Sending Beer (2 cans) to and receiving from Europe

Has anybody ever sent beer by mail to Europe? (I assume for my question it’s the same as to the US)

Me and a couple of friends from Germany and Austria are doing this Christmas game, where we send each other beer specialties from our region. So, as I live in Taiwan I wanted to send 2 cans of Taiwan Beer (and hope to receive German or Austrian beer in exchange). However, today at the post office I was told that while the alcohol content is not against postal rules (that’s what I originally was afraid of) I apparently am not allowed to send beer because it’s carbonated.

Has anybody ever had any experience with this question? If yes, (how) did you solve it? Can I maybe just write “beverage” on the customs declaration?

Also, the other way round: Would I be able to receive a parcel containing beer?

Thanks for your advice!

If you can’t sort this out - my friends BF is flying back to Germany on the 20th - maybe I could ask if he can take it for you?

I think that a lot of countries don’t allow liquids to be sent through international post.

Also, wouldn’t there be a huge chance that a can of beer would burst open if sent like that?

@monokuro: Thanks a lot for the offer, I appreciate it! I will try to not burden you (or your friend’s BF), though!

@Indiana: The liquid is not the problem, and my friends have been sending beer back and forth between Austria and Germany for quite a while. It indeed is the “carbonated” in the beer. However, I would assume that metal cans are relatively safe - considering the fact that you are apparently generally allowed to send (non carbonated) liquids in glass containers.

The lady at the post office (seeing my disappointed and sad face) suggested to send Pineapple Cake instead. :smiley:

ha ha! Bless.

Maybe it’s for the best. Imagine the look of disgust on your mates faces when they sample the beer and realise they’ve been jipped, it’s not proper beer at all, it’s just fizzy yellow shite.

Why don’t you just take the parcel a different post office and tell them it’s pineapple cakes for your mates in Germany? It’s only two cans of beer after all, what have you go to lose?

Honestly, I was wondering whether they are X-ray-ing outgoing parcels (for security reasons). Because in that case sneaked-in tin cans would be clearly visible. :smiley:

But you are right, I’m currently thinking of just labeling it “beverages” or so and pack them alongside some pineapple cakes (which I would have included anyway :wink:). The parcel is not packed yet, so I’m still flexible.

It’s getting more and more interesting. I was at two other post offices today (I thought I’d give it a try) and got another set of different answers:

  1. You cannot send beer because you are not allowed to send alcohol (which, as I was told yesterday after inquiring that specific point, was not forbidden at all - apparently it is at another post office).

  2. You are not allowed to send beverages at all (I thought I was very clever to ask about fruit juice).
    "What? Really no beverages?!? :astonished: "
    "No beverages. :no-no: "

I have a feeling my friend is going to get only pineapple cake after all. :frowning:

Maybe you get some German Christstollen in return. That wouldn’t be too bad, would it? :slight_smile:

The Sapporo company in Japan makes beer candy. Maybe you could get your hands on something like that?

[quote=“Lisi”]@monokuro: Thanks a lot for the offer, I appreciate it! I will try to not burden you (or your friend’s BF), though!

@Indiana: The liquid is not the problem, and my friends have been sending beer back and forth between Austria and Germany for quite a while. It indeed is the “carbonated” in the beer. However, I would assume that metal cans are relatively safe - considering the fact that you are apparently generally allowed to send (non carbonated) liquids in glass containers.

The lady at the post office (seeing my disappointed and sad face) suggested to send Pineapple Cake instead. :smiley:[/quote]

Pineapple cake! Ha ha! :bravo:

GC Rider: Haha, maybe! I’m not overly fond of Christstollen, though. I’d still pefer beer. :slight_smile:

jimipresley: Thanks for the advice! I’m not sure where to find these things, though. Let’s see…

[quote]I was at two other post offices today (I thought I’d give it a try) and got another set of different answers:
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If I were to ask any two Taiwanese people the same question I’d be fairly confident of getting two different, and probably contradictory answers. Especially if I’m asking for directions. They just desperately want to be helpful, even if this means making shit up.

I all likelihood neither of the people you asked at the post office actually know the correct answer.

True, I experienced the same thing (apart from my beer sending issue).

I’m currently leaning towards to taking my chances. I cannot believe that it is generally forbidden to send beverages. I searched every information sheet I could think of and all they said was “Don’t send weapons, explosives, porn…” haha. So I’ll just pack two cans alongside pineapple cake and other funny Taiwanese snacks (fish peanuts, mochi…) and see whether it gets trough. :slight_smile:

[quote=“Lisi”]True, I experienced the same thing (apart from my beer sending issue).

I’m currently leaning towards to taking my chances. I cannot believe that it is generally forbidden to send beverages. I searched every information sheet I could think of and all they said was “Don’t send weapons, explosives, porn…” haha. So I’ll just pack two cans alongside pineapple cake and other funny Taiwanese snacks (fish peanuts, mochi…) and see whether it gets trough. :slight_smile:[/quote]

I wouldn’t send the mochi because it will certainly be inedible by the time it gets there (maybe you don’t know that you should never keep mochi in the fridge). It will be a funny experience for your German friends, that’s for sure. But not in a good way. :smiley:

Oh no! I never tried to put them in a fridge - what’s going to happen?!
And… why did you put mochi in a fridge? :ohreally:
My parcel is already prepared, so I will not open it again (unless told so tomorrow by a rude post office employee), but I will precaution my friend about that. :slight_smile:

BTW: I just talked to an Austrian friend who told me that he recently received two bottles of Austrian rum, sent by his mother from Austria to Taiwan. So much for “no sending of alcohol, liquids, bottles… whatever”. :smiley:

The mochi will just turn into a hard tasteless mass once you put it in the fridge. Kinda like really old chewing gum. The whole point of the mochi will be lost. I figured with the freezing weather in Germany at the moment, the effect of sending it by mail for a week will be the same as if you put it in a fridge. But hopefully not.

Hm, that sounds really not so good. Maybe I take it out after all. Thanks for the warning!

Just thought I’d share with you that my parcel arrived in Germany today, complete with everything I packed (beer, pineapple cakes, beef- and pork jerky, mochi and some other small things), without any problems. :slight_smile:

I have no news on the condition of the mochi yet, though.

Now I’m waiting for my beer-parcel from Europe to arrive. :slight_smile:

Good stuff! :thumbsup: So all the scaremongering was bullshit. Thanks for the heads up.

Sure!

Also, I labeled the customs declaration “half-truthfully” with “pork crackers, beef jerky, […], and beverage”. :slight_smile:
My friends told me that they usually skip the details and just write “gifts” or so. So it doesn’t seem to matter much, I guess.