If your company ships any kind of alcoholic beverages, you must meet many rules and regulations. This can add a great deal to your alcohol carrier costs and make more work for you and your staff. These five tips on shipping wine can help you avoid some of the common hassles.
1. Temperature is Important
Finely crafted alcoholic beverages like wine are sensitive to temperatures. Even if the shipment is only on the road for a day or so, that’s long enough to ruin fine wines. In fact, during warm weather, wine easily spoils, and your entire shipment could get ruined.
It’s best to keep wine around 60 degrees Fahrenheit with little fluctuation in temperature, and it shouldn’t get below 55 or over 65 for best results.
Humidity is just as important as the temperature when it comes to wine. In fact, the seals are sensitive, and when moisture levels get too low, they can shrink, crack, and leak. To be sure your wine has no humidity problems, make sure the alcohol carrier keeps humidity levels at around seventy percent.
3. Use Closed Shipping Containers
Check to see that your shipping containers are completely closed to keep out sunlight. In fact, sunlight causes the wine to oxidize and spoil. Also, sunlight causes temperatures to rapidly rise, and if your shipment sits on the dock very long (in sunlight), it could get damaged.
4. Vibrations and Movement
Wine needs secure packing for shipping. Even though some movement has to occur, it’s best to use an alcohol carrier who understands the art of proper loading and unloading. Too much movement can damage your fine wine.
5. Choose the Right Alcohol Carrier
When you select a freight service, choose a company with experience shipping alcoholic beverages. They are familiar with all the regulations and never route your shipment through dry counties (which is illegal).