Bill Would Let USPS Deliver Bev/Al to Consumers

A bill to repeal a Prohibition-era law that prevents the U.S. Postal Service from shipping alcoholic beverages to consumers was introduced in the House.  WineAmerica said the bill was critical in leveling the playing field and increasing consumer and manufacturer choice while bringing in millions of dollars in revenue per year.

“While other carriers deliver alcoholic beverages directly to consumers, current law prohibits USPS from taking similar action. Allowing USPS to deliver wine, beer, and spirits produced across our great nation provides another option for shipping carriers. This is extremely beneficial to small craft breweries and locally owned wineries, especially in rural regions like Central Washington, who struggle to gain market access. The time has come for us to shatter these barriers and unlock the tremendous potential of the wine and alcoholic beverage industry,” said Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash). “This crucial legislation has the potential to create opportunity for the wine, beer, and spirits landscape, foster economic growth, and empower consumers and businesses alike.”

“The outdated prohibition on shipping alcohol through the Postal Service is bad for consumers and bad for small businesses—imposing unnecessary costs and hassle. I’m proud to partner with Rep. Newhouse on this long-overdue, bipartisan reform to support local brewers, vineyards, and distillers by improving their affordable shipping options and opening up access to new markets,” said Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.).

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