How to Send Wine by Courier


Bubble wrap

Parcel tape

Strong Cardboard box

Packaging peanuts

A cardboard box must be used for the outer packaging due to COVID-19 handling restrictions.

When preparing wine for shipping, the most important consideration is that they can easily be damaged. By following a few simple rules, you can significantly reduce any chance of damage whilst in transit. The idea is to stop any movement of the wine within the box, this will lessen the chance of any breakages.

When choosing a cardboard box to send wines in, always use double walled new boxes. Used boxes may not offer sufficient protection to the wine. Also use cardboard dividers where possible. Choose a box that is large enough for your bottles and packaging to fit securely, without excessive space around the bottles.

Please fill any voids with foam chips, or even better, air shock bubble packaging. Air shock packaging is available from most packing suppliers and offers the ultimate in protection. Please note that neither Overland Express, or any of our carriers will accept responsibility for any wine that is damaged in transit, so a little extra care when preparing your wine for shipping will pay dividends.

Once you are happy with the packaging of your wine delivery, tape the box shut with 2 or 3 layers of strong parcel tape, paying attention to any edges that may need additional tape. Don't skimp on the packing tape, as the wine shipments are heavy and the last thing you want, is for a bottle to fall out the bottom of the box, if it is not properly secured. Although we describe it as wine, it is worth writing 'FRAGILE' on the box and affixing fragile labels, or fragile tape, if you have them.

Finally, attach the Overland Express parcel label to the box, together with 3 copies of the commercial invoice (if applicable) these are required when sending wine outside of the United Kingdom, or importing wine to the United Kingdom. All 3 copies of the Commercial invoice must be signed and attached to the outside of the box. If sending multiple boxes, please attach all 3 copies to just 1 of the boxes.

Visit our wine shipping page to see how much we can save you when you need to send wine to the UK and Europe.

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Overland Express customer services team on +44 (0) 20 8977 2777 or Email us at

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