Bill Would Give USPS Permission to Ship Alcoholic Beverages

  • Bipartisan legislation expected to be introduced this week, called the USPS Shipping Equity Act, would lift a federal ban that prevents the United States Postal Service from shipping beer, wine, and liquor. The ban has been in effect since 1909, a decade before Prohibition was officially added to the Constitution.
  • This is not a blanket repeal, however, as USPS would not be able to ship alcoholic beverages to all states. The bill “would not override or repeal any state law that regulates or outright disallows the shipping of alcohol; it would simply permit the USPS to ship within state-set guidelines, which vary dramatically from state-to-state,” Brewbound reported.
  • The recipient of the alcohol shipment cannot resell or use the shipped products for other commercial purposes, per the bill’s stipulations.



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