The United States Postal Service has the potential to raise up to $50 million a year with the passing of a new law. USPS alcohol delivery is currently restricted by law but Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says, “There’s a lot of money to be made in beer, wine and spirits. We’d like to be in that business.” There are plenty of reasons why customers would want to ship alcohol through the USPS, such as vacations to vineyards or breweries. Donahoe said there are special boxes that can be used to ship different alcohol. These boxes could hold two, four or six bottles at a time and ship anywhere in the country, for a flat rate. USPS alcohol delivery is so restricted in fact, that customers are told to cover and hide any labels, logos or markings on beverage boxes used for shipping, even if there is no alcoholic content inside the package.
Last year, a postal reform bill was passed by the Senate. This included a provision which allowed USPS liquor delivery. Any of these USPS alcohol deliveries have to comply with individual state laws from where the package is shipped from and where it is going to. This postal reform bill also stated that whoever signed for the package upon delivery had to be at least 21 years of age and be able to show a, “valid government-issued photo identification”. Along with the passing of an alcohol delivery bill, the USPS is also trying to end door-to-door and Saturday mail deliveries. So far, the House ‘has passed legislation to stabilize the Postal Service’s ailing finances that would cut letter deliveries to five days and phase out door-to-door deliveries over 10 years.’ However, this bill says nothing about allowing USPS alcohol delivery.
There is slight problem with ending Saturday and door-to-door deliveries – a majority of elderly residents count on these types of postal services for their medications and prescription goods. If these services are eliminated, these residents would not be able to rely on the postal service for their health needs. The USPS beer delivery idea may or may not have a chance at surviving; only time will tell. If the House has already agreed to the beginning stages of eliminating Saturday and door-to-door deliveries and services, the USPS may be out of alcohol delivery before they can even begin.