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Shipping Alcohol abroad

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Byebyebicycle Mon 19-Feb-18 09:55:34

Hello was wondering if any knowledgeable mumsnetter could help me. I want to ship a 70cl bottle of whiskey to Korea to thank a friend, but can’t make heads or tails of the information I’ve got via google about shipping alcohols! So much conflicting information. Has anyone done this? How? Thankyou

Kpo58 Mon 19-Feb-18 10:11:40

From the Royal Mail website:

Alcoholic beverages and liquids containing more than 24% but not more than 70% alcohol by volume (ABV) (e.g. gin, rum, vodka, whisky)

International - Not allowed in the mail

wowfudge Mon 19-Feb-18 10:18:05

Can you find a Korean business you can order online from to deliver locally instead?

Byebyebicycle Mon 19-Feb-18 10:23:51

Thanks for the replies,
@Kpo58 so do you know if this is the guidelines for all postal services or are there private couriers who can do it

@wowfudge unfortunately the whiskey I want to send her is a local small batch from my English hometown that she tried when she was over here and loved.

wowfudge Mon 19-Feb-18 10:26:59

In that case, I suggest contacting a courier firm such as DHL, UPS, FedEx, etc and getting their advice. You are likely to have to complete export documentation and pay import duty. It could become a very expensive thank you.

Nonotmenori Mon 19-Feb-18 10:31:40

Don't do it. It's a nightmare. Last year I sent a normal sized Thai whisky to Ireland. No one would let me send it as it's alcohol. In the end I ended up having to fib to DHL saying it's a bottle of wine and paying nearly £90 to send a £20 bottle to Ireland from London. Never ever again.

Nonotmenori Mon 19-Feb-18 10:34:58

Sorry meant to say none will take it unless you fib and say it's bottle of wine. But be prepared to pay over £100 just send it. I'll never do that one again.

BarbaraofSevillle Mon 19-Feb-18 10:40:33

Assuming I have picked the correct Korea, Master of Malt will deliver for about £20 or so if they sell the whiskey in question (or try other similar online businesses).

I would be wary that there could be import restrictions or taxes too, although I have no idea whether there is or not, but you wouldn't want her to pay to receive her present.

BlueChampagne Mon 19-Feb-18 12:08:18

If sending by courier (which will be extortionate), you will also have to comply with packaging instructions. I haven't shipped booze abroad for a while but last time it had to be packaged to withstand a 6' drop. Barbara's suggestion sounds like the way ahead.

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