January 28th, 2009
Many questions have resulted from a new law prohibiting wine retailers from shipping to consumers in Michigan that recently went into effect. The new law specifically bans common carriers (FedEx and UPS) from delivering retailer wine shipments to Michigan consumers. This law does not affect the existing regulations for wineries shipping to consumers under the permit structure. Wineries with an approved Direct Shipping License may continue to ship to Michigan consumers via FedEx and UPS. Information about how to obtain Michigan Direct Shipping License can be found on the Wine Institute website http://www.wineinstitute.org/initiatives/stateshippinglaws.
Annie Bones, State Relations – Wine Institute