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UPS returned my box of NHC beer
« on: June 06, 2012, 03:49:36 PM »
I just got a call from the shipping place that UPS inspected my box and they returned it because of unauthorized shipment of alcohol. >:( Luckily I have enough time to resend it, but does anyone have any advice for how to ship it without it getting returned?

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Re: UPS returned my box of NHC beer
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2012, 03:53:58 PM »
FedEx FedEx! I have never had a problem with them :) Everytime I do it I tell them it is a yeast sample. They are good with that.
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Re: UPS returned my box of NHC beer
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2012, 05:29:50 PM »
UPS inspected your box?  WTF?
I know that the post office has laws against shipping alcohol, but for ups it is just policy.  Why should they care?
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Re: UPS returned my box of NHC beer
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2012, 05:45:12 PM »
Mine was just delivered today from NH.  I print the labels at home and send them from work.  I've never had one returned.  Glad you have time to resend.

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Re: UPS returned my box of NHC beer
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2012, 06:03:08 PM »
3 boxes of yeast samples safely arrived in Seattle from Regina, SK, Canada yesterday via Fedex.

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Re: UPS returned my box of NHC beer
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2012, 06:10:59 PM »
Damn, that sucks. It's probably a fluke since thousands of homebrew beer shipments must be shipped each year using UPS and Fedex and we rarely hear of shipments being returned. Still, that doesn't help you. Send it again via Fedex and make sure there are no reasons to inspect the box (clicking bottles, markings on the box, etc).
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Re: UPS returned my box of NHC beer
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2012, 04:03:11 AM »
Why not just call it soda? Do they actually open the bottles?
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Re: UPS returned my box of NHC beer
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2012, 05:31:23 AM »
Why not just call it soda? Do they actually open the bottles?
I thought of that - they can't open the bottles and would have to take your word for it. However, the beer competition entry sheets and bottle labels would probably give it away.
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Re: UPS returned my box of NHC beer
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2012, 07:18:02 AM »
Yeah, the strange thing was that none of the bottles were open so they really couldn't have known that it was beer for sure. I guess I was kind of dumb to ship the bottles in a box that had 12 beer glasses in it originally, and had pictures of beer on the outside.  :-[

I talked to a friend last night who does shipping for a big winery in town, and she said that you should be able to ship alcohol, as long as you pay extra for an over 21 receiving signature. Anyway, she said she would ship them for me today, which will get them there tomorrow.

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Re: UPS returned my box of NHC beer
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2012, 10:17:20 AM »
Was this a call from UPS, or did you have the UPS Store ship it for you?  I'm just curious where it was opened.  Was it after UPS picked it up, or before?

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Re: UPS returned my box of NHC beer
« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2012, 10:43:17 AM »
They said it was after UPS picked it up. It had some UPS stickers on it that send return to Postal Annex because of unauthorized shipment of alcohol. I kind of wonder if the people at the store opened it, though. The woman there kind of gave me a hard time.

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Re: UPS returned my box of NHC beer
« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2012, 01:07:23 PM »
They said it was after UPS picked it up. It had some UPS stickers on it that send return to Postal Annex because of unauthorized shipment of alcohol. I kind of wonder if the people at the store opened it, though. The woman there kind of gave me a hard time.
there is certainly some weird things here.  I've shipped beer from my local UPS Store, told them it was beer, and they had no problem whatsoever. 

Curious.

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Re: UPS returned my box of NHC beer
« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2012, 03:55:14 PM »
They said it was after UPS picked it up. It had some UPS stickers on it that send return to Postal Annex because of unauthorized shipment of alcohol. I kind of wonder if the people at the store opened it, though. The woman there kind of gave me a hard time.

are you sure they didn't try to mail it through the USPS? I know the UPS store near my work accepts mail for the USPS. postal annex is a USPS term isn't it? wouldn't it my shipping annex or something if it was UPS?
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Re: UPS returned my box of NHC beer
« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2012, 07:56:19 PM »
...are you sure they didn't try to mail it through the USPS? I know the UPS store near my work accepts mail for the USPS. postal annex is a USPS term isn't it? wouldn't it my shipping annex or something if it was UPS?

My thoughts exactly.  I've never heard of problems shipping beer via UPS...I've done it many times.
Even some of the 'beer of the month' things I've received as gifts came delivered via UPS. 
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Re: UPS returned my box of NHC beer
« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2012, 08:47:59 PM »
I've been competition organizer for a BJCP Sanctioned event. A couple of entries arrived damaged. One was packed really badly, and the box was saturated and stinking of beer when UPS delivered it. That didn't seem to bother them, and it was obvious what it was.

I think it's really the luck of the draw. If you get some T totaling prude you're screwed. Good reason to enter early and often.

 
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