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I want to ship Vodka back to the USA...What are the laws?


Dougm1966  
22 Sep 2007 /  #1
I'm a manufacturer here in Poland and export to the USA...
I want to run a promotion on my website offering a 200ml bottle of Żubrówka with every purchase. I'm not interested in "selling" alcohol and our product is geared primarily towards adults.

I can manage the age verification on my website.

To put it simply, could I send my mother a 200ml bottle of alcohol legally?

Does anyone know where I can get the appropriate information?

Thanks for any help someone might have out there.

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Ranj 21 | 948  
22 Sep 2007 /  #2
The laws very from state to state, but for the most part, I believe it is illegal to ship alcohol.....here is a website that lists all the states and their regulations on importing alcohol. It also has a link to the ATF's rules on different types of shipment (personal, etc).
szkotja2007 27 | 1,499  
22 Sep 2007 /  #3
I want to run a promotion on my website offering a 200ml bottle of Żubrówka with every purchase.

Sounds like a great promotion ! Are you planning this within EU ? Maybe we could test the system by sending me a bottle and I will let you know if I get it.
Peter 3 | 247  
22 Sep 2007 /  #4
Is'nt there a problem with Zubrowka in the US because the bison grass acts as a blood thinner?
Ranj 21 | 948  
22 Sep 2007 /  #5
Oh crap, I hope not.....I delivered bottles to each of my brothers from my sweety.....don't think any of them have bled out though;)
szkotja2007 27 | 1,499  
22 Sep 2007 /  #6
he vodka’s flavor is a result of the infusion of one or two kilograms of bison grass per one thousand liters of vodka. Then, a long blade of this grass is typically placed in each bottle. Hierochloe odorata contains coumarin, a naturally occurring chemical which was originally used to flavor tobacco and cakes and has been found to display various medicinal properties, such as a blood thinner.

Wow - you live and learn ! I think the dose is inconsequential though.
Ranj 21 | 948  
22 Sep 2007 /  #7
Maybe we could test the system by sending me a bottle and I will let you know if I get it.

You are just too kind to offer to do that, szkotja ;)
Peter 3 | 247  
22 Sep 2007 /  #8
Also, as my brother and I discovered the hard way, you are not allowed to carry any "rectified spirits" if you are leaving Poland via aircraft.

"Zubrowka" is a specific category of Polish vodka that is made with the extract of bison grass. Bison Grass Vodka features a singular blade of authentic bison grass, grown in the northeastern region of Poland in Bialowieza, know for its prisitne forests and bison herds. It is a premium potato vodka; its bottle has a distinctive grass-green tine that hints at the refreshing and flavorful experience within. Hundreds of years ago, Polish nobility first began infusing their vodka with bison grass in the belief that it provided virility, stamina and power. Over the years, bison grass has been rumored to be an aphrodisiac and a strong influencer of the affairs of the heart.

The myth and mystery surrounding the power of bison grass did have some basis in fact, as the FDA disallowed bison grass as an added ingredient in the late 1970's. Bison Grass Vodka has successfully created the essence of bison grass without including any of the properties that the FDA had found objectionable.

I do not know if they will allow the "real thing" ie the bison grass into the US.
osiol 55 | 3,922  
22 Sep 2007 /  #9
Celebrate getting Zubrowka into the US with a fine Cuban cigar.

I had read that some indigenous North Americans use the same or a similar bison grass for it's many alleged properties.
Ranj 21 | 948  
22 Sep 2007 /  #10
you are not allowed to carry any "rectified spirits" if you are leaving Poland via aircraft

That's why I packed mine away in my checked baggage.....I knew I couldn't carry any liquids past security.
JohnP - | 210  
22 Sep 2007 /  #11
Zubrowka can be purchased in the USA. I think there are hazmat permits (flammable liquids) that need to be arranged, but it can be done. Beverages & More in Southern California(also known as BevMo) has Zubrowka usually, but I never managed to try it while I lived there. I'm still trying to find it here in Virginia.

Still, it's definitely not illegal here.
Peter 3 | 247  
22 Sep 2007 /  #12
That's why I packed mine away in my checked baggage.....I knew I couldn't carry any liquids past security

We tried that leaving Wroclaw, they still caught it and pulled us to one side before we boarded the plane and confiscated it.
Ranj 21 | 948  
22 Sep 2007 /  #13
they still caught it and pulled us to one side before we boarded the plane and confiscated it.

Really? Hmmm.....that surprises me. For one, I didn't know it was illegal to take with me....I just assumed since I was following the guidelines of the amount to be taken, that I was alright. Oh, well, I got it in and my brothers enjoyed their Vodka.
Peter 3 | 247  
23 Sep 2007 /  #14
I think it's because rectified spirits are highly combustable.
aawil 1 | 20  
14 Oct 2007 /  #15
When I came back from warsaw in February I had 2 belvedere bottles and 1 Zubrowka in my checked baggage. Not even counting the beer. At the airport I bought 2 bottles of debowa. Which has a piece of oak in it. And another smaller bottle of zubrowka. They sealed those in plastic bags so they can't be tampered with, and I had no problem bringing them in my carry on.
sledz 23 | 2,250  
14 Oct 2007 /  #16
and I had no problem bringing them in my carry on.

yeah but he wants to ship it as the thread says

Its not going to work dont try to mail any liquids in the US
Oscypek - | 107  
16 Oct 2007 /  #17
Zubrowka can be purchased in the USA.

You can buy it in the US, but it's not the real thing (because of the regulations already mentioned in this thread)--it's not nearly as good. I understand that it's generally no problem to bring it back on a plane in luggage that is checked.

yeah but he wants to ship it as the thread says Its not going to work dont try to mail any liquids in the US

I've heard that it can be shipped in the mail... but I doubt that it's legal.
sledz 23 | 2,250  
16 Oct 2007 /  #18
You can buy it through Binnys.com they`ll ship anywhere in the US
plk123 8 | 4,150  
16 Oct 2007 /  #19
Does anyone know where I can get the appropriate information?

Thanks for any help someone might have out there.

atf.gov
pdmokry 3 | 12  
25 Oct 2007 /  #20
I got away with bringing back 6 ears of Zubrowka 1.5L. They checked my bags and found it but they were more intrested in finding some sort of drugs as i did spend time in Amsterdam. I came in to DFW airport and they just made sure i was 21 and let me god after ripping apart all my stuff.

But i too am almost out and down to my last bottle!!! If anybody has any leads on where to get the exact brand as the picture let me know!!!

I think i found a site that sells the real Zubrowka and have orderd one bottle as a test! Will keep y'all informed!!!
RalphyCC 1 | 34  
30 Oct 2007 /  #21
Also, as my brother and I discovered the hard way, you are not allowed to carry any "rectified spirits" if you are leaving Poland via aircraft.

Where does one carry "Rectified Spirits"?
Zgubiony 15 | 1,554  
31 Oct 2007 /  #22
I brougt some back in my check in luggage with no issues....more than once, but I was able to find in the US so no need to bring more back.
TheKruk 3 | 308  
1 Nov 2007 /  #23
I bought "Zubrowka" in California once and was so happy to find it i bought 3 big bottles for a large party. The bottle was beautiful the label was like the polish one, the grass was inside. But when i drank my first sip it was not the same the flavor was too strong like a Vanilla vodka and the color was more greenish than true zubrowka. My thought they use some sort of flavoring at polmos that gets around the legal aspects of shipping true Zubrowka. It was not real Zubrowka though I am certain, close but not the real stuff. I looked like an idiot though telling everyone how good it was and then it tasted like crap. What the hell is the problem ! we need our Zubrowka here in the US!

My wifes babcia is visiting an we went through the bottle she brought in one night.

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