Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wine shipping records confusion prompts crackdown

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Many states are cracking down on what they perceive as illegal alcohol shipping, with New York, Michigan, and Illinois at the top of the aggressive stance, according to a report on

Part of the states' shipping crackdown comes from confusion over shipping reports. Alex Koral, industry outreach advisor at the direct-to-consumer (DTC) tracking organization ShipCompliant, “Many wineries will use third-party fulfillment centers to facilitate their orders. When the common carrier files a report with the state, they’ll list the fulfillment center as the source of the shipment … . The states won’t have a record of that location being connected to a licensee … . It looks like it’s an illegal order, even though it was properly coming from a legal, licensed winery.” He says only North Dakota and Virginia license fulfillment centers.

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