At Overland Express we've been delivering wine across the UK and Europe for over three decades. From the French region of Alsace through to Zinfandels from California, we offer a safe and reliable service so you can relax with a glass of your favourite Pinot.
It can be challenging to find a courier willing to deliver wine. Due to their fragile nature, many have decided it's not worth the risk. Overland Express feel that with a little care and attention when packing, you can send wine safely and securely through our network of industry-leading couriers, DHL, UPS, and Parcel Force to name a few. Because we've been in the wine biz for so long, you'll benefit from our volume discount, granting you huge savings on your delivery, plus a fully tracked and signed for service.
We work with wine houses, bars, small businesses through to collectors and private individuals. Whether you want to send a bottle as a gift to your friends and family or your searching for the best service to send cases to customers, We at Overland Express have got you covered. Throughout the UK, we offer next-day delivery and collection can even be the same day if you book before 12PM on the day of sending. We can arrange collection from your home, office, wine warehouse or even auction house at your convenience.
You can send wine to most countries around the world without issues. However, we recommend that you check the laws in the country you're shipping to, as some do require an import license. For the majority of countries, a simple commercial invoice will suffice which is created by Overland Express during the booking process. We provide all customs paperwork free of charge. We can also import wines from most countries, with various road service options throughout Europe.
Please note that we're unable to insure wine due to the bottles being made of glass. So before you send your wine, take the time to read through our packing advice below to minimise any damages. Click our Quick Quote Tool now to see our cost-effective rates for shipping your favourite wine.
How to Send Wine by Courier
Strong cardboard box
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.
Use our quick quote tool above to see how much we can save you when you need to send wine to the UK and Europe.
Questions? Check our FAQ's on shipping wine below.
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I send my work worldwide on a regular basis and I now use Overland Express for all my shipping. It is great to get such a personal service, they are always quick to answer emails and you even get to talk to a real person on the phone, who knows what they are doing. It is also good to know the insurance they offer really works as the insurance offered by most of the big companies have so many restrictions and exemptions. I have used Overland Express many times and I am very happy with their service and would recommend them to anyone.
I have used Overland Express for 2 years now. I use them to ship bass guitars which are a very large item and have found that they offer the best prices and a good choice of options.
But you only find out how good a company is when things go wrong. Recently there was an issue with a return to a shop, they had the item but due to a mix up within the shop the parcel was never booked in.
I would like to thank the guys at OE for the work you guys put in to help resolve this issue. With some shippers you can`t even speak to a real person never mind get someone to help you with a problem so having someone who you can e mail or speak to on the phone, helped resolve the issue with the shop.
Needed to send my late husband's guitar plus accessories to a family member.
I've never used a carrier other than Royal Mail before and was a bit nervous. (The parcel was too large for Royal Mail and I'd been warned against using a certain other carrier.)
The Overland Express website gave very helpful advice on how to prepare the guitar and protect it for transit.
I found the firm's customer service to be excellent. I was worried because online tracking informed me that only one parcel had been delivered. I phoned and got an answer straight away. Tom (I think) checked online for me and was very reassuring.
The second parcel was indeed delivered later in the day.
We are able to offer lower process than the courier providers themselves due to our bulk buying power, further to that these providers don't want to have the hassle of dealing with individuals - That's how we can offer significantly lower prices.
We've tried to make it as easy as possible to book a parcel delivery with Overland Express by keeping the number of pages down to an absolute minimum that you are required to click-through to complete the parcel delivery booking.
We are sorry to disappoint, but you will not find any budget parcel delivery services here. However, the premium highly rated services from the likes of DHL and UPS can be found here that have prices very close to the budget services that we always avoid.
Use the tracking reference number that we provide at the time of booking to ascertain the whereabouts of your parcel at any given time, from collection to delivery, major updates are always shown on our courier partners tracking pages.
We have secured specialist insurance cover for most items (glass, perfume, paint and liquids etc. excluded) up to the value of £20,000.00 which can be purchased for just 2.00% of the items stated value.
Use the live chat function on our web-site if you need to quickly speak with one of our customer support team, it's a direct communication channel which does not use artificial intelligence to attempt to dissuade you from talking to us.