When you choose to ship alcohol to the UK, it is important to be aware of the rules and regulations. Our knowledgeable Brandon, East Anglia team at Arrowpak International can advise you on everything you need to know.
You are authorised to ship alcoholic beverages such as beer, champagne, sparkling wine and others to the UK, but you must inform the Pre-Move Inspector beforehand if you intend to ship these items.
The Carrier/Transportation Service Provider (TSP) has the right to refuse to pack carbonated beverages without penalty and failure to inform them of your intention to ship alcohol to the UK may mean they refuse to take your shipment.

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You must be able to supply a detailed inventory of all alcohol you intend to ship. Personal wine/alcohol collections are not considered by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to be either household goods or personal effects; consequently you are not eligible for duty-free treatment on entry to the United States. You will be responsible for all issues related to the import processes and taxes.
Your shipment will be shipped via surface cargo container with an expected transit time of 45 – 60 days.
There is no climate controlled environment during transit or storage of your alcohol and the shipments can be exposed to extreme temperatures. This can cause the wine, or other alcohol to freeze, explode or to spoil.
Claims liability is limited to breakage due to mishandling, as any spoilage would be considered inherent vice and the TSP is absolved from liability. If you understand the risks and still wish to ship alcohol to the UK please contact your Transportation Service Provider who will be pleased to deal with any concerns and answer any questions.
Please note that there may be customs fees, IRS taxes, and duties at the port of discharge. If so, a Customs Broker will handle the customs clearance of your alcohol shipment. These fees range from $200 to $300. Please contact your Transportation Service Provider for details on payment of these fees, which are in addition to any applicable state taxes.
For further advice and information, please contact our friendly East Anglia team at Arrowpak International and we will do our best to help.
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