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UPS and FedEx Approved as Direct-to-Consumer Alcohol Carriers in North Dakota

August 8th, 2013
By Jessamyn Boltz - ShipCompliant Research Team

Following North Dakota’s implementation of SB 2147 last week, which is explained in detail here, North Dakota announced that alcohol carriers FedEx and UPS have submitted applications and are now approved for shipping direct-to-consumer orders into North Dakota through the end of the year. SB 2147 updated the existing direct shipping law with the requirement that alcohol carrier and fulfillment logistics companies get “Alcohol Carrier” and “Logistics Shipper” licenses, respectively, in order for wine direct shippers to use their services for shipments to North Dakota consumers. FedEx and UPS therefore may now be used for wine direct shipping by North Dakota licensees who ship from their licensed premesis.

Wineries and Retailers licensed to sell and ship to North Dakota consumers should remember, however, that until logistics shippers (aka fulfillment warehouses) are licensed under SB 2147 requirements, only in-house fulfilled orders can be shipped. North Dakota periodically publishes a list of licensed entities on their website located here under the link title “List of Alcohol Licenses”.

Update 10/15/2013:
FedEx will halt shipments effective November 1st, 2013. Please see this post for more information.

2 Responses to “UPS and FedEx Approved as Direct-to-Consumer Alcohol Carriers in North Dakota”

  1. Jill Mallini says:

    Fedex Ground is pulling out of alcohol deliveries in ND per their legal dept in fedex. effective Nov. 1st 2013. Please update your ND article.

  2. Jill, you are correct. We updated the post and also published a new post informing people of the change.

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