UPS is expanding its ability to ship alcohol, wine and beer to consumers around the world. It can now ship to 39 wine importing countries with key destination markets being Canada, China, India, Mexico and the UK.
Using one of the UPS Express® Shipping services, wine connoisseurs can have their favourite cases of wine shipped directly from the vineyards to their home.
UPS is helping wineries reach consumers living in 24 of the top 35 wine importing countries, and distilleries in 9 of the top 25 spirit importing countries. Depending on the destination, orders can arrive at the destination within 3 days. All alcohol shipments require an adult signature upon delivery.
According to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine, 43% of all wine is consumed in a country other than where it is produced. The global wine market is expected to reach US$385 billion by 2022. Major exporting countries for wine include Italy, Spain, France, Chile, Australia, South Africa and the US.
Europe is the market leader in wine production and consumption. UPS will ship to 23 countries in Europe including these primary markets: Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Wine consumption is also growing rapidly in Asian markets. By 2020, China is expected to surpass the US as the world's 3rd largest largest wine importer. The fast growing middle class is driving the demand for premium alcohol. Last year, China imported US$1.1 billion worth of spirits globally.
UPS will now ship wine, beer and liquor to consumers and businesses in 11 countries throughout Asia Pacific including China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. In Malaysia, only businesses can import wine and beer.
UPS provides automatic tracking and visibility allowing the consumer to follow an order on its global journey.