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The Particulars of Alcohol Logistics

Alcohol logistics and shipping is rather unique compared to typical beverage shipping although it does share some similarities.  There are many additional rules in place and permits that are needed when shipping alcohol.  The similarities between alcohol logistics and beverage logistics are due to the fact that they are both liquids and, for the most part, act the same way.

A big factor in shipping liquids, alcoholic or not, is the weight. Liquids are very heavy and you will most likely reach your weight limit before your volume limit. Because of this, it is important to make sure that the truck being used will be able to handle all that weight.  Also, when shipping any kind of beverage you want to ensure the trailers are food grade. This is to ensure the product remains safe and does not spoil.

Temperatures impact on alcohol and beverage shipping

Temperature control plays a large role in alcohol logistics and can affect various types of alcohol differently.  The main thing to look out for is that the product does not freeze. Product freezing will not only ruin the shipment but will also lead to a huge mess.  Additionally, on the other side of the spectrum, you have to make sure the shipment doesn’t get too hot. For example, when shipping wine if the trailer gets too hot the entire batch may turn to vinegar. Overall, alcohol and beverage shipping needs precise temperature control to prevent spoilage so refrigerated shipping is usually required.

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Alcohol logistics permits and permissions

The key difference in alcohol logistics and shipping is the permits needed and all the additional rules in place.  There are numerous regulations in place and they all vary from state to state. So, while not everything can be listed here, there are some important things to keep in mind.

First, and probably the most obvious, is to do all of your research for the states that the alcohol freight will be traveling through.  Due to the fact that the laws change from state to state you want to make sure every guideline is being met. Failure to do this will result in some heavy fines that you’ll have to pay. You can find more information on a state to state basis by clicking here. Another thing is to ensure that the receiver has the permits required to receive the bulk amount of alcohol.  Additionally, you have to make sure that the driver themselves have the proper certifications and know all of the rules needed to transport alcohol. Lastly, be sure to stay up to date on the laws related to alcohol logistics since they change constantly. What is legal and allowed today may not be so tomorrow, and vice versa.

In summation, beverage shipping, especially when it comes to alcohol, is difficult and cumbersome. Because of that difficulty, it is important to partner with someone that you can trust with knowledge and experience.  If you want to read more about food and beverage shipping in general then click here or if you want to start partnering with Becker Logistics you can request a quote!

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