U.S. Postal Service looks to alcohol delivery as revenue-raiser

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There’s a lot of money to be made in alcohol deliveries, and U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe wants to take a cut of the revenue-raising action.

The U.S. Postal Service faces a $16 billion budget shortfall — and overturning existing law to allow for mail shipments of wine, beer and alcohol could go far toward bridging that gap, he said, The New York Post reported. For instance, he asked, why can’t visitors to vineyards ship home a bottle or two of wine?

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The Postal Service is looking right now at developing and using special boxes that would allow for the shipment of up to six bottles to anywhere in the country, for a flat fee.

The Senate last year did pass a measure that would let the agency ship alcohol, as long as the recipient can prove he or she is at least 21 years old and the shipment complies with state laws.

“There’s a lot of money to be made in shipping beer, wine and spirits,” Mr. Donahoe said, in The New York Post. “We’d like to be in that business.”

** FILE ** U.S. President Barack Obama drinks Guinness beer at Ollie Hayes pub in Moneygall, Ireland, May 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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