Expanding your online sales to include the global wine market can be a great way to grow your business and increase your revenue flow.
However, there are a few things you need to consider before you go down that road:
1. Confirm product shippability.
While you may know the package restrictions for your domestic shipments, when it comes to shipping overseas, weight and size limits will often vary by the destination.
And just as every state in the U.S. has its own restrictions, so does every country.
Therefore, you need to make sure you understand the exact shipping requirements for each country you want to ship to.
2. Prepare packages.
Your international shipments will go through multiple processing centers as well as travel in several different types of vehicles.
This means you need to be extra careful about how you package your cross-border shipments in order to reduce the risk of damage.
3. Become familiar with customs documentation.
There are several different certifications and documents you must complete in order to export wine. The TTB website lists the following:
- Certificate of Free Sale.
- Certificate of Origin and/or Age.
- Certificate of Health.
- Certificate of Sanitation.
- Certificate of Authenticity.
- Sanitary Statement/Certificate.
- Certificate of Manufacturing Process.
It’s the responsibility of the seller to confirm which of the above certificates are required for the country to which they want to import wine.