise duty. Excise duty applies usually on the amount of  beverage and the percentage of alcohol. The following information  must be shown on the invoice: % alcohol + quantity in Liters + clear  description of the product. Please see Common Requirements  
(page 5) when shipping to the European Union.

International B2B wine imports are limited to up to 400 kg per  consignee per year. There is an additional charge of 48,00 EUR   for non-routine customs clearance. Consignee required to  

provide signed customs form 95000. Same as Shipping to  
Businesses (Licensees).

   

 

Greece

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor) 
to B2B and B2C.

Commercial importers must be registered to import alcoholic 
beverages. Import clearance of commercial alcohol shipments can  be done at two authorized customs offices. The alcohol shipments  must be sent under bond to these customs offices and cleared by  the brokers of the registered importers. 

Alcoholic beverages can’t be sold and delivered to under-aged 
persons (18 years). The consignor is responsible to verify the age  

of the consignee prior to shipping.

For wine shipments, no certificate or analysis report need to be 
presented for products originating in and exported from third 
countries in labeled containers of not more than five liters fitted  with a non-reusable closing device where the total quantity 
transported, whether or not made up of separate consignments,  does not exceed 100 liters. Wine shipments requiring or accom-
panied by certificates or analysis reports can’t be cleared by UPS.
Please see Common Requirements (page 5) when shipping to the  European Union.

 

Private importers can import limited quantities of alcohol 

for their personal consumption without a license. The limit is 
three bottles of alcoholic beverages. The clearance will be done  on behalf of the private importer. Duty, VAT and excise duty 
applies. Higher amount of wine can be seen as commercial 
imports which can only be imported by registered companies. Same as Shipping to Businesses (Licensees).

Guatemala

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

Importer is required to have an import permit. Customs must be  notified of the importation of alcohol. If not informed customer  may be fined USD 5,000 for not declaring. 

Amount is restricted to 2 bottles per importer. Same as Shipping to Businesses (Licensees).

Haiti

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B only. No B2C.

Formal entry and pre-authorization certificate is needed.

UPS does not serve.

Honduras

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B only. No B2C.

No UPS WorldShip® invoices accepted.

• Health Permit

• Degrees of alcohol

• Import License

• Phytosanitary

• Harmonized Code

• Full Description of the goods

• Duty is paid based on the alcohol content amount

Importer must be the legal representative of the brand in Honduras 

UPS does not serve.

Hong Kong

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

For alcohol with an alcoholic strength of more than 30% by volume  measured at a temperature of 20°C, provide: 

• Import license/permit

If the alcohol volume is below 30% permit is not required.

Same as Shipping to Businesses (Licensees).

Hungary

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B. No B2C.

A transit in bond from the port of entry to the customer or his 
broker is not an option. 

Commercial importers must be licensed to import alcoholic 
beverages. 

Please see Common Requirements (page 5) when shipping to the  European Union.

UPS does not serve.

Iceland

Wine only to B2B. No beer or  spirits (liquor). No B2C.

Special permit needed for shipments containing over 80% proof  alcohol.

UPS does not serve.

India

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

Importer must provide: 

State excise import license

Certificate from Health Officer (Inspection required at Import)

No import of alcoholic beverages into the following states will be  accepted: Gujarat; Bihar; Nagaland; Union Territory of Lakshadweep;  and Kerala

The term Gift or Sample must be mentioned in the invoice for  shipment of gift and/or sample. Value of the shipment must be  below INR 10,000 in order to file for duty-free clearance.
Importer must obtain an Import Export Code issued by Director  General of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce.

No shipments of alcoholic beverages into the following states  will be accepted: 

Gujarat; Bihar; Nagaland; Union Territory of Lakshadweep; and  Kerala

The consignee and/or intended recipients of the consignment  must be above 25 years of age.

Each consignment of alcoholic beverages cannot exceed 70 kgs  in weight. 

Import duty will not be levied on alcoholic beverages not 
exceeding 2 liters in volume in total per consignment.

   

Israel

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor) 
to B2B only. No B2C.

 

Provide: 

  • Import license/permit

Maximum 2 liters per shipment.

A larger amount requires an approval/certification by the Israeli  Health Ministry and full description of contents including 
percentage of alcohol on commercial invoice.

 

UPS does not serve.

Italy

Wine only B2B and B2C. Beer  and spirits (liquor) B2B only.

The UPS service is limited to the import of wine and sparkling wine  up to 15% alcohol where no excise duty applies (0% excise duty 
rate). Alcoholic beverages where excise duty applies can not be 
cleared at the UPS import sites. 

Commercial importers must provide a health permit to import 
alcohol. 

Alcoholic beverages can’t be sold and delivered to under-aged 
persons (18 years). The consignor is responsible to verify the age of  the consignee prior to shipping.

For wine shipments, no certificate or analysis report need to be 
presented for products originating in and exported from third 
countries in labeled containers of not more than five liters fitted 
with a non-reusable closing device where the total quantity 
transported, whether or not made up of separate consignments,  does not exceed 100 liters.

Please see Common Requirements (page 5) when shipping to the  European Union.

Private importers can import wine for their personal 
consumption without a permit. A private importer is only  allowed to import a maximum of 5 liters. 

Same as Shipping to Businesses (Licensees).

Jamaica

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

Spirits Pool license from the Spirits Pool Association   and formal entry.

No permit required for personal quantities.

Japan

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

Importer must provide:

• Declaration on importation of food, etc. to a quarantine station 

holding jurisdiction over the importing area

Import for resale — Importer must:

• Obtain a license under the provisions of Liquor Tax Law

The receptacles of the wine must bear an indication enabling the 
bottler to be identified.

For more information refer to:  
http://www.customs.go.jp/english/c-answer_e/kojin/3105_e.htm
 

The invoice must specify that the wine is for “personal use”   and not for resale.

Shipment weight shall not exceed 10kg.

For more information refer to:  
http://www.customs.go.jp/english/c-answer
e/kojin/3105_e.htm
 

Liechtenstein

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

Same as guidelines for Switzerland.

Same as guidelines for Switzerland.

Luxembourg

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

Alcoholic beverages can’t be sold and delivered to under-aged 
persons (16 years). The consignor is responsible to verify the age   of the consignee prior to shipping.

Please see Common Requirements (page 5) when shipping to the  European Union.

Same as Shipping to Businesses (Licensees).

Macau

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

Shipments/importations of alcoholic beverages with a level of 
alcohol by volume (“ABV”) over 30% are subject to an importation  license issued by the Macau Economic Services.

Shipments/importations of alcoholic beverages with a level  of alcohol by volume (“ABV”) over 30% are subject to an 
importation license issued by the Macau Economic Services. Personal purchase: Reasonable Quantity (Guideline for wine  should be up to MOP5000).

Malaysia

Beer and wine only to B2B.  No spirits (liquor) or B2C. 

For Wine and Beer only. Importer must provide: • Import license/permit

UPS does not serve.

Malta

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

Commercial importers (re-seller) must buy tax stamps after the  customs clearance to pay the excise duty. The tax stamps have to   be affixed to the bottles.

For wine shipments, no certificate or analysis report need be 
presented for products originating in and exported from third 
countries in labeled containers of not more than five liters fitted  with a non-reusable closing device where the total quantity 
transported, whether or not made up of separate consignments,  does not exceed 100 liters.

Please see Common Requirements (page 5) when shipping to the  European Union.

Private importers who import alcohol for their own  consumption can pay the excise duty with the import  declaration, together with VAT and duty. 

Martinique

Wine only to B2B. No beer or  spirits (liquor) or B2C.

“ACQUIS DE LA REGIE”: country document specifying the name of the  beverage (e.g., liquor or aperitif), the composition and the degree of  pure alcohol.

UPS does not serve.

  

Mexico

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor) 
to B2B and B2C.

 

The consignee must be registered in the Taxpayers Registry of 
Alcoholic Drinks to then get register in the Sectorial Import License  for Alcoholic Drinks. 

There is no limit for beverage with less than 24% alcohol.

Beverages between 24-70% alcohol need to be in containers less  than 5 liters, there is no volume limit. Beverages over 70% alcohol   are not permitted.

 

Limit USD 1,000 for individual consumption, no more than one  operation per month. All the drinks must follow the Estimated   Prices determined by Fiscal Authorities. 

Same as Shipping to Businesses (Licensees).

Monaco

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

Duty, VAT and excise duty must be paid at port of customs clearance.  Excise duty applies usually on the amount of beverage and the 
percentage of alcohol. A customs clearance of alcohol for free 
circulation with a subsequent transport of alcohol under the excise  duty suspension regime is not possible. The customs clearance in 
France and the subsequent transport to another EU member state 

is not permitted. The maximum amount of alcoholic beverages per  consignee is 10 liters of spirits or liquor, 90 liters of wine, 20 liters of  intermediate products, 60 liters for sparkling wine, and 100 liters for  beer. NOTE: Each shipment transported by UPS shall not exceed 100  liters. The UPS Brokerage clearance of alcoholic beverages is a non-
routine entry; additional charges apply. 

Please see Common Requirements (page 5) when shipping to the 
European Union.

Same as Shipping to Businesses (Licensees).

Netherlands

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

A transit in bond from the port of entry to the customer or his broker  is not an option.

The delivery of alcoholic beverages with more than 0.5% alcohol to  persons under the age of 18 is not allowed. The shipper or seller is 
responsible to check the age of the buyer. The following information  must be shown on the invoice: % alcohol + quantity in Liters + clear  description of the product.

Please see Common Requirements (page 5) when shipping to the 
European Union.

Same as Shipping to Businesses (Licensees).

Netherlands Antilles

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

No import limit. Import duties are assessed per liter dependent on  the percentage of alcohol per bottle. Some brands that already have  a representative on the island may not be imported by individuals. It  is highly recommended to send a sample for inspection in case it is a  new brand.

Same as Shipping to Businesses (Licensees).

New Zealand

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

No additional requirements.

Personal purchase — no known limit.

Nicaragua

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B. No B2C.

Need health and agricultural ministry permission. The company  must be registered (tax id, fiscal solvency, import license)

UPS does not serve.

Norway

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

Spirits with an alcoholic strength exceeding 60% are prohibited.
Companies are allowed to import any quantity of alcohol if they can  provide an import license issued by the Norwegian Directorate for  the Prevention of Alcohol & Drug Problems. 

Alcoholic beverages are subject to high excise duty rates. There is 

no low value threshold or gift exemption on alcoholic beverages. 
Alcoholic beverages must always be declared in a formal entry 
declaration. Duty, VAT and excise duty applies.

Alcoholic beverages can’t be sold and delivered to under-aged 
persons (18 years for wine and beer, 20 years for alcoholic beverages  with more than 22% alcohol). The consignor is responsible to verify  the age of the consignee prior to shipping.

Please see Common Requirements (page 5) when shipping to the 
European Union.

Private individuals can import alcoholic beverages without  a license for their private consumption only. Resale is not  allowed. 

Same as Shipping to Businesses (Licensees).

Paraguay

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

INAN Certificate is needed / Importer Registration

INAN Certificate is needed and value limit is USD 100.

Peru

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

DIGESA Certificate is needed.

The product must have a prior Sanitary Registration; then the 
consignee can ask for DIGESA Certificate. Each import shipment 

cannot be more than 3 liters and/or USD 2,000.

Philippines

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

 Importer must provide:
• Import license/permit
Additional documentations for Spirits:

• BRN (Bank Reference Number) and TIN (Tax Identification Number)  for registered Importer

• e-ATRIG (Electronic-Authority to Release Imported Goods). 
Consignee must be registered with BIR as Importer/Distributor  

of Alcoholic Beverages

• MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet)

• LTO (License to Operate) from FDA (Food and Drugs 
Administration)

• CPR (Certificate of Product Registration) from FDA

• Quantity must be of reasonable quantity.

• Only one bottle for each kind of alcoholic beverage.

• Consignee is required to provide a request letter to Customs  

if the shipment value exceed USD 500

Poland

Wine only to B2B. No beer or 
spirits (liquor) or B2C.

 

Alcoholic beverages can only be imported by businesses. A license is  needed if the importer is selling alcoholic beverages. No certificate  or analysis report need be presented for products originating in and  exported from third countries in labeled containers of not more 

than five liters fitted with a non-reusable closing device where the  total quantity transported, whether or not made up of separate 
consignments, does not exceed 100 liters. 

Please see Common Requirements (page 5) when shipping to the 
European Union.

 

Private persons are not allowed to import alcoholic beverages.  The only exemption are gift shipments sent by one private 
individual to another. The limits accepted as gifts are two liters  of still wine and one liter of sparkling wine or spirits. 

Portugal

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

Importer must provide: 

• VI-1 form is for non-U.S. origin wine 

• Simplified Certification and Analysis Document is for U.S. origin 

wine

Imports of alcoholic beverages are highly restricted.

A sanitary inspection must be done prior to customs clearance.
A sanitary inspection will require: 

• Certificate of Analysis provided by the shipper 

• Certificate of Origin 

• Import license from the Instituto do Vinho e da Vinha  

(Portugal Wine Institute) 

• Importer registration in the EU.

Brokerage charges may apply and an import delay of 2-3 days may  occur.

Up to one liter of any kind of beverage, the import will be accepted  without an import license and a Certificate of Analysis.

Importer must provide: 

• Certificate of Origin 

• Additional customs forms may be required from the 

consignee to customs clear the shipment

Personal purchase — reasonable quantity guideline is six (6) 

bottles of 750ml.

Romania

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

Commercial importers must be licensed to import alcoholic 
beverages.

Alcoholic beverages can’t be sold and delivered to under-aged 
persons (18 years). The consignor is responsible to verify the age  

of the consignee prior to shipping.

Excise duty on spirits must be paid with tax stamps. The consignor  must buy the tax stamps from the Romanian Ministry of Finance  where they have to be registered. The tax stamps must be affixed   to the bottles prior to shipping.

For wine shipments, no certificate or analysis report need to be 
presented for products originating in and exported from third 
countries in labeled containers of not more than five liters fitted  with a non-reusable closing device where the total quantity 
transported, whether or not made up of separate consignments,  does not exceed 100 liters. Wine shipments requiring or accom-
panied by certificates or analysis reports can’t be cleared by UPS. Please see Common Requirements (page 5) when shipping to the  European Union.

Private importers can import alcohol in small quantities for  their personal consumption without a license. 

Same as Shipping to Businesses (Licensees). 

Serbia

Wine only to B2B. No beer or  spirits (liquor) or B2C.

Importer must provide: 
• Import license/permit 
• Excise and/or bond form 

• Ingredient analysis list 

• Wine “quality certificate”  • Manufacture process list

UPS does not serve.

Singapore

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

Importer must provide prior to shipment’s arrival: 

• Import license/permit from Agri-Foods & Veterinary Authority  

of Singapore (AVA) regardless of the quantity 

• Information listed in the Description for the invoice 

• Invoice must include harmonized code

The invoice must specify:

• The wine is for “personal use, not for resale” and indicate  

the type wine.

• In addition to information listed in the “Description” for  

the invoice, the invoice must include harmonized code.
The total quantity of alcohol per shipment shall not exceed  

5 liters.

If the quantity exceeds 5 liters, importer must obtain an  
import permit from Agri-veterinary Authority Food. 

Slovenia

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor) 
to B2B and B2C.

 

A transit in bond from the port of entry to the customer or his 
broker is not an option. 

Commercial importers must be registered to import alcoholic 
beverages. 

Alcoholic beverages can’t be sold and delivered to under-aged 
persons (18 years). The consignor is responsible to verify the age of  the consignee prior to shipping.

Please see Common Requirements (page 5) when shipping to the  European Union.

 

Private importers can import alcohol in small quantities for their personal consumption without a registration. There are no  fixed thresholds what customs accept as amounts for “personal  consumption.”

South Africa

Beer and wine only to B2B  and B2C. No spirits (liquor).

Importer must provide: 
• Import license/permit 
• VI-1 form 

• Simplified Certification and Analysis Document  • Sanitary clearance

Gift shipments must not exceed 2 liters and must not exceed 
R400.00 in value otherwise duties and taxes are payable.
Personal Effects shipments are restricted to 2 liters and duties  and taxes are payable. Shipments exceeding these amounts will  receive close scrutiny by the South African Revenue Service.

South Korea

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

Importer/Consignee must provide: • Import license/permit

• Date of production

Food quarantine will be required.

The invoice must specify that the wine is for “personal use, not   for resale.” 

Wine shall be packaged in appropriate receptacles of less than  

1 liter each. 

The receptacles of the wine must bear an indication enabling  the bottler to be identified.

It can be cleared without quarantine if for personal 
consumption only and it is limited to 1 bottle (1 liter).

Sweden

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B. No B2C.

Import is only allowed for registered importers of wine and spirits  (Skatteupplagshavare).

Alcohol sent to companies not registered for the importation  

of alcohol, will be returned at the shipper’s expense.

Please see Common Requirements (page 5) when shipping to the  European Union.

UPS does not serve.

Switzerland

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

The importation of wine for commercial purposes is only allowed   by licensed importers. 

Spirits are subject to excise duty. 

Private individuals can import alcoholic beverages without   a license. 

Spirits are subject to excise duty. 

Taiwan

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

If invoice value over USD 1,000, Importer must provide import 
license/permit from the National Treasury Administration, Ministry  of Finance. Whiskey imports require a Certificate of Origin. 

• A photocopy of the alcohol importer license or an approval 
issued by the Ministry of Finance is required, provided that the 

importation quantity exceeds 5 liters – this is for B2B and B2C • Because an alcohol importer license is required for quantity 

exceeding 5 liters, B2C shipments must stay below this limit – 
otherwise, the shipment has to be returned to the shipper or 
abandoned

Thailand

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

For shipments greater than 10 liters, importer must provide:  • Import license/permit 

• Excise and/or bond forms 

• Ingredient analysis 

• Manufacture Process list

To import, a license is required from the Excise Department  
(>=10 liters) as well as an excised stamp for each bottle. Import   duty includes excise tax, municipal tax and other fees. Customs   will inspect for import license and excise stamp.

Trinidad and Tobago

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B. No B2C.

Consignees must be customs registered. Labeled sample of wine,  beer or spirit must be imported for inspection, registration and 
approval at Ministry of Health (Chemistry Food and Drugs division).  Sample must be accompanied by an invoice with minimum value  and note stating sample for inspection purposes.

UPS does not serve.

Turkey

Wine only to B2B. No beer   or spirits (liquor) or B2C.

Importer must provide:
• Import license/permit
Only commercial companies are able to obtain permit.

UPS does not serve.

United Kingdom

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

Spirits with an alcoholic strength exceeding 35% ABV sold in retail  containers of 35 cl. and above need a fiscal mark/excise stamp. The  consignor is responsible to get registered for tax stamps, buy them  and adjust them to the bottles.

Alcoholic beverages cannot be sold and delivered to under-aged 
persons (18 years). The consignor is responsible to verify the age  

of the consignee prior to shipping.

Please see Common Requirements (page 5) when shipping to the  European Union.

Same as Shipping to Businesses (Licensees). 

United States

B2B: Beer, wine and spirits (liquor). B2C: Wine and beer only - no spirits (liquor). Available for unaccompanied baggage of wine and beer shipments to certain states allowed by states’ laws. Unaccompanied baggage shipments of wine and beer must be purchased in person by the consignee while abroad. Wine can only be sent to 28 approved states and the District of Columbia (D.C.). Beer can only be sent to 26 approved states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) A UPS approved U.S. Import Unaccompanied Baggage Wine Affidavit and a U.S. Import Unaccompanied Baggage Beer Affidavit must be signed by the consumer and accompany the international documentation. The affidavit is available from the local UPS Account Manager.

 

For all U.S. inbound shipments containing alcoholic beverages, the consignee must be licensed and authorized to receive the alcoholic beverages. UPS does not accept packages containing wine, beer or spirits for delivery to a consumer (except wine and beer sent as unaccompanied baggage as described in the Shipping to Individuals [Consumers] section). It is the responsibility of the shipper to ensure that a shipment tendered to UPS does not violate any U.S. federal, state or local laws, or other regulations applicable to the shipment.

 Wine and beer only for unaccompanied baggage shipments. No B2C for liquor (Spirits).

Wine: The quantity limits for each unaccompanied baggage wine shipment is listed for each approved state below (28 approved states and the District of Columbia (D.C.):

Alaska: No quantity limitation

Arizona: 1 liter

ColoradoCO: No quantity limitation ConnecticutCT: 18.9 liters/year

Delaware: No quantity limitation

Florida: 3.7 liters

GeorgiaGA: 18 liters HawaiiHI: 19 liters IllinoisIL: No quantity limitation

Indiana: 18 liters Iowa: 4 liters Louisiana: No quantity limitation

Maine: 3.7 liters MichiganMI: No quantity limitation

Missouri: 18.9 liters Nevada: No quantity limitations

New Hampshire: 2.8 liters

New Mexico: No quantity limitation

New YorkNY: No quantity limitation

North Carolina: 8 liters

North Dakota: No quantity limitation

Ohio: 4.5 liters/30 days

Oklahoma: 1 liter

Pennsylvania: 3.7 liters

Rhode Island: No quantity limitation

South Carolina: No quantity limitation

Tennessee: 18.9 liters

Washington: 3.7 liters

Washington, D.C.: 9 liters/calendar month

Unaccompanied baggage shipments of wine are not accepted to: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

It is the responsibility of the shipper to ensure that a shipment tendered to UPS does not violate any U.S. federal, state or local laws, or other regulations applicable to the shipment. AK Delivery not permitted to “dry” areas. See https://www.commerce. alaska.gov/web/amco/ for FAQ CT 18.9 liters permitted per consignee per 365 day period CO See https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/ Personal%2Liquor%20.pdf GA Quantity limited to 1.89 liters if excise tax has not been paid, or 2 cases if excise tax has been paid. HI Permitted to receive a single shipment from outside the state. Only if consignee receives permit; see http://www.honolulu.gov/rep/site/ bfsliq/onlineforms/pdf/LIQ-LIC-112_Individual_Permits_ABCD_to_ Receive_Shipments_of_Liquor_4-16-18.pdf MI Requires purchase to have been made while purchaser is abroad for 48 consecutive hours. NY Requires purchase to have been made while purchaser is abroad for 48 consecutive hours.

 Uruguay

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B only. No B2C.

DINAMA Importer Registration, INAVI Certification (wine),   LATU Certification (beer), sample analysis needed to obtain.

UPS does not serve.

Venezuela

Beer, wine and spirits (liquor)  to B2B and B2C.

The merchandise must be covered by Legal Regimes 5 and 12 
which refer to the Sanitary Certificate of the country of origin and  the Sanitary Register issued by the Venezuelan Ministry of Popular  Power with competence in health matters.

Same as Shipping to Businesses (Licensees).